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The Art of Christmas Valerie Woodgate Thursday 12 December 2019

Only Matthew and Luke describe the birth of Christ and the circumstances leading up to it, and they give few details. Over many centuries the limited information in the Gospels has been expanded into a rich blend of legend and fact. This lecture will explain how the wise men became kings, the symbolism associated with their gifts, why the stable is always in ruins and more.

The theme of Christmas, taking us from the Annunciation to the Adoration of the Shepherds and of the Three Kings, has inspired some of the greatest and most moving works of art ever created.  



Valerie Woodgate is a lecturer and guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, also at many other London Galleries and for various art organisations. Former member of the teaching team at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Lecturer to The Arts Society throughout Britain, and to related organisations in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Lectures and runs courses at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.