Sadly all art institutions have had to close their doors to visitors until the pandemic has passed so our e-bulletins are on hold. However, there are many ways to access art online in the interim period, from virtual tours of exhibitions and collections to lectures and television programmes. Below are some websites you might like to visit if you feel in need of an injection of art.
One of our lecturers, Siân Walters, is giving free mini-lectures examining one painting in detail online live at 9.30am on Mondays. They are accessed via her Facebook page (you don’t need to have a FB account) – https://www.facebook.com/Art-History-in-Focus-169973736373556/ – just scroll down until you see the relevant item. The next lecture will look at van Gogh’s Sunflowers on 6 April. You will also see that Siân is running some live-streamed courses online during April (fees apply).
On Saturday 4 April at 9.45pm there is a documentary on BBC2, Titian – Behind Closed Doors, taking an in-depth look at the National Gallery’s current exhibition. The museum also has its own YouTube channel which has a wide range of subjects to choose from – https://www.youtube.com/user/nationalgalleryuk.
Many museums and galleries in the UK and worldwide have online displays and talks. In London for example:
V&A’s collections in depth – https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections?type=featured
The Courtauld has a virtual tour of its galleries in Somerset House before its temporary closure – https://courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/about/3d-gallery-virtual-tour
BBC iPlayer contains many of its recent and past visual arts programmes – https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/categories/arts/featured
And if you are missing the Society’s lectures and events, many educational institutions run learning online courses. A few are:
Open university free courses – https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue
University short courses – https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-10-university-art-classes-free-online
Free short courses – https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-10-art-history-classes-online-free
Khan Academy – https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history
Whatever your interest there is a wealth of information online – enjoy exploring it.