Summer School 2021

Cinema and the visual arts

Andrew Lamprecht, curator and lecturer

Art is often used as a narrative device or even the central plot element in motion pictures. The focus of this course will be to see how art, artists and artworks have become the themes and driving forces in popular movies over time. It begins with an introduction to the reciprocal influence between the two art forms, including a look at artists who have made popular commercial films and filmmakers who have attempted to have their movies seen as art. The narrative and thematic importance of art in the genres of the biopic and film noir will be examined and illustrated. The last two lectures will consider on the one hand cinema’s stereotyping of the art world and on the other, its power to honour and celebrate a central work of art.



  1. Cinema and art
  2. The biopic: Lust for Life (1956), Camille Claudel (1988), Frida (2002)
  3. Film noir: Scarlet Street (1945) The Square (2017)
  4. The gritty edges: The Horse’s Mouth (1958), Art School Confidential (2006)
  5. Art triumphant?: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945 and other versions), Woman in Gold (2015), Nightwatching (2007)

This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.

Note: Participants will be provided with information on how best to access most of the films discussed, whether they be freely available online and out-of-copyright, available to steam via various network services, or available on DVD.

Date: 18–22 January
Time: 5.00 pm