Richard graduated from Clare College, Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences and the History of Art, and returned to complete a PhD on Sculpture in Ferrara in the Fifteenth Century. After a year at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts he has shared his time between art and acting. He was a lecturer at the National Gallery for 24 years, and has also worked on a regular basis at Tates Modern and Britain, the Wallace Collection, Buckingham Palace, and the V&A, as well as well as numerous art societies around Britain. He teaches on-site across Europe with Art History Abroad, and has lectured for London Art Studies since its inception, as well as making a significant contribution to the LAS online learning platform. His books include The Secret Language of the Renaissance and Churches and Cathedrals. He has written and presented two series for Channel Four, Art in the National Gallery and Tate Modern, as well as making guest appearances on programmes as diverse as Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives and CBBC’s X-Change.