I know that, with the shadow of omicron looming, our horizons seem on the verge of narrowing again, but I do hope you are can still take up the opportunities to travel, and to experience things in real life rather than online. Nevertheless, not everything is always easy – and so I shall continue to lecture online for those who find it convenient! On the right you can see what I’m up to, including events that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home, and even, when it becomes possible, in person – possibly even in another country…

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2022 – while we wait to deliver talks in person, I shall carry on with talks online. Here are some details of what is to come.

For all sorts of reasons I do not record my talks (I’m keeping this paragraph in because people keep asking!) Please accept my apologies if you are not available. Below you will find links to Tixoom, who deal with all the ticketing. They will email you with a ticket, which includes the link for the talk itself, and you will also receive a receipt from Stripe, who deal with the money. This sounds obvious, but if you don’t get the email with the ticket it is so much easier for me if you contact me more than 5 minutes before the talk is due to start – thank you! However, I will check my emails until at least 10 minutes before the start if you do have problems…

Then on Monday, 17 January I will talk about the Royal Academy’s highly praised Late Constable exhibition – details of that are, as ever, on the Tixoom site via the link in blue.

Subsequent talks will include introductions to two more exhibitions: Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace on 24 January, looking at some of the greatest paintings from the Royal Collection, and Uncommon Power: Pre-Raphaelite Sisters and the Watts Gallery on 31 January. This will focus on Lucy and Catherine Maddox Brown, the daughters of Ford Maddox Brown and artists in their own right – but it will also give us a chance to think about other Pre-Raphaelite women, and the museum dedicated to artist George Frederick Watts which is hosting the exhibition. Both talks are already on sale, and there are more details on the links above.

My last trip of the 2021 should have been to Vienna, but Austria went back into lockdown… We will go instead in April, when The Albertina is hosting an exhibition of the idiosyncratic work of Edward Munch. We will also visit the Old Masters at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, and look at the avant garde – in terms of Klimt and his colleagues – elsewhere.

In September I should have visited Stockholm, but in the end that was not possible either. Instead there will be two trips next year, from 26-29 May and 29 May – 1 June 2022 (I’ll drop the first group off and then pick up the second!) This will be an introduction to the history and art of a truly wonderful city, looking at unique renaissance sculpture, and the 19th Century masters, Anders Zorn – who rivals Sargent and Sorolla in his voluptuous use of paint – and Carl Larrson, whose beautiful paintings contain a delicacy of touch and colour which is bound to delight. There will also be a nautical theme: we will also take a boat trip inland to see the Queen’s Castle – Drottningholm – and visit the Vasa, the remains of a 17th Century shipwreck which far outshines the Mary Rose. Do contact Art History Abroad if you think you might be interested! We are currently planning other visits for next year, and ideas so far include a return to Porto and the Douro Valley, another return – to Dresden – and then long-delayed visit to Lille.

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