THE ARTS SOCIETY HELMSLEY: St. Cecilia's Halo: Music, Sex and Death in Victorian Art

This lecture shows how the Pre-Raphaelites took a traditional subject – St. Cecilia – and subverted it. Painting music helped to trigger a broader shift in Victorian art from narrative paintings towards Aestheticism and its focus on
abstract beauty, ambiguity, androgony and sensuality. Suzanne Fagence Cooper studied History at Oxford University and Art History at the Courtald Institute and at Christie’s Education. She is now a Visiting Fellow at the University of York and Research Curator at York Art Gallery.

Lectures are held in the Helmsley Arts Centre auditorium at 7.30 pm
Annual membership costs £50 for nine lectures.
Visitors are welcome and are asked to make a suggested donation of £10.
For more information please contact Felicity Hurst on 01653 628912 or

Presented by The Arts Society Helmsley

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