The Father of Art History

The 8th of June is the day when the father of Art History was murdered in 1768.  Joachim Winckelmann was the man who in the 1750’s made the distinction between different styles and periods of Greek sculpture which became the methodology of Art History.  He...


Bronzino, Portrait of a Man holding a Statuette

Art History: Why study it? And what to do with it?

AHA tutor Andy Stewart MacKay on his own experience. Featured painting, Bronzino, Portrait of a Man holding a Statuette (c 1545) Go with alert eyes, a subtle mind and a sympathetic heart Too frequently as an Art History undergraduate (St Andrews University 1998-2002) I...


The stage at Palazzo Corsini

A New Generation for every Generation

… and announcing AHA’s new Musical Scholarship. It was a play about a film about a play.  Who could imagine a more delicious cultural sandwich?  And so it was at the New Generation Festival we watched Henry V*, set to the music of Sir...



Summer course students on the Bay of Naples

Trying not to be in touch

“Dad, what’s that music you played me; old music, something demonic and James Bond. I want to play it to Marie (one of AHA’s tutors)”. My heart leapt. It is Bosch Butt Music and the score appears on the bare bottom of a figure...