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Foreigners in London, from 1520 to 1677. The artists who changed the course of British Art Leslie Primo Tuesday 03 December 2019

Leslie Primo graduated in Art History and has an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck, University College, London. During his studies he specialised in early Medieval and Renaissance studies, including, Italian Renaissance Drawing, Art and Architecture in Europe 1250-1400 Art and Architecture in Europe 1400-1500, Leslie has worked at the National Gallery, London since 2000, The Arts Society since 2009, and has also taught outreach courses at the Courtauld Institute. He was a visiting lecturer at Reading University in 2005 and 2007 and currently lectures at the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and teaches art history courses at Imperial College, London and a variety of higher academic institutions. 

Why were foreign painters preferred by the aristocracy in London to the native-born English painters? Why did foreign painters come in the first place, what was their motivation and what was their impact in London on English art and art practise?

The lecture will look at various formats and uses of art from the Tudor period through to the Renaissance. It will examine artists such as Holbein, Gerritvan Honthorst, Marcus Gheeraerts, van Dyck, Peter Lely  Rubens and several others. It will look at how these artists influenced the British School of painting and assess their legacies.