Barry Venning has published widely, including
the volume on Turner in Phaidon's Art & Ideas series. He was the BBC's
script consultant and expert commentator for Rolf Harris's programme on the
Fighting Temeraire in 2005 and has contributed to the BBC2 documentary Turner,
Man of Iron.
He has also published a study of John Constable's paintings. His interests and his
teaching extend from medieval art and architecture to the art of the twentieth
He is currently Associate Lecturer with the Open University and lectures on a
freelance basis for NADFAS, Christie's Education and other organisations.
The great critic, John Ruskin, believed that
Turner's later marine paintings included 'the noblest seas ever painted by man'
and over the years few have seriously contested his judgement.
One third of Turner's oil paintings are of marine or seafaring subjects, and this
lecture surveys the full range of his work in this genre. They include sea
battles, fishing scenes, wreck pictures, the slave trade, mythological subjects
and, above all, the sea itself in all its moods.
It shows how Turner took a lowly and little regarded category of painting and
used it to produce some of the most compelling images of the Romantic movement.
Organised and hosted by Nerja Decorative and
Fine Art Soceity.
Decorative and Fine Arts Society (Nerja DFAS) was established in October 2002
as an independent member society of the National Association of Decorative and
Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) in the UK, after beginning in December 1993 as the
Eastern section of the Costa del Sol Decorative and Fine Arts Society which was
founded in Mijas in November 1988.
NADFAS has over
300 societies throughout the UK, and there are now 10 Societies within Mainland
Europe and 24 in Australia. Together they represent a worldwide membership of
There are five societies in Southern Spain. Click on other groups in the
left-hand column for information about the others.
NADFAS is a
thriving society of over 140 members and its primary aim is to further the
enjoyment, knowledge and awareness of the Arts internationally, and to
stimulate interest in the artistic heritage of Spain.
Click here for
details of joining NADFAS.
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