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19 July 2006 by Billy

Baalbec - Ruins of the Temple of Bacchus

Walker Art Gallery Education Officer Peter Betts’s picture of the month talk on ‘Baalbec – Ruins of the Temple of Bacchus‘ is now available to download from our website (mp3/transcript/links).

The talk highlights the remarkable life story of the artist David Roberts, who began his career as a scene painter for a travelling circus and by the age of 55 was commissioned by Queen Victoria to paint the opening of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Peter’s talk also covers a short history of the Walker’s picture of the month series, lithographs, the birth of the daguerreotype, an architectural appreciation of the world heritage site of Baalbek and a film enthusiast’s appreciation of Julia Roberts’s teeth.

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