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...

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’...

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...

On the Trail of the Shakers in New England

May 15th, 2019 | Dr Matthew Laing

Down the lonely country roads of rural New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Maine are the quaint remnants of a simpler past immortalised in American imagery for generations. Gambrel roofed red barns, simple white-steepled churches, white picket fences, and classically unornamented colonial houses. Though few realise it today, much of this iconic...

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