Online Lectures, Courses and Friends' Events

Art History in Focus organises various lectures and courses throughout the year, which are open for all to join. These are characterised by a relaxed and entertaining learning environment, which often allows for lively discussion.

All of Siân’s lectures are currently being live streamed – these are easy to access, entertaining and informative, with prices from £10. Tune in from anywhere in the world – join the live sessions with Q&A, or watch later on catch-up.

Our Cultural Travels from Home programme comprises guided tours and exclusive museum openings, broadcast live from various cultural cities around the world. We are delighted to have been allowed special access to some of the world’s greatest galleries and cultural sites – please check our programme below which is updated regularly.

An Italian Grand Tour Part II

10 week course: 30th September - 9th December 2022 11.00 (UK time)

An exciting new course combining art lectures with exclusive, livestream museum visits and walking tours in Italy

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Cultural Travels from Home: Lisbon at Christmas

Wednesday 7th December 6.00PM GMT

Join our live, interactive tour broadcast live from Lisbon at night, and enjoy our Christmas-themed guided walk

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Cultural Travels from Home: Venice and the History of Silk

Thursday 12th January 11.00AM GMT

Join us for this live broadcast from Venice’s Luigi Bevilacqua textile factory and learn about the fascinating history of silk and weaving in the Venetian Republic.

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Europe’s Great Galleries: A Virtual Tour

A 10-week course: 13th January - 24th March 2023. 11.00-12.45 GMT

Enjoy a virtual tour of some of Europe’s greatest art collections from the Prado to the Rijksmuseum, with expert lectures and livestream museum broadcasts. Includes the world’s first livestream tour of the Doria Pamphilj Gallery in Rome!

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Cultural Travels from Home: A Walking Tour of Barcelona – Gaudi and Art Nouveau

Thursday 26th January 11.00AM GMT

This morning we enjoy a live walking tour in Barcelona, discovering examples of Art Nouveau architecture and buildings by Antoni Gaudí.

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Professor Suzannah Lipscomb: A Short History of Henry VIII’s Queens in Art

Monday 30th January 6.00PM GMT

Distinguished historian Professor Suzannah Lipscomb joins us for a special guest lecture.

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Vermeer: Art, Love and Music

Monday 13th February 6.00PM GMT

In February 2023 the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will host the largest ever exhibition dedicated to Vermeer. Join us as it opens for a lecture on this great master of Dutch Golden Age painting, focusing in particular on themes of music and love in his work as we approach Valentine’s Day.

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Friends’ Event: The Conservation of Historic Buildings with Dr Duncan Philips

Monday 27th February 6.00PM

A special guest lecture for Friends of Art History in Focus given by eminent architectural conservation expert, Dr Duncan Philips.

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Cultural Travels from Home: A Walking Tour of Bruges

Thursday 9th March 11.00AM GMT

Enjoy an online, livestream walking tour broadcast from the beautiful streets of historic Bruges

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Portraits of Dogs at the Wallace Collection: Director’s Introduction

Tuesday 14th March 6.00PM GMT

The Wallace Collection’s director Dr Xavier Bray introduces us to the museum’s wonderful Portraits of Dogs exhibition which opens in March. Don’t miss it!

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Plague and Patronage: Art and the Black Death

Monday 27th March 6.00PM BST

Join Art History in Focus director Siân Walters for an evening lecture in which we investigate how the Black Death, which swept across Europe from 1347, impacted the production and patronage of art.

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Friends’ In-Person Event: A Private Viewing of the Deutsche Bank Art Collection, London

Summer Event - Date and Time TBC

A private (in-person) event and wine reception in London, for Friends of Art History in Focus

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