The year Picasso became Picasso, 1901

Nov 8th, 2019 | Dr Michael Adcock

Picasso’s celebrated Blue Period (starting in the second half of 1901) commands such public attention that it is easy to overlook the truly seminal half year that preceded it, in which Picasso, energised by the prospect of a first exhibition in Paris, worked with determination to create a corpus of...

Majolica, The Leopard, fallen women & Caravaggio: The private museums of Palermo and Naples

Oct 24th, 2019 | Robert Veel

One of the great benefits of making an extended stay in a city is that you don’t just visit the ‘must-see’ sites that every tourist knows about. Europe’s capitals are brimming with fascinating small museums, many of them privately owned and operated. Robert Veel, who leads our Palermo and Naples...

The Italian Villa: from ancient Rome to the modern era

Oct 11th, 2019 | Dr Kathleen Olive

Over the last ten years I’ve met more and more people making a ‘tree change’, swapping the stress of the concrete jungle for the tranquillity of the country. They plan a garden to please the eye and stock the table, and a comfortable house with space for pursuits they’ve neglected...

Classically Vienna

Sep 27th, 2019 | Dr Tom Ford

There are few cities in the world that can rival Vienna for its musical heritage. Fuelled by a combination of aristocratic and private patronage, the city has attracted the crème de la crème of classical composers over the centuries: Brahms, Schoenberg, Mahler, the Strausses (of the Waltz variety); even Italian...

Art and the Russian Revolution

Sep 13th, 2019 | Dr Michael Adcock

The first-time traveller to Russia may well set out enthralled to see the rich harvest of European Old Master paintings in the Hermitage Museum, as well as the wondrous collection of European modern art now housed in its vast extension. The same traveller, however, might well return having been ‘converted’...

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