Drawing for block-printed fabric Tulip and Willow by William Morris, 1873

What’s on: future study days

Study days are designed to explore specific subjects in depth, under the leadership of one or more expert lecturers. The topics range widely but we try to include subjects relating to forthcoming major exhibitions in London where possible, and recent study days have included Anglo-Saxon Treasures, the Arts and Craft Movement, Cubism and Caravaggio.

Study days are held at various central London locations (often either the Conway Hall, Bloomsbury Baptist Church Hall or the Keynes Library at Birkbeck) and typically last for five or six hours, including breaks for refreshments (tea and coffee provided) and lunch (not included).

Current fees for a Study Day are £38 for members and £43 for a guest.

Members only

Mantua: the court of the Gonzaga

  • Wed 30 May 2018
  • Brockway Room, Conway Hall
  • Lecturer: Dr Paula Nuttall

The Gonzaga rulers of Mantua were consistently ‘high achieving’ patrons, attracting the services of leading artists from Mantegna to Rubens. Mantegna’s Camera degli Sposi and Triumph of Caesar, and Giulio Romano’s Palazzo Te are among the outstanding works we shall discuss, together with the patronage of Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua, and the sale of the legendary Gonzaga collection to Charles I.

Members only

From Ferrara to Farnese Rome

  • Thu 21 June 2018
  • Brockway Room, Conway Hall
  • Lecturers: Dr Paula Nuttall and Dr Geoffrey Nuttall

We begin with the refined court of the Este at Ferrara, for whom Pisanello invented the art form of the portrait medal, and Titian painted his first great mythologies. Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, creator of the famous Villa d’Este at Tivoli, takes us to Rome, where we focus on the princely patronage of a papal family, the Farnese, whose dynastic ambitions were expressed in works by Titian, Michelangelo and Vasari.


Study Events Coordinator

Maggie Stockton


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