Tuesday October 25th 2022

Lecturer: Gavin Plumley

In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder was commissioned to create a series of paintings for a dining room in Antwerp. The images, charting the course of the year, changed the way we view the world through art.

Landscape had previously been a decorative backdrop to dramas both sacred and profane. In Bruegel’s hands the landscape became the focus. This lecture explores how Bruegel introduced a new way of thinking about the environment and our individual places within a shifting cosmos.


Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and contributing to newspapers, magazines, opera and concert programmes worldwide. He lectures widely about the culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries.