This talk takes place in the Headley Lecture Theatre

And online on Zoom

Booking is required

With Juliet Heslewood, author and art historian

The sea has held a fascination for artists since ancient times when it was believed to be the home of gods and goddesses.

It has served as the location for fabulous stories inspiring imaginative illustration from the Pre-Raphaelites to Picasso.  

Le Bord de Mer a Palavas by Gustave Courbet, 1854

Le Bord de Mer a Palavas by Gustave Courbet, 1854

Battles at sea, ferocious storms and the security of harbours have all been represented by painters such as Rembrandt, Turner and the Newlyn group.

Artists like Friedrich and Nolde have also revealed their own attitudes towards the sea's unique beauty and how human beings relate to it.

Today the sea suffers an unnatural kind of peril well known on British coasts - pollution - encouraging alternative ways to represent its life - now under threat.

Join art historian Juliet Heslewood to explore how artists have portrayed this inspirational natural phenomenon in a myriad of ways.


The event will take place online and in-person at the Ashmolean.

This event has now taken place.