20 September - 3 December
Adam Elsheimer (1578-1610) was one of the most famous artists of his day and his output played a crucial part in the formation of three of the most important artists in the seventeenth century - Rubens, Rembrandt and Claude Lorraine. He died at thirty two and only 34 of his pictures survive. This exhibition brings together 32 of these and it will be an once-in-a-lifetime chance to see his works under one roof.
Elsheimer was born in Germany but worked mostly in Italy exerting a profound influence on his successors. Elsheimer is one of the most subtle, most original and most influential painters in the history of art. He was a miniaturist and a meticulous worker: his largest painting is just two feet high; his smallest, a mere three inches.
Like Durer before him, Elsheimer was inspired by the brilliant colour and exotic costumes seen in Venetian painting. In Rome, he was exposed to the stark realism and dramatic lighting of Caravaggio and to the Flemish artists, who specialised in small scale landscapes, sometimes including religious or mythological narratives. Throughout his life Elsheimer worked on copper. This not only allowed him to work with absolute precision but also gives his scenes an uncanny luminosity as the light reflects off the metal ground and makes the painting literally glow. He created certain effects so vividly that his works set a standard for landscape painters for at least a hundred years. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to rediscover this painter.
The London Festival of Chamber Music is coming again to Dulwich, with four concerts at St Faith's Church, Red Post Hill on September 29, October 6, 13 and 20 (see 'What's on in Dulwich' p.18). The programme includes rarely heard works together with masterpieces of chamber music repertoire. In the first programme, the String Quartet No 3 by the Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen is placed between Quartets by Mozart and Dvorak. The second concert is dedicated to English music, with works for tenor and ensemble by Vaughan Williams and Warlock, and instrumental music by Moeran and Bliss. In programme 3, the String Sextet by Korngold follows Quintets by Boccherini and Mendelssohn, and the final programme opens with a Mozart Piano Trio, followed by the Piano Quintet by Dvorak. Among the artists taking part are the English String Quartet, the tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson, the oboist John Anderson and the pianist Martin Jones. For more information telephone 020 7435 6232 or visit wwwlondonfestival.co.uk
The Dulwich Players are presenting Frankenstein by R A Sandberg at the Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College on 19th,20th,21st October at 8pm. Directed by Stefan Norwak the play is a complex psychological drama that explores the relationship between Victor Frankenstein and the monster he creates. It is very different from the traditional Hammer-horror version of the story that most people are familiar with through numerous films. Instead, the director asks us consider the monster as more like a child who is rejected and abandoned by his father; a child who is articulate and whose view of the world comes from learning to speak from reading a mixture of Plutarch's Lives, Milton's Paradise Lost and Goethe's Sorrows of Werter...Ooh what would Boris Karloff say?
Tickets £6 from The Art Stationers, Dulwich Village.