8th March 2021

Back to the Future – an artist‘s journey in search of authenticity: recorded lecture

What is authenticity? Can it be replicated?  Artist and painting conservator Ying Yang  was commissioned by the Charterhouse in 2018 to create a replica of Quentin Metsys the Younger’s painting ‘Sieve Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I’, which is now in the Charterhouse’s permanent collection and hanging in the Great Chamber. In this lecture, based on his commission work experience, Ying suggests that beyond intricate skill and technique, copying an Old Master painting also requires deep understanding, imagination and innovation. He believes a well-constructed copy not only replicates images for us to see today, it also holds something for us to enjoy tomorrow.

Ying has been a painter and painting conservator for over 25 years. He is now a Professor at Nanjing Normal University in China.

Access your link to the lecture here (& a donation would be most welcome).

2nd January 2019

OperaUpClose at the Charterhouse: Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda

The Charterhouse is delighted to announce a series of performances by Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose in April 2019.  The acclaimed opera company brings two ferocious 16th century Queens to the stage, set in the Charterhouse’s glorious Tudor Great Chamber, in their new English version of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (Mary, Queen of Scots).  In this version of the historical tragedy the two queens go head-to-head, culminating in a fictitious meeting which sizzles with vocal fireworks. The backdrop of the Great Chamber, where Elizabeth I took refuge on arriving in London before being crowned Queen of England, adds a compelling layer of historic authenticity to the production.

Performances on 24th, 26th, 27th and 29th April 2019.  Tickets £35-£65, (excluding Supporters Night on 26th, tickets £100)

Book here

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