E-News Bulletin July 2020


The next lecture will take place online via Zoom on Thursday 9 July, 2-3pm. The topic is Paint It Black: Titian’s religious paintings for Philip II led by Carlo Corsato. Please remember that although the lecture is free it is necessary to book a place.

In August Dr Niccola Shearman will deliver a lecture on German Expressionism. Details to be announced shortly.

Study Events
There are still places available on our three-week online study event, The Ghent Altarpiece: exploring the van Eycks’ masterpiece starting on Thursday 16 July, 11am-12pm and led by Paula Nuttall.

NEW In August we have arranged a further three-weekly study event, One Landscape, Two Artists: deconstructing the world around us, starting on Monday 10 August, 11am-12pm, led by Carlo Corsato.

We will complete online the course Personal Possessions of the Mughal Emperors and the Decorative Arts which had to be postponed after two lectures due to the lockdown. Ursula Weekes will present the remaining three lectures in two-hour sessions over three weeks from Thursday 10 September, 11am-1pm. These lectures may be booked as a block by all members. Members who have already participated in the first two lectures do not need to re-book.

If you would like to attend any of the above, you can either click on the relevant titles above or go to the What’s On section of our website and select the relevant event.


As the lockdown eases museums and galleries are beginning to open again during July. The National Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern, the Royal Academy, the Barbican Art Gallery, The Wallace Collection have all announced their reopening plans. Please check their websites for more details if you are thinking of visiting. It is probable that you will need to book in advance to view their permanent collections as well as temporary exhibitions in order to control visitor numbers. Many commercial galleries are already open and similarly require booking.

If you prefer to continue to explore art from the comfort of your own home you will find some suggestions in our Art Online section.