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National Gallery For Families Tour
Reading a Painting
Jim came to art history relatively late. After training at RADA and working as an actor and musician in theatre and television for over a decade, he arrived at the Courtauld Institute of Art where he took a BA, MA and PhD, writing his doctoral thesis on Donatello. He held two Postdoctoral and Research Fellowships at the Courtauld, undertaking research on sculpture during the English reformation and revolution, before taking up his current post as Teaching Curator at the Ashmolean Museum in the University of Oxford. Jim is a Londoner, a dad and a cyclist, and would usually rather be at Lord's, watching the cricket.
Francesca grew up in West Wales, but coming from a long line of Londoners she soon found herself living and studying in the capital. She completed both her BA and MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, specialising in Aesthetic Movement art and interiors. Whilst studying, she kept herself busy running the family events programme at Westminster Abbey and volunteering on the education programme at Dulwich Picture Gallery. After graduating in 2008, she went to work at the Royal Academy of Arts organising visits to historical properties and collections in and around London. Since 2013, she has lectured on the history of interior design at KLC School of Design. She also works as a gallery educator, planning and delivering workshops that engage young people in the visual arts. She has written widely on exhibitions and private collections, with a recent focus on producing art history learning resources.
Veronica is a citizen of the world. After completing her BA in Art History at Goucher College in Maryland, USA, she moved to Florence, Italy, to study Art Conservation. Enthralled by the city and its history, she remained there for almost three years while working in various artisan studios. In these botteghe she learned florentine traditional techniques of panel painting, book binding, frame guilding and fresco making. She then moved to Spain to complete her MA in Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia. Currently she lives in London where she uses this wealth of knowledge to create an intimate relationship with the city and its art, hence becoming a true Londoner.
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