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French Art Friday: Medieval Arts

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A work of art is an idea that someone exaggerates – A Gide

Time is here for the second of five incredibly interesting and illuminating French Art Fridays at the Alliance Française de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End. Night number two will be on Friday, 23 June, 2017 starting at 6.30pm.

Admission to French Art Fridays: Medieval Arts is $25 for Alliance Francaise members and $30 for non-members. Make sure you don't miss out by purchasing your tickets on-line now:
Alliance Francaise members here; and

Tickets include a glass of fine French wine.

The Alliance Française de Brisbane's Florence Thiriot, has been wowing art lovers and historians since 2015 with her knowledge and insight of all aspects of French art. Whether you have studied Art History, or, perhaps, have an interest in it, you will certainly add to your knowledge by listening to Florence.

French Art Fridays are designed to cover all the significant aspects of art and its evolution inside the 'Old Regime' of France. Over the five nights, be fascinated to learn how French Art developed in the Kingdom of France from anonymous medieval artists to the romantic and passionate painters of the early 19th century. Discover why and how the subjects of these artists expanded so dramatically during the period. Understand the changes as they took place in the artists' visions and representations that correlated with how the world was changing. Then you will appreciate how the role of artists and their position in society developed significantly during the period.

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This talk starts your journey with the Medieval Arts that began in the Middle Ages when artists were usually under the patronage of the Church. As a result, artistic works from the period sought to inspire and glorify Christianity while telling stories the vastly illiterate population could understand. This approach, in turn, led to the creation of magnificent cathedrals and other buildings of striking architecture and lavish decoration.

Although the Middle-Ages, a vast period of almost 1000 years from antiquity to the Renaissance, is often referred to as the Dark Ages and thought of as an artistic desert, there were some surprising artistic advances. It was not a period when society was completely consumed by common people fighting for survival under cruel and illiterate war lords. This was the time when the Romanesque and Gothic periods advanced styles with distinctive features in architecture, sculpture and painting initiated in France that, in turn, began to spread throughout Europe.

Then as French Art developed in response to the various social advances resulting from the impacts of such movements as the Renaissance, Age of Enlightenment and the ideals of the French revolution a millennium of transformation of artistic development took place.

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As the second of five fabulous talks you should mark your diary for the three remaining French Art Fridays in 2017. The topics and their dates are:
French Renaissance, Friday, 8 September at 6.30pm;
France Great Century, Friday, 27 October at 6.30pm; and
French Revolution and the Age of Romantics, Friday, 1 December at 6.30pm.

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Your host on these evenings, Florence Thiriot, is a French teacher at Alliance Français de Brisbane and is completely passionate about art.

Born into a family of art specialists, Florence has taken her love of art across several continents. She grew up in the shadow of the Ecole des Beaux Arts, and has spent her life between Europe, West Africa and finally Australia.

Florence's talks always reveal something new and interesting about French art while her enthusiasm adds greatly to your enjoyment of the evening. And besides, where else can you have an evening of fun in a friendly atmosphere while sipping a glass of fine French wine?

As an added bonus, Florence will also be able to provide a valuable insider's guide to the best museums and galleries in Paris; Florence's knowledge is, by no means limited to the Musée d'Orsay and Pompidou Centre.

For more information on this exciting event contact the Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End by email at: or phone 3844 4460.

Likewise, you can check out Alliance Francaise's web page and its Facebook page to discover more of the fantastic activities and events this dynamic organisation provides.
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Why? Because art matters; especially when you get a free glass of fine French wine
When: Friday, 23 June, 2017 from 6.30pm
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, 262 Montague Road, West End
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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