The 23rd Annual AHA Scholarship Winner announced!

  We are delighted to announce that the winner of our 2019 Art History Abroad Scholarship is Ella Blomfield of D’Overbroeks College, Oxford, who wins a place on a Summer Course worth £4,100. This summer the winner, Ella, will arrive in Venice speeding over...


Nick muses on Sorolla …

In the Royal Academy Exhibition of Painting the Modern Garden – Monet to Matisse, there was a picture that caught everyone’s breath.  It was by Sorolla, Joaquin Sorolla, who was at the height of his career as Picasso was bursting onto the Parisian scene. ...


Nick reviews an alumni’s book

Oscar the Ferry Cat A little while ago, Director Nick Ross was delighted to receive through the post an enchanting children’s book entitled “Oscar the Ferry Cat” from AHA alumni (and a runner up in our scholarship), Molly Arbuthnott.  Molly trained and works as...


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...


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...