As well as owning and running a second-hand bookshop and tiny live music venue in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, I am a freelance art historian. My specialisation is in Northern Renaissance art, but I have taught on a variety of subjects. I have a particular interest in the Northern tradition – a line of influence in the North that is non-classical (anti-classical?) from the Middle Ages to the present day. I have also taught a lot on Italian Renaissance art, on the art of the Middle Ages (from the Visigoths to the Trecento), on Dutch painting in the 17th century, on German Romanticism, and more.
I was a part-time lecturer for a number of years at Bristol University, at the Open University and on a programme for American students that involved both classroom teaching and a month-long tour of Western Europe looking at original works of art. My main employer these days is the University of Oxford, where for several years I have been involved in the Department for Continuing Education, teaching summer schools, Diploma units and online courses – I am editor as well as one of the tutors for the online Art History courses, and wrote one of the courses, entitled Dürer to Bruegel. I have given individual lectures on a number of occasions, including at the V&A.
In pre-covid times I gave regular lectures at the bookshop; I am currently giving talks via Zoom, on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings. Use the form below to register interest in these – I can add you to an email list. Emails are sent weekly with information about the talks and the Zoom link. There is a suggested charge of £5, payment details are also in the email.