The Dutch Golden Age – reality & illusion

Jan 24th, 2020 | Dr Sophie Oosterwijk

The art of painting flourished in the Netherlands in the 17th century, and masterpieces by the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer or Hals continue to fascinate us. The people look so real and as we peer into their houses, look out across their streets and landscapes, we feel like we could...

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...

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’...

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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