Magazine article History Today

Round & About: March 2008

Magazine article History Today

Round & About: March 2008

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Chinese Reflections

Until December 31st

York Casde Museum

Telephone: 01904 687687

www.york.trust.museum

The influence of Chinese culture on everyday British life is explored in this exhibition which compares oriental artefacts with British objects that demonstrate a connection. This month the museum also opens its new gallery, The Sixties, which hopes to change perspectives on this explosive decade.

Visible Lives: Sub-Saharan Africans in Renaissance Venice

March 5th, 6.30pm

The Skeel Lecture Theatre, Queen

Mary University of London, Mile End

Road, London EI 4NS

www.qmul.ac.uk/renaissance

This is Kate Lowe's Inaugural Lecture, delivered as part of the third series of Renaissance Seminars at The Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. On March 19th, Simon Thurley will address the series on Architecture and Authority in Early Modern Europe, in a session chaired by Lisa Jardine.

China at the Court of the Emperors

March 7th to June 20th

Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi 50123

Firenze (Florence) Italy

Telephone: 00 390552776461

www.palazzostrozzi.org

The arrival of Buddhism in China in the 5th century, and its impact on the style that characterises the Tang Dynasty (618-907), as well as the cosmopolitan nature of the dynasty and the evolution of the formality of the preceding Han dynasty to the emergence of a new and vital style epitomized by the Tang, are themes illustrated in this major exhibition of over a hundred masterpieces including many treasures recently found in the Shaanxi Province.

Cranach

March 8th to June 8th

The Sackler Galleries, Royal

Academy of Arts. Burlington House

Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Telephone: 020 7300 8000

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The German Renaissance master, Lucas Cranach (c. 1472-1553) is celebrated in this collaborative show organized by the Stadel Museum in Frankfurt am Main and the Royal Academy. Painter, portraitist, printmaker and book illustrator, Cranach's close involvement with Martin Luther, for whom he supervised printing of pamphlets, devised woodcuts and painted altarpieces for Lutheran churches, did not prevent him from continuing to work for Catholic patrons. He was the successful court artist to the Saxon electors from 1505 to 1547, and this comprehensive exhibition allows us to appreciate the range of his work.

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Quarry Bank Mill Garden

March 11th

Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA

Telephone: 01625 527468

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Part of the Quarry Bank Mill estate in the River Bollin valley, acquired by the National Trust in 2006, the garden was started in 1790, when the mill owner, Samuel Greg, decided to build his family home adjacent to his cotton mill. As well as the newly restored garden, visitors can tour the working cotton mill, tile restored Apprentice House, mill workers' village and country estate.

Johnson is Leaving

March 12th to 13th, 7pm

Dr Johnson's House, 17 Gough

Square, London EC4A 3DE

Telephone: 020 7353 3745

A play by John Wain, performed by Bruce Purchase, for whom it was written, and according to Beryl Bainbridge, bringing Johnson 'wholly to life'.

Brilliant Women: 18th-Century Bluestockings

March 13th to June 15th

National Portrait Gallery. …

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