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Francis Bacon’s ‘pope’ paintings, inspired by Diego Velázquez’s ‘Portrait of Pope Innocent X’, are some of his most well-known, seen to capture the sense of malaise in post-war Europe. Yet strangely, Bacon saw them as an obsessive failed experiment.

This lecture will address the complexities surrounding their interpretation and Bacon’s influences, touching upon existentialism, surrealism and psychoanalysis, along with the precedents that such works set for the rest of his career.

This event is £5 per person or free for Friends of the Ferens members. Adavanced booking is essential.




Queen Victoria Square
01482 300 300


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  • Accessible Toilets
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Baby Changing
  • Hearing Loop
  • Level Access
  • Wheelchair Access

Opening times

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4.30pm