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Salt Box Talks – Fall 2015

September 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015

This program is designed for those who would like to discover artefacts and art history, appreciate North Hills Museum and the surrounding community. Each session will include a PowerPoint presentation on a selected theme, a guided tour of the collection where applicable and delicious baked treats and refreshments. Each lecture is $10.00 per person. A great way to spend fall Tuesdays!

Registration required, call 902 532-2168 or email

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 • 10:00am – 12:00pm or 1:30 – 3:30pm
History of European Landscape Painting Part 1

We will trace the origins of the European landscape in the pastoral images found in Hellenistic and ancient Roman art. Examine the use of the landscape motif and its decorative beauty found in medieval religious paintings and illuminated manuscript. Discover the sharply observed details and luminous space in 15th century renaissance paintings from Northern Europe and Italy. Learn about the 16th Century taste for panoramic views and the bourgeoning art of topography, and the ideal landscapes of the 17th Century embellished with the ruins from the classical world.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 • 10:00am – 12:00pm, or 1:30 – 3:30pm
History of European Landscape Painting Part 2

Our travels through European art continue in 18th Century France and England featuring rich pastoral landscapes. Topographical ‘Views’ reach the height of popularity with the Grand Tour in Rome and Venice. The later 18th and early 19th centuries present new themes in landscape painting such as the ‘Sublime’ (the power of nature) and ‘the Beautiful’ (pleasing meditations on nature). We will also examine the more spontaneous observations of nature found in the works of the 19th century French Realists, Impressionists; such as Monet and Pissarro, and the Post Impressionists; such as Van Gogh and Cezanne.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 10:00am – 12:00pm, or 1:30 – 3:30pm
Flora & Fauna – The Hidden Meaning

Discover the symbolism behind the use of many flowers and plants in religious paintings from the 15th to the 17th centuries in Europe. Flora and fauna in art provided a language that allowed the mass public to be able to decipher the hidden meanings and moral messages found in painting, especially in works that exhibited the passage of time and the seasons. We will examine the 17th century emergence of the ‘Still Life’ painting as a separate branch of Dutch art. The impact of naturalism will also be addressed in 19th Century European art.


September 1, 2015
October 31, 2015


North Hills Museum
5065 Granville Road
Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia B0S 1K0 Canada
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