We’re into our second lockdown, and by now I hope most of you are now used to Zoom. In person would be better, I know, but see right for the events that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home!

coming sooner… and later.

I’m just back from Stockholm, and missing the cinnamon buns already – so we’ve planned a whole new trip with AHA for May. More on that as things become more secure, although you can see the unedited details here.

Meanwhile, as we head back into lockdown, there are plenty of online lectures ready to go. First off is The Scrovegni Chapel from Top to Bottom, a short course covering Giotto’s frescoes for the eponymous chapel in Padua, which I have of course discussed in depth, starting with The Suitors Praying back on 18 April. The first talk has already happened, but you can still sign up for the second and third, which should make sense on their own. They will be on Tuesdays, 24 November and 1 December, between 14:00 and 15:00. The series is organised by a new organisation called ARTscapades, and each lecture can be booked individually. Here are links for week 2 and week 3.

The first three days of December are going to be busy! If you missed my short course inspired by the National Gallery’s wide-ranging exhibition Sin: The Art of Transgression I will be mixing it up, cutting it down, and presenting the highlights for a live and online Zoom lecture for Art History Abroad. This will be on Wednesday 2 December at 5.45 for 6pm: Purity, Temptation, Sin and Repentance: Four Women on the Path to Redemption.

What better time than the beginning of Advent to talk about the Childhood of Christ in Art? I will be running a short course with the Wallace Collection on 2 and 3 December, at 11:00-13:00 each day. We will focus on works in the Collection itself, starting with the Annunciation and going as far as the Baptism and the Wedding at Cana. I know, he was far more than a child by then, but as they were once celebrated on Epiphany it makes sense – trust me! For more information, click on the link above.

I will be lead tutor on the National Gallery’s Stories of Art: Module 3, covering the art of the 16th Century. This will take place online on Wednesdays from 17:30-19:30 for six weeks starting from Wednesday 6 January 2021 – and again, I’ll post a link as soon as I have one. The tickets will go on sale on 16 December for National Gallery members, and 21 December for everyone else…

I was in Brussels 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. Nevertheless, we have moved the visit to next February, as there is still plenty of Raphael to see in the Eternal City: 24-28 February: The Art and Architecture of Raphael in Rome, with Art History Abroad

As things stand, a trip to Stockholm next May seems more than likely. We were due to go last June, but we were in lockdown. We went in November. and locked down immediately after. The Swedes never did, and still haven’t, although they did close most of their museums, which was… a challenge that I enjoyed overcoming! Everything is planned, we just have to be sure that it will be safe to go ahead: 20-23 May: Stockholm, with Art History Abroad

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