Welcome to Art History 4U
A new partnership has been forged between Sarah Ciacci and Michael Robinson, two art historians that have a similar philosophy; sharing art history with others in a way that is entertaining and relevant. We have, between us, over 40 years experience talking about art to all sorts of different people, from small children to Masters degree students; and people who just want an entertaining hour with art!
We try and adopt a down-to-earth and human approach to art that is not pompous, complicated or intimidating – we believe you should never be intimidated by art, or by an art historian, art should be fun, enlightening and accessible.
Sarah and Michael are also registered Blue Badge Tourist Guides and can normally be found in museums and galleries sharing their passion with others (we will be offering tours when we can!), but with current pandemic restrictions we are now bringing art history to you, in the comfort of your own homes.
Whether you are a beginner or well versed in art and its history you are very welcome to join our varied lecture series, either single sessions lasting about 40 minutes or a series on a particular theme.
December’s FREE inaugural talks
Artists’ Covent Garden: How artists hit the big time.
Sarah will look at Covent Garden as an artistic hub in the 1700s. We will see how important artists such as William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds chose the area as a fashionable address; how geographically Covent Garden placed them in between patrons in the Royal Court at Westminster and the wealthy merchants of the City of London; and how local craftsmen such as framemakers, colourmen and printers supported artists’ work. We will also see how the 1700s was also a century in which British Artists became much more ambitious and campaigned for the first public exhibitions and art schools, which led to British artists hitting the big time.
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London’s lost statues and memorials.
The toppling of the recent statues in response to the Black Lives Matter campaign has highlighted the difficult decisions society and authorities often make when dealing with controversial and political issues. The precedent was however set several centuries before during the English Civil War, and on numerous occasions thereafter, when a king or controversial figure was removed. There have also been other statues that have been moved/removed or simply disappeared without explanation.
Join Michael for a deeper insight into London’s lost statues and memorials.
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