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Cultural Highlights - May

Updated: May 2

My my my, it’s now May!

And the sun is finally peeping out behind those clouds.

To add to the brighter weather we have here our own ray of sunshine Corinne.

Corinne is here to share the online realm’s latest offering in educational and entertaining talks.

So make it your mission this month to delve inside some of the world’s most imaginative minds and learn all about Michelangelo, De Vinci and Edgar Alan Poe!

7th May At 6pm. Female Writers.

In this series of four lectures, prepare to delve into the literary world of the Spanish Golden Age, understood as a transatlantic phenomenon.

The session will start with Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, an icon of the Spanish-American Baroque and a key figure in colonial Latin American literature, who left behind a significant legacy not only in her books but also in the arts. Subsequently,  the life of Erauso will also be explored, also known as the Lieutenant Nun, whose autobiographical account challenges gender conventions and portrays a life marked by adventure and transgression. Maria de Zayas, a novelist and playwright, will guide us through a world of (proto)feminist fictions that subvert the literary standards of her time. 

The session will conclude with Santa Teresa, whose personal experiences and mystical writings will transport you to a realm between the earthly and the spiritual. 

9th May at 1pm. Frederick Douglass

After escaping from slavery in Maryland in 1838 Frederick Douglass became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York during which he gained fame for his oratory. This talk will survey selected sources for the writing of a comprehensive, historical biography of Frederick Douglass and the Bailey/Douglass family. It will proceed scenically in the manner of an illustrated historical panorama, matching documentary evidence (chosen mostly from Maryland archives) to central events in the history of one of our country’s most remarkable families from the 1660s to the fall of Richmond in 1865.


10th May at 1pm. Folk magic


Get ready for an enchanting experience as NHM Discussions takes a deep dive into the fascinating world of Greek Folk Magic. From the ancient echoes of Hecuba's time to the vibrant pulse of contemporary practices, this class unravels the threads of Greece's magical traditions, exploring their evolution and enduring relevance. We will explore how folk magic practices have transformed across millennia as religious, political, and technological changes altered how people understand their relationship with the mystic. See the connections between the rites of city-states and the traditions still used around Greek American dinner tables. This is a magical experience you won’t want to miss.


12th May 8pm. Botticelli


Expert art historian will guide you through Botticelli's iconic paintings, such as "The Birth of Venus" and "Primavera," shedding light on their historical significance and artistic techniques.

Whether you're an art enthusiast or simply curious about Botticelli's art, this event promises to be an insightful and engaging experience for all.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to deepen your understanding of one of the greatest artists in history. Reserve your spot now!


13th May 8.30pm. De Vinci


Join an extraordinary online event, Da Vinci & The Last Supper, where you delve into the genius mind of Leonardo da Vinci and his iconic masterpiece. Discover the secrets and symbolism hidden within The Last Supper, as you explore the historical context and artistic techniques used by this legendary Renaissance artist.

 13th May at 3pm. Edgar Alan Poe


The Poe Museum began over a century ago when an Edgar Allan Poe collector and researcher named James Howard Whitty and a group of literary enthusiasts met in Poe’s hometown of Richmond, Virginia to create the state’s first monument to a writer.


16th May at 5pm. Virtual Art

Join at 12 noon on May 16th, for an informal discussion of this work, led by Curator of Education Michelle DiMarzo, PhD.


16th May 5.30pm. Michelangelo


In 1534, already the most celebrated artist in Europe, Michelangelo left Florence for Rome, never to see his native city again. He was 59 and this move began a dramatic new chapter which would fundamentally shape his experiences as an artist and as a man.

The exhibition and this talk follow the last 30 years of Michelangelo's remarkable life, after he had been summoned back to Rome by Pope Clement VII, to paint a fresco of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. The move brought him new commissions and reunited him with some of his closest friends – and fuelled the dynamism which Michelangelo brought to his work in the final decades of his life, as he explored salvation and confronted his mortality.


22nd May at 5pm. Ghost Stories 


Ghost Stories are back with their sixth online talk with Kate Macdonald, historian and director of Handheld Press.

In this discussion, Melissa Edmundson, editor of Women’s Weird and many other Handheld Weirds, celebrates the publication of the tenth Handheld Weird: The House of Silence, Ghost stories 1887-1920 by E Nesbit.

31st May at 8pm. Art History 1:1 - Rembrandt

Join this exciting online event, Discover the stories behind Rembrandt's most celebrated artworks, such as "The Night Watch" and gain a deeper understanding of his artistic genius. Through engaging discussions and visual presentations, you'll gain insights into the historical context and the artistic significance of Rembrandt's contributions.

Whether you're an art enthusiast, a history buff, or simply curious about the world of art, this event is perfect for you. Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the captivating world of Rembrandt from the comfort of your own home. Secure your spot now and embark on an unforgettable artistic journey!


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