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’...

Guardians of The Medieval Past: Nine Hill Towns of Central Italy

Aug 30th, 2019 | Dr Jeni Ryde

Perched precariously on rugged hilltops and cliff faces, Italy’s remote medieval towns often sit in splendid isolation, boasting extraordinary views of the pristine surrounding landscape. Generally built for defensive purposes, the stone and masonry walls, sturdy gates and watch towers which typify these towns have survived virtually unchanged since the...

The Met Gala – What Is It, and Why Does It Matter?

Aug 8th, 2019 | Dr Anna Lebovic

A few months ago, you may have stumbled across photographs of a number of celebrities wearing truly outrageous outfits. You probably saw images of superstars like singer Katy Perry wearing not one, but two fully functioning chandeliers around her head and her waist. On the same night, English model Cara...

Venice Film Festival 2019 line-up announced!

Jul 26th, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

In late July every year, the world of cinema is abuzz with speculation. Announcements about what will premiere at the Venice Film Festival are seen as an indication of who and what will make a splash at the Academy Awards early the following year. Here is the full line-up of...

Women artists of 16th & 17th-century Italy

Jul 5th, 2019 | Dr Kathleen Olive

It’s easy to feel like we know all there is to know about great Italian art. But as Dr Kathleen Olive has found out while preparing for her Florence study tour this November, there’s still more to learn… When we talk about Italian Old Masters, we’re usually thinking of great...

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