Maritime Culture and Britain in the Age of J. M. W. Turner
Greenwich SE10 9NF
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To coincide with a major exhibition of the work of J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), Royal Museums Greenwich is hosting an interdisciplinary conference exploring the cultural impact of the sea in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
Turner and the Sea is the first full-scale examination of the artist’s lifelong preoccupation with the sea, and features many of his most celebrated works, from his transformative Academy paintings of the late 1790s and early 1800s to the unfinished, experimental seascapes he produced towards the end of his life. The exhibition offers the opportunity to discover the myriad ways in which Turner responded to the maritime art – past and contemporary – while challenging his audiences with new ways of representing the sea.
The conference aims to locate Turner’s seascapes within a broader maritime context, and explore the cultural and political significance of the sea during his lifetime.
Including Friday evening reception and private view of the Turner and the Sea exhibition
February 18, 2014, 4:00pm BST
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