Wednesday 18 NOVEMBER 2015 - 6:30 pm for 7 pm
1st floor, 55 Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PN
"A Walk around Norman Sicily"
Lecture by Dirk Booms, Senior Curator of Roman Art at the British Museum
A short introduction to the Norman period of the island. Sicily has been fought over and conquered for millennia, and countless are the different peoples that called it their home, at some point or another.
One of the shortest periods, yet one of the most splendid ones, is its Norman period, which started in 1061 and ended in 1194, though it continued in disguise for another 50 years under Frederick II, grandson of both the Norman king Roger II and German Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. The talk will introduce the audience to the history of the Norman period, but also to its most splendid architecture and art, much of which survives. Palermo will be the main focal point, yet many other cities will pass as well, such as Cefalu, Messina, and Syracuse.
Cost: Members & Friends £15; Guests £20 (including a glass of wine)