Visiting the British Renaissance in Hampton Court Palace
We will pay particular attention to the Work of Christopher Wren in the newly built Royal Stuart Palace (1587 - 1604) and his attention to the Renaissance Treasures like the Mantegna Cartoons; the Italian Verrio, inherited from the Tudor Court; the master craftsmen like Grinley Gibbons, the Head Gardner, later continued by Capability Brown; the great Iron specialist Master Jean Tijou. The tradition of hiring foreign masters was started by the humanist Cardinal Wolsey who employed Italian Sculptors and Painters like Orazio Gentileschi and his daughter Artemisia. It seems that Giambattista Penni briefly came to London to work at Hampton Court after the Sack of Rome before settling in France. Their work and the way it fitted with Christopher Wren’s grand Renaissance/Baroque style and design will be identified and discussed in front of their works.
Cost: £39 to include the 3-hour visit and lunch at the Mute Swan.
Tickets to Hampton Court are not included because their cost varies from ‘free’ for members of the Royal Palaces to £21.30 for adults with various concessions.
Meeting place - the ticket office at Hampton Court at 10am
Lunch at 1.30pm - The Mute Swan Pub opposite the entrance gates to Hampton Court.