In his new book Sensations, Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones argues that British art as we know it was born out of the scientific revolution. In the 17th century, Britain became the centre of a new way of looking at the world, known today as science. Early scientists delighted in telescopes, microscopes and spectacular experiments that sparked the first examples of great British art. Oxford played a central role in this new way of seeing, with The Ashmolean growing from a collection of curiosities typical of this age of looking. Join us for an evening with Jonathan Jones as he introduces his new book, and explores how the scientific revolution sparked a national passion for observing the world around us.
The book, Sensations: The Story of British Art from Hogarth to Banksy, will be released on 22 April 2019.