Please note that all our regular live lectures are suspended!

We are only scheduling online events until the current situation changes.

ONLINE EVENTS

  • Tue, Mar 09
    Online Webinar
    Mar 09, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    From diplomatic gifts to tokens of love, between 16th-19th c miniatures were commissioned as small portraits which could be held in the hand or placed inside lockets creating an intimate relationship between the owner and sitter. Cindy looks at the history of these tiny treasures of art.
  • Mar 12, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    Seville flourished as a centre of the arts. Here Murillo created soft religious images of the Holy Family replacing drama with domesticity, and Velázquez started a career in which his subject matter, technique & composition broke with conventions.
  • Tue, Mar 16
    Online Webinar
    Mar 16, 5:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    'Leonardo daVinci said ’the smallest feline is a masterpiece’. Yes! Says our resident cat loving lecturer Cindy Polemis (who’s willing to concede that dogs play their role in art too.) From symbolism to sentimentality, from sinister cats to loyal pooches, we look at our favourite creatures in art.
  • Mar 19, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    Goya's artworks show his personal approvals & dislikes, and his despair with Spanish politics. While Joaquín Sorolla focusses on leisure beautiful Spanish coastal scenes, reflecting a Spain on the brink of a new era.
  • Tue, Mar 23
    Online Webinar
    Mar 23, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    The Chauvet Cave is considered the 1st masterpiece of mankind. It's estimated to be 36,000 years old and houses more than 1,000 drawings & engravings with animals the protagonists of the panels and frescoes represented. Rediscovered in 1994, Maria will show us some of its marvels.
  • Mar 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT
    Online Webinar
    Immersed in a profound economic, social and political crisis Spain entered the 20th century seeking to reinvent and modernise itself. This discussion impregnated society and it deeply influenced the works of some of the most important artists and painters of the time.
  • Mar 30, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    After the so-called Glasgow Boys, another group of Scottish artists came to light. They're called The Scottish Colourists because their identity was precisely that: vibrant colours. They all lived & worked in Paris, travelling back home every winter. World renowned, but highly criticised back home.
  • Apr 02, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Virtual Museum Tour
    The ambience of this unique museum is in itself a treasure, and the wonders it holds offer a one-of-a-kind experience. The museum draws on the art collection of its eponymous founder, and we have the unique chance to be shown around by one of its own guides!
  • Apr 06, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    Our infamous Henry VIII was also known to be an ardent patron of the arts whose tapestries & paintings, purchased in pursuit of glory & magnificence, adorned his lavish court and began the Royal Collection. Join Siobhan as she talks about her new book explaining Henry's drive as a patron of the arts
  • Fri, Apr 09
    Online Webinar Course
    Apr 09, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar Course
    Please join Alan for a chronological run through 4 extremely important French Master artists, each changing the course of art history in their own and characteristic ways of approaching the creation of an artwork. Each talk can we watched as an individual session too.
  • Fri, Apr 09
    Online Webinar Lecture
    Apr 09, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar Lecture
    ‘There comes a time when an artist of genius feels somehow swept along by his own capacities...I think I am that man'. This week Alan will consider the great French Master Ingres, his history paintings, his portraits and his skill as a draughtsman.
  • Tue, Apr 13
    Online Webinar
    Apr 13, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    The illusionistic representation of things, deceiving our eyes, has been around since the Romans. However, over time artist got better and better at it, creating magical artificial scenes which are incredibly life like. Join Mariska for 1 hour of visual trickery and some of the most amazing scenes!
  • Apr 14, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    This might be our last chance in a live time to see one of the most well known and touristy squares in the world: St Mark's Square, Venice, without any tourists! Join Luisella as she shows us its history, the architecture, the art, and its local life.
  • Fri, Apr 16
    Online Webinar Lecture
    Apr 16, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar Lecture
    ‘I am the proudest and most arrogant man in France’ wrote Courbet. Alan will show in this 1 hour lecture how Courbet's approach resulted in a movement which radically altered the course of European art.
  • Apr 20, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    This year's Int Women’s Day theme is Choose to Challenge looking at inequalities. With the Art scene finally giving some real recognition to long establish female artists, Cindy looks at what’s been happening in Britain: who are the leading contemporary female artists, who should be household names?
  • Fri, Apr 23
    Online Webinar Lecture
    Apr 23, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar Lecture
    ‘No art is less spontaneous than mine’ claimed Degas. Alan will demonstrate how Degas’s knowledge of Old Masters was fused with a fascination of modern life: ballet dancers, horse racing and bathing women.
  • Apr 25, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    Often overlooked by visitors, this Museum is 1 of the best kept secrets of Madrid boasting works by countless masters. Built as a private residence the museum is a great example of early 20th century palatial architecture, comprising a vast collection of objects, manuscripts and paintings.
  • Apr 27, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    La Divina Marchesa became famous for walking her cheetahs wearing only her Cartier jewellery (specially designed for her) and expensive long fur coats in the middle of the Venetian night. But she was also a patroness of the visual arts and was – in many ways – ahead of her time!
  • Fri, Apr 30
    Online Webinar Lecture
    Apr 30, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar Lecture
    ‘Roped together like mountaineers’ is how Braque characterised his relationship with Picasso in the development of Cubism. But his career was multi-faceted, and Alan will take us from his early association with Fauvism through to some of the most richly complex still lives of the twentieth century.
  • May 04, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    This talk will address the psychological life of Vienna, leading up to Freud, and the many fascinating traces it left in the arts. These will include the beguiling reveries of Gustav Klimt and his passionate and romantic consumption of Vienna's innovative world.
  • Tue, May 04
    Online Webinar
    May 04, 5:00 PM GMT+1 – May 18, 6:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    Fin-de-siecle Vienna was a crucible of innovation and experiment. Meet some of its artists and events that shaped their art, in this 3 part series by Andrew Spira. Each individual lecture can be enjoyed alone or as part of this series. More information below.
  • Fri, May 07
    Online Webinar
    May 07, 11:00 AM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    A museum made up of all the stolen artworks that remain missing would house the most valuable collection ever known. This lecture looks at missing masterpieces such as Caravaggio’s Nativity with St Francis & St Laurence, Vermeer’s The Concert, and the missing panel from the Ghent Altarpiece.
  • May 11, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    Fin-de-siecle Vienna was a crucible of innovation and experiment. Klimt and Mahler were its passionate and romantic giants. Elsewhere in Europe, avant-garde art was often abstract but, in Vienna, it was the boundaries of sexual propriety that were breached. Egon Schiele was the main offender.
  • May 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    Violent images are often explained away as a reflection of 17th c daily life, yet the relation between art & life is never determined nor fixed. This talk will explain why these images were so popular during the Baroque and still exert such a powerful influence over our imagination even to this day.
  • May 18, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT+1
    Online Webinar
    Klimt&Schiele both died in 1918, but the tradition of Viennese modernism underwent its own uneasy development well into the 20th c, especially in the hands of Oscar Kokoschka. This talk will address the fortunes of Kokoschka who lived until 1980 & pioneering composer A.Schoenberg, who also painted.
  • Time is TBD
    Online Webinar
    Forced conversions, expulsions & the Inquisition carried out in the name of the Catholic Church required powerful religious images highlighting the suffering of Christ & His martyrs. This provided significant opportunities for artists like ElGreco, Zurbaran, Ribera, Sanchez-Cotan and Fernadez.