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For a Christmas lecture with a twist, not to mention a loop and a glide, this talk will examine the way skating (or at least, staying upright on the ice) has been represented in art as a lively symbol of seasonal activity. Raeburn’s famous portrait of The Skating Minister will be discussed in detail, along with all those other images that combine wintry weather with the apparently effortless skill of negotiating a slippery surface, from Breughel’s Flemish peasants through 18th century French elegance to the unlikely glamour generated by the tourist industry.
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