A four day art history tour to two incredible but vastly different cities. For the first three days we will explore the extraordinary art collections in London, covering important works from the Renaissance to the start of Modernism through both large and small museums and galleries.
The fourth day is an optional extra, a day trip to the charming and historically fascinating city of Cambridge. The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of my favourites, founded by Richard Fitzwilliam of Mount Merrion, Dublin.
This two-city trip will be of particular interest to those taken my courses however, it is not essential to have studied art history at all before to enjoy the collections will we visit.
Price: €400 per person London only
€600 per person including Cambridge (Includes private coach)
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All entry fees to Museums and Galleries
All local travel when we are together
Your own personal art historian!
Accommodation and flights are not included
Travel and health insurance
Please make sure you have your own insurance
Refunds will only be given if I cancel the trip or for extenuating circumstances and will not cover your flights and accommodation.
There are now only 8 places so please do get back to me as soon as possible if you would like to come. To be sure of your place please pay in full by 14th of August 2022, thank you.
Itinerary (Subject to change)
Tuesday September 13th
10 am National Gallery, London
Truly one of the best art collections in the world, we will trace the development of art through key pieces from the Renaissance to the Impressionists. Looking at works by Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner, Constable, Monet, Degas and many more.
My alma mater, the Courtauld is an internationally renowned centre for the teaching, research of art history and a major public gallery in the beautiful Sommerset house. The collection is especially known for important Realist, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works including Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère.
Wednesday September 14th
10 am Tate Britain
The history of Britain and Ireland can be explored through this wonderful collection. Our focus will be on any works with an Irish connection as well as works from the Georgian, Regency and Victorian period to compliment recent and upcoming course. Artists included are Hogarth, Reynolds, Gainsborough and the Pre-Raphaelites.
This gem of a collection is not as well known as it should be given that it houses one of the finest personal collections ever amassed. ‘One of the sexiest collections in Europe’ according to the The Guardian with famous works like Fragonard’s The Swing and Frans Hals’ Laughing Cavalier. We will explore the history of the collection and the practise of collecting while examining paintings, decorative arts and furniture.
Thursday September 15th
One of the largest and most varied collections in the world, we will explore the history of art from the ancient Greeks to the present day through art objects including sculpture, painting, stained glass, fashion, jewelry, ceramics and much more. We will also get to see the famous cast room which includes full size casts of Michelangelo’s David, Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise and the Trajan’s Column.
3 pm Apsley House
This historic house was home to Wellington and still houses his extraordinary collection of art including some of the finest works by Velasquez outside of Spain and the famous sculpture by Canova of Napoleon.
Optional extra day – Day trip to Cambridge
Friday September 16th
Tour of Cambridge
Punting River Tour
There may be some small changes to the above itinerary, I may add one or two extra museums or temporary exhibitions and may need to move around the times or dates of visits.
There will be plenty of breaks throughout each day.
We will use public transport and taxis for long distances, shorter distances will be on foot, no more than 30 minutes walking at a time.
Venice & Padua Art History Trip April/May 2019
Monday April 29
Basilica of San Marco, Museo Correr, Palazzo Ducale and the Bridge of Sighs & Church of San Gorgio Maggiore
Tuesday April 30
Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Church of San Zaccaria, Scoula di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni & Academia (permanent Collection and Leonardo Exhibition)
Wednesday May 1
Peggy Guggenheim Collection & Palazzo Cini Gallery
Thursday May 2
Basilica dei Frari, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Padua, Bascilica di Sant’Antonio & Gattamelatta Sculpture, Church of the Eremitani, Musei Civici & Scrovegni Chapel
London Art History Trip December 2018
Thursday December 13
National Gallery & National Portrait Gallery
Friday December 14
Tate Britain & The Wallace Collection
Saturday December 15
V&A Painting and Sculpture Collection & Royal Academy
Florence Art History Trip September 2018
Wednesday September 12
Duomo, Battistero di San Giovanni (exterior only), Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Opera Duomo Museum, Orsanmichele: exterior only & Uffizi
Thursday September 13
Academia Gallery, Ospedale degli Innocenti: exterior only, San Marco, San Lorenzo & Santa Maria Novella
Friday September 14
Bargello Museum, Loggia dei Lanzi, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, Galleria Palatina & Santa Felicita
Saturday September 15
Santo Spirito, Santa Maria del Carmine, Brancacci Chapel & Ognissanti, Santa Trinità & Santa Croce
London Art History Trip January 2018
Tuesday January 16
National Gallery & Courtauld Gallery
Wednesday January 17
National Portrait Gallery (permanent Collection and Cézanne Exhibition) & The Wallace Collection
Thursday January 18
Tate Britain & Dulwich Picture Gallery