Keith Bonser on Caravaggio, Painter Extraordinaire … and a Murderer

The Arts Society Chiswick's July 2024 Lecture

Keith Bonser on Caravaggio, Painter Extraordinaire … and a Murderer

June 29, 2024

The Arts Society Chiswick’s July lecture is “Caravaggio, Painter Extraordinaire, a flawed Genius… and a Murderer. How I became a ‘Caravaggisti”.

Teacher and author Keith Bonser combines an in-depth study of Caravaggio's life and paintings, with an account of how he became, as he describes himself, a “Caravaggisti”.

A weekend break in Dublin introduced him to Caravaggio. Keith has travelled extensively throughout Europe to see Caravaggio’s paintings in situ, tracing many intriguing aspects of his life story from the town of Caravaggio to the cities of Milan, Rome, and Naples, and the islands of Malta and Sicily.

Keith Bonser was a teacher and senior manager in education for 38 years, until retirement gave him the opportunity to pursue this specific interest. He subsequently wrote a book on these experiences. Caravaggio came into his life completely by chance, his life has never been quite the same since.

Olivia Freeman, Chair, The Arts Society Chiswick says, “This fascinating lecture is a demonstration of how art can inspire us all!”.

The talk takes place at 8pm on Thursday, 11 July at POSK on King Street in Hammersmith. Doors open at 7pm, as does the private bar. Guests are very welcome to attend for a payment of £15 on the door.

Membership of the Arts Society Chiswick includes ten expert lectures on the second Thursday of every month (except August and December) and the opportunity to participate in tours, visits, social events and Special Interest Days. Half year Membership available from 1 July. For more information see the society's web site.

The Arts Society Chiswick brings people together through a shared curiosity for the arts, to create opportunities for everyone to be part of a diverse community in which they can enjoy, learn about, participate in, and preserve the Arts and Cultural Heritage.

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