The Art of Seeing

Art in Rome & Rainer Maria Rilke

Thursday 27th June 2024 

 7-8pm UK time via Zoom

with Mary Attwood  

£10

Finally, after weeks of being daily on the defensive, one finds oneself again…and one learns slowly to recognise the very few things in which the eternal endures that one can love and something solitary in which one can quietly take part.

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

In this month’s Art of Seeing session, we will be guided into our encounter with one work of Art that can be found in Rome, with the words of poet and writer, Rainer Maria Rilke. Rilke’s writing on the effects of art and architecture are among the most evocative, encapsulating the beauty and mysterious animate nature of works of art. In his renowned collection, Letters to a Young Poet, Rilke describes his visit to Rome in 1903, initially overwhelmed by the crowds of tourists, the heat, Rome’s ‘sad’ atmosphere, and its impact on his senses. Rilke’s words draw parallels to our own experiences perhaps, when visiting museums, galleries and cities, where the busy-ness and fleeting glances and loud chatter of tourists and visitors can distract from a deeper engagement and felt response to that which we see.  But eventually, Rilke describes the ways in which art and architecture can help us come back to ourselves again, to love, and to commune with the ineffable that comes through works of art. He writes;

Finally, after weeks of being daily on the defensive, one finds oneself again…but there is much beauty here, because there is much beauty everywhere… Through such impressions one collects oneself, wins oneself back again out of the multiplicity that talks and chatters there…and one learns slowly to recognise the very few things in which the eternal endures that one can love and something solitary in which one can quietly take part.”

This session offers a tripartite approach of theory, practice and reflection and you are encouraged to participate as much or as little as you like. 

 This session will be recorded.

 

These sessions are £10 per person. Please book directly through Mary Attwood’s website by clicking here.

This session will be recorded.

About Mary Attwood

Mary is co-founder and director of The Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, an art historian, author, teacher and mentor. She is co-founder and director of Channel McGilchrist, was the founding Chairman of the Victoria branch of The Arts Society, is a qualified practitioner of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, has published two books with Watkins, and has recently published an ancestral family book. She holds a BA hons degree in the History of Art from UCL and Birkbeck, and an MA with distinction in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred from CCCU.

Mary’s teaching and research seek to offer a broader understanding of art, not as an object to be analysed, but as a bridge between seemingly disparate ways of understanding the world and our place in it. While honouring the historical, broadening perceptions of art beyond rationalising analysis, categories and styles, opens doorways both in us and in the image. But beyond this, how we look at art art can reveal ways of knowing and seeing that change not only what we see in art, but change us and the world around us, and can help us meet the complexities of modern living by offering a renaissance of humane values.

You can find out more via her website www.maryattwood.com

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