The Beautiful Everyday: Old Masters Transforming the Mundane into Art | University of Oxford

The Beautiful Everyday: Old Masters Transforming the Mundane into Art

Event date
19 Jul 2016 to 17 Oct 2016
Event time
10:30 - 5:00
Venue
Christ Church Picture Gallery
Christ Church
St Aldates
Oxford
OX1 1DP
Venue details

Entrance via Oriel Square

Event type
Exhibitions
Event cost
£4 / £2 concessions; free for University members
Disabled access?
No
Booking required
Not required

Depicting the ordinary, the 'everyday' in art is a modern concept. Art's role, one could argue, is to show the extra-ordinary, the otherworldliness. It is there to elevate rather than just observe, but, especially since the 16th century, artists have started to depict the world around them. We should not believe that this is pure, unaltered reality. It is artistic interpretation making the day-to-day image-worthy.