Friday 22nd November 2013
The fourth quarter of 2014 sees the opening of a long awaited exhibition at The National Gallery in London. “Rembrandt:The Final Years” brings together around 90 works of the artist’s oeuvre, drawn from the collections of major European and American Museums including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The exhibition, which runs from October 2014 until January 2015, will focus on Rembrandt’s late works as the artist continued to find new ways of expressing his extraordinary talents. This period is often considered to represent the pinnacle of his career, a time during which Rembrandt gave full rein to his innermost thoughts, concerns and observations through the medium of soulful and painfully honest paintings. After its conclusion in London the exhibition will move to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam where it will run until May 2015.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition we will be arranging a lecture on Rembrandt in London during the early part of 2014. At the time of writing we are still finalising the details and will be sending out invitations shortly. If you would like to be considered for this please do get in touch.
Wednesday 19th June 2013
On the 13th of June we hosted a private tour of the American Museum in our home town of Bath, followed by a lunch in the company of the museum’s director Dr Richard Wendorf. Over 30 people took part, the majority of whom were visits organisers from a wide variety of associations and societies, and the event offered an excellent opportunity for everyone to meet in informal surroundings and to share their experiences. The tour of the museum gave us a fascinating insight into the traditions and folk and decorative art of the USA, from its early settlers through to the 20th century. The museum enjoys a wonderful location in Claverton Manor in its own extensive grounds and was founded to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe. Several guests commented that they were unaware of the richness of the collection and that they planned on bringing their own groups over the next year or so.
Meanwhile we would like to thank all those who attended and also the director staff of the museum for their superb hospitality and first-class organisation.
Friday 15th February 2013
In Spring 2013 the British Museum will present a major exhibition on the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. This is the first such exhibition in the museum’s history and it promises to be an important event in the exhibition calendar. Over 250 objects will be on display, and the main focus will be the Roman home and the people who lived in the two cities which were destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius within a period of 24 hours in AD 79. A preview of what’s in store is available from the museum’s website at www.britishmuseum.org.
The London show provides a wonderful opportunity for you to introduce the idea of a visit to the Bay of Naples to your group. The importance of the exhibition and the interest which it will no doubt generate acts as a perfect catalyst for a visit to southern Italy. Over the years we have arranged many group tours to this area, and our itineraries include visits not only to Pompeii and Herculaneum but also further afield to Capri, Amalfi, Ravello and of course the beautiful city of Naples itself with its superb museums, vibrant streets and spectacular vistas. Our tours are based in a family hotel in the charming town of Vico Equense close to all the points of interest, and as usual the key ingredient is the quality of our guide-lecturer who continues to receive the highest praise from all our groups. Naples is served by a variety of UK airports, so please do get in touch for a suggested itinerary for your group.