Art History Online from MonLife Heritage Museums

Chepstow and Abergavenny Museums’ Popular Art Appreciation Courses – GO ONLINE!

Beginning in Welsh Museums Festival Week…

Now you can join us from wherever you are in the world for a course of 8 one hour talks about


Explore one of Europe’s most extraordinary collections of art – and the taste, talent, power and passion behind it. From Breughel to Titian, Van Dyck to Landseer, along with exquisite porcelain, furniture and jewels.

In an hour-long Zoom talk each week for 8 weeks, popular Monmouthshire lecturer Eleanor Bird will discuss some of the key works in this amazing collection, setting them in their art historical context.

Our courses start in and in celebration of, Welsh Museums Festival week this year

There are two opportunities for you to join us online:

Mondays 2:00 – 3:00 pm, from 26th October to 14th December 2020

or Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 am from 28th October to 16th December 2020

ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Book by midnight Thurs 22nd October

Course fee £40. Booking is online-only, not via the Museum. To book:

If you have any problems making the online booking please contact Kevin Ford who manages the site, his e-mail is or phone him on 01633 644842 and he will help you through it (any working day 9-5)

Unlike many grand European art collections, the Royal Collection has survived for us to enjoy today. This despite most of its works being sold-off by Cromwell during the Civil War – and then forcibly reacquired – and despite centuries of criticism of its ostentation and cost. As well as examining many beautiful paintings, the course will explore the taste, talent, power and passion behind their acquisition. In particular, we look at Charles I’s dangerous obsession for collecting which began when he crossed Europe in disguise to meet a possible Spanish bride, and the passion for gift-giving between Victoria and Albert, who catalogued and expanded the Collection to include both mediaeval altarpieces and the latest photography.

Works covered will span the centuries from the early Renaissance to the 19th-century masters, including Breughel, Holbein, Leonardo, Titian, Van Dyck, Tintoretto, Turner and Landseer. Along the way, the lectures will touch on everything from solid silver furniture to Roman cameos to the glittering jewels which are the now-controversial spoils of Empire.