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15 May 2019A FAMILY AFFAIR Florence and the Medici
17 April 2019GOING POTTY ABOUT COMMODES
11 April 201950th ANNIVERSARY PRIVATE MEMBERS VIEWING
20 March 2019WONDER WORKERS AND THE ART OF ILLUSION
20 February 2019TEMPLES, TOMBS AND TREASURES: In Search of the Queen of Sheeba
16 January 2019CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS
12 December 2018THE ART OF SNOW AND ICE: HOW ARTISTS TRANSFORMED THE WINTER LANDSCAPE
21 November 2018CHINESE COURT COSTUME (1644 – 1911): A JOURNEY THROUGH THE IMPERIAL WARDROBE
17 October 2018THe Green Man in English Churches
19 September 2018David Hockney--: “BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN”
17 September 2018St Georges Chapel Special Event
18 July 2018WINDOWS ON ANOTHER WORLD: THE PAINTINGS OF JAN VAN EYCK
20 June 2018WILLIAM JAMES NEATBY: THE MASTER OF HARRODS MEAT HALL
16 May 2018A CHILD OF SIX COULD DO IT! :--CARTOONISTS AND MODERN ART
21 March 2018Backstage at the Opera
16 March 2018A CHILD OF SIX COULD DO IT! :--CARTOONISTS AND MODERN ART
21 February 2018Vienna Secession 1918 - 2018
17 January 2018 Votes for Women Art, Suffragettes and female politicians.
13 December 2017Charles Dickens Conjurer: the playbills of Victorian showmen
15 November 2017Charles Rennie Mackintosh
18 October 2017Durer
20 September 2017Manet A Most Sophisticated Rebel
19 July 2017The Silver Thread: silver filigree and traditional arts in Kosovo
21 June 2017Faber & Faber 90 years of excellence in cover design
17 May 2017Thomas Gainsborough
19 April 2017The Other side: Counter Memorials Germanys Post-WWII Culture of Apology and Atonement
15 March 2017IMAGE AND HISTORY: ART AT THE LANSDOWNE CLUB
15 February 2017CARL DOLMETSCH: THE RECORDER WAS HIS LIFE
18 January 2017ART INSPIRED BY WINE
14 December 2016THE HISTORY OF STAINED GLASS THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS STORY
16 November 2016Pots and Frocks - the world of Grayson Perry, Britain's favourite transvestite.
19 October 2016LEGACIES OF COLONIALISM: FINE ART IN INDONESIA from 1830 to the present day
21 September 2016MOTHER NATURE’S SECOND HUSBAND – LANCELOT BROWN AND THE SHAPING OF THE ENGLISH LANDSCAPE
20 July 2016UPS AND DOWNS OF THE IMPRESSIONISTS along the Cradle of the Seine
15 June 2016GREAT FIRE of LONDON
18 May 2016VIVALDI IN VENICE
20 April 2016CARL AND KARIN LARSSON AND THE IKEA EFFECT
16 March 2016THE LIFE OF MISIA SERT, MUSE; CONCERT PIANIST AND FASHION ICON
17 February 2016NORMAN ROCKWELL GREAT AMERICAN ARTIST OR MERE ILLUSTRATOR
20 January 2016. “Everything is art. Everything is politics” - Ai Weiwei
09 December 2015WAR ARTISTS OF THE GREAT WAR
18 November 2015LITERARY VENICE, A BRITISH LOVE AFFAIR
21 October 2015SECRET ART IN THE PASSPORT - HOW WE USE IT TO FOX THE FORGER
16 September 2015ART AND THE NAPOLEONIC WARS; MARKING THE BICENTENARY OF THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO
15 July 2015ROMANCING THE RAILS
17 June 2015MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED BESTIARIES
20 May 2015THOMAS HETHERWICK; THE LEONARDO DA VINCI OF OUR TIMES
15 April 2015LOVE, POWER AND SCANDAL; A ROYAL JEWEL FOR EVERY OCCASION
18 March 2015EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MAGNA CARTA BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK (including the Arty Bits)
18 February 2015LEPTIS MAGNA AND CYRENE: CITIES OF THE SANDS
21 January 2015TWO LONDON PORCELAIN FACTORIES: CHELSEA AND BOW
10 December 2014THE INVENTORS OF CHRISTMAS: TIMELESS CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS & THE PEOPLE WHO INTRODUCED THEM
19 November 2014REMBRANDT (1606 – 1669)
15 October 2014A THOUSAND YEARS OF HISTORY: THE MEDIEVAL CATHEDRAL AS A TIME MACHINE
17 September 2014BEHIND THE LONDON LIVERY COMPANIES – OBJECTS AND STORIES
16 July 2014CÉZANNE – ‘THE FATHER OF MODERN ART’
18 June 2014THREE GREAT FAMILIES & THEIR GARDENS: THE ROTHSCHILDS, THE SACKVILLE WESTS & THE ASTORS
21 May 2014THE ELIZABETHAN COUNTRY HOUSE: ITS ARCHITECTURE AND CONTENTS
16 April 2014THE NOT-SO-STILL LIVES OF BEN NICHOLSON
19 March 2014Conserving the English Icon: The cleaning and conservation of Long Gallery Portraits
15 January 2014The Cult of the South Pacific: From Cook to Gauguin
11 December 2013Fakes & Forgeries: The art of deception, insight into the methods used by criminals to dupe the art market
20 November 2013The Twelve Days of Christmas
16 October 2013Simon de Montfort – At Home and At War
18 September 2013More than meets the eye: understanding the visual language of art
17 July 2013Classic Ground: Renaissance Gardens of Italy
19 June 2013Abracadabra of the Mountebanks – stages, scenery and effects in the theatre
15 May 2013A Very Important Brotherhood: Rosetti, Millais, Hunt and the Early Pre-Raphaelites
17 April 2013Ante Rooms of Heaven? Art in Medieval Hospitals
20 March 2013For Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals
20 February 2013Murder and Modernism: Walter Richard Sickert and the Camden Town Group
16 January 2013AD 410 – The Year that Shook Rome
12 December 2012CONTINUITY AND TRADITION IN WESTERN SCULPTURE
21 November 2012Imperial Purple to Denim Blue: The Colourful History of Textiles
17 October 2012Rene Lalique – Master of Art Nouveau Jewellery and Art Deco Glass
19 September 2012LEONARDO DA VINCI: ANATOMICAL FORM WITH FUNCTION
18 July 2012A PEEP BEHIND THE SCENES: THE LIFE AND ART OF THOMAS ROWLANDSON
20 June 2012Paining in Little: The Miniature Portarit in 16th and 17th Century England
16 May 2012THIS IS WREN: THE CLASSICAL,THE BAROQUE AND THE CITY OF LONDON CHURCHES
18 April 2012WILLIAM KENT AND HIS PORTRAITS OF THE SERVANTS AT KENSINGTON PALACE
21 March 2012THE GILDED STAGE: A SOCIAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF OPERA
15 February 2012THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHARLES DICKENS
18 January 2012A THOUSAND MILES WITH AMELIA B. EDWARDS. A JOURNEY IN 1873 THROUGH THE LENGTH OF EGYPT.
14 December 2011SMALLHYTHE PLACE AND OTHER HIDDEN GEMS: THE INTIMATE JEWELS OF DAME ELLEN TERRY
16 November 2011MUSIC ON THE GRAND TOUR
19 October 2011POSTERS OF THE BELLE EPOQUE
21 September 2011THE OTHER WHISTLER: REX (1905-44) GIFTED ARTIST AND DESIGNER
20 July 2011SHAFTS OF LIGHT: THE PHENOMENON OF MINING ART
15 June 2011EMBROIDERED WITH WOODBINE AND EGLANTINE: ELIZABETHAN TEXTILE FURNISHINGS
18 May 2011THE POETIC VISION OF MARC CHAGALL
20 April 2011AFTER IMPRESSIONISM – BOLD EXPERIMENTATION WITH COLOUR, LINE, FORM AND STYLE

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A FAMILY AFFAIR Florence and the Medici .Jo Walton. Wednesday 15 May 2019

The names ‘Florence’ and ‘Medici’ are inextricably linked with each other. From the late 1300s to 1737 the family advised, ruled, were exiled, returned and ruled again in Florence in continuing cycles, eventually stamping their authority on the city with authoritarian firmness. At the same time they were responsible for helping to create one of the most vibrant artistic centres of the Renaissance and beyond. This is a story filled with larger-than-life characters and great art alongside stirring historical events, occasional assassinations, and the eventual decline of a remarkable dynasty. 

Has combined teaching and lecturing with a career in art bookselling and has been a volunteer guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Now a  freelance lecturer for The Arts Society, the Art Fund, and Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and local art societies.