Whatever happened to the word ‘plan’? Following the example of our ……….. leader (fill in your own adjective, I wouldn’t want to alienate anyone) please see right for my ‘roadmap’ for the next few weeks, 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…

coming sooner… and later.

There is still a little time to wait until we are let loose on the world again, so until we are allowed out, and while people are still happy to listen, I’m happy to keep on talking, and, above all, looking, so…

I am having an 18th Century Spring, and my next series of lectures will be dedicated to Three Women in the 18th Century – tickets are already on sale. As before, I am talking on Mondays, and repeating the talks at 2pm and 6pm as I know not everyone is available all the time. However, (a) I love spontaneity and (b) I don’t have the facilities or time to record and post the talks… so recordings will not be available after the event. Apologies if you’re not free, but maybe next time! I’m afraid that for various reasons I will no longer be offering them in a reduced-priced ‘bundle’, just one reason being that, from now on, everyone will, I hope, be far more mobile, and I don’t want to pin anyone down. The following links will take you to Tixoom, who handle all the bookings, and they will send you a ticket which includes the Zoom link. You will also get a receipt from Stripe, who deal with all the money.

I will start with Rosalba Carriera, the darling of 18th Century Venice, and go-to portraitist for the Grand Tourists who ended up there. After this Rococo star of pastel painting, we will look at two of the great Neo-Classical artists, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, painter to both the ill-fated Marie-Antoinette, and her sister Maria Carolina, Queen of Naples, and Angelica Kauffman, one of the two female founders of the Royal Academy in London. There are more details of each talk on Tixoom – and you can book on the links below.

Rosalba Carriera and the power of pastel
Monday 19 April 2pm BST
Monday 19 April 6pm BST

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun: How not to lose your Head
Monday 3 May 2pm BST
Monday 3 May 6pm BST

Angelica Kauffman: Academician
Monday 10 May 2pm BST
Monday 10 May 6pm BST

My 18th Century Spring actually starts on 14 April, when I will be leading the next part of the National Gallery’s survey course Stories of Art Module 5: 1700-1800.

In parallel with the Three Women in the 18th Century I will be talking about more women across the history of art, in a series of three talks for ARTscapades entitled Women as Artists: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque. You can book for the three talks separately. Following Father and Painting as Sisters on Tuesday, 20 April will cover classical role models and their medieval successors. Week 2, on Tuesday, 27 April will be A Renaissance for Women – and will do what it says on the packet, while the following week, Tuesday, 4 May, the title, A Baroque Abundance, implies that there were far more women at work in the world of art – we shall see if that is the case! All of the talks are at 2pm.

I shall then return to the 18th Century with a talk for Art History Abroad on Thursday, 13 May at 6pm entitled The Nude behind the Curtain: Hogarth and the Uses – and Abuses – of Art. This follows on from my exploration of the paintings depicted by Vermeer in the backgrounds of his own work, to see how Hogarth tells tales with the imagery included in his scurrilous series Marriage A-la-Mode.

By then, we should know when we will be able to travel. For now, I can only tell you about some of the trips that have been postponed. As soon as we have new, secure dates, I will, of course, update what follows.

I was in Brussels last February last year when we started to hear about a new thing called ‘lockdown’, and it dawned on us that we might not get to Rome to see the Raphael exhibition in March. Nevertheless, we have moved the visit from March last year, via February this year, to April, and then onto September: there is always plenty of Raphael to see in the Eternal City. And we will be going, all things allowing, from 8-12 September: The Art and Architecture of Raphael in Rome, with Art History Abroad.

POSTPONED: Siena is one of my favourite Italian destinations, and it is regularly on the tourist trail. However, people often only go for the day, thus failing to get to know this wonderful city properly – so how would four days suit you? Lockdown and COVID variant allowing, I’ll be taking a trip to Siena with Art History Abroad from 11-14 May – these are the ‘postponed’ dates, as we were supposed to be going in February… We will look at the work of Duccio and the Lorenzetti brothers in particular, visiting the Cathedral and its associated buildings, as well exploring the Palazzo Publico, the most important churches, and the winding medieval streets. We will also learn about medieval painting techniques at a hands-on workshop with Marco Caratelli.

Having started 2021 with a lecture on the mosaics of Ravenna, it will be great to go and see them first hand. Sadly, we’ve had to postpone the planned visit in March, but will post the new dates as soon as we have fixed them. Meanwhile you can check out the itinerary on the following link: Ravenna and the Comacchio Lagoon with Art History Abroad

And sadly, the possibility of going to Stockholm next May has also been postponed, but we hope to have new dates very soon. We were due to go last June, but we were in lockdown. We then went in November, and locked down immediately after. The Swedes never did, and still haven’t, although they did close most of their museums just before we arrived, which was… a challenge that I enjoyed overcoming! Everything was planned for May, although now we are waiting to hear what happens next… However, you can see the schedule here: Stockholm, with Art History Abroad

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