Just as everything gets back to normal I have finally succumbed to the virus! But the virtue of online teaching, is that illness is no reason to stop, especially as I really don’t have it badly! I do have an ‘in person’ talk lined up, plus several online, not to mention a couple of trips, and the details are all on the right. It’ll be lovely to have you onboard, one way or another!

Talks and tours…

The online talks continue, and I will carry on using Zoom. For all sorts of reasons I do not record my talks (I’m keeping this paragraph in because people keep asking!) I like them to be reasonably spontaneous, and ‘in the moment’ – which recording doesn’t favour: 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 straight away – so if you don’t hear from them, you should let them know. This email includes the link for the talk itself. 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 beforehand if you do have problems…

The week after I will give a talk inspired by Colnaghi’s display Forbidden Fruits: Women painting Still Life in the 17th Century on Monday 16 May at 6pm.

After a couple of weeks off, I will start a new, four part series. I’ll fill in more information here later, but for now all you need to know is that it is called Sculpture: Form, Function, Material and Memory, and covers every Monday evening in June. Here are links for tickets to the four talks:

Monday 6 June at 6pm:
Form – Looking in depth

Monday 13 June at 6pm:
Function – What is it for?

Monday 20 June at 6pm:
Material – method and meaning

Monday 27 June at 6pm:
Memory – something to remember

If you missed my two talks about Raphael – or even if you didn’t miss them, but would like to come to one in person – I will be talking about Raphael at the National Gallery, for Art History Abroad, on Tuesday 24 May at 2pm. Click on that link to go to their website for more details – it also includes the possibility of coffee, drinks and face to face conversation – not to mention the exhibition itself!

Later in May I will lead two overlapping trips to Stockholm – 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 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.

From June 23 – 26, 2022 I will return to Dresden, and then from September 26 – October 1, 2022 we will head back to Porto and the Douro Valley – for any of you who have not managed to make these trips before. Finally this year, from 1 – 4 December, 2022, I will lead the long-delayed visit to Lille, with its remarkable collection, which some say is the best in France outside of Paris.

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