Court of Emperor Justinian with (right) archbishop Maximian and (left) court officials and Praetorian Guards (before 547) - San Vitale in Ravenna


The Maria Shirley Lecture: San Vitale and the aesthetics of Imperial Authority in sixth-century Ravenna

  • Saturday 25 November 2017
    (The Maria Shirley Lecture, after the AGM which starts at 2pm)
  • The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT
  • Lecturer: John McNeill

John McNeill reviews the relationship between authorship and audience in the context of a building of immense aesthetic ambition.


John McNeill lectures for the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University and is a Vice-President of the London Art History Society for whom he has delivered numerous courses and led study tours and cathedral visits. He is the Secretary of the British Archaeological Association, for whom he has edited and contributed to volumes on English medieval cloisters, chantries and Romanesque material culture.

Places available

Attending our Lectures

Lectures are held at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, LONDON, WC1N 3AT and will begin at 6pm (except for the AGM meeting which meets earlier in the day).

Society members may attend lectures free of charge, and can invite guests for a fee of £5 each. Visiting full-time students may attend for a fee of £3.

Fees are payable at the door. There is no need to book.