The Headmaster gave the Academic Society lecture to our scholars yesterday. Mr Murphy-O'Connor chose the title 'What makes great art great' so he could talk about one of his passions, Art.
The Head took our students through the centuries, discussing great works by Botticelli, Caravaggio, Titian, Turner, Manet, Seurat, Picasso and Lowry. He explained how the paintings were a record of their time, reflecting the technical advances of that time and, in some, the intrusion of modernity. Some of the artists were influenced by the democratization from high society to common man, social structure and the changes in societal views. Great artists are able to show human emotion through their paintings and can challenge the viewer on many levels. In conclusion, Mr Murphy-O'Connor declared that great art can also tell us about about love, be it passionate, unrequited, unbounded or obsessive. He also encouraged students to spend more time looking at art and exploring galleries as great art will always unveil more the more you look at it.