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A thirst for knowledge. (Summer Book & Education Feature).

To develop and nurture a basic knowledge of the art world into literary scholarship or even a career, there are many opportunities available to the art historian. The courses advertised in this Education and Book Feature are aimed at those with a keen interest in art and a desire to learn more.

Christie's Education is celebrating 25 years of academic success with a move to a purpose-built college building of its own on 1st September. Located at 153 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 5BD the completely refurbished college dates from 1970 and is actually on the site of the first Building Crafts College founded in 1893. Situated in the historic Fitzrovia area of London, the modern building and spacious building provides unprecedented facilities in an area long associated with great artists and literary figures.

Christie's Education is an international institution aiming to offer the highest quality education possible in art history, connoisseurship and the art market. Courses emphasise object-based learning where students come into contact with a wide range of works of art first hand. Students have the option of (A) Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate Degree and Master's courses in Early European Art, Antiquity, Middle Ages and Renaissance.

(B) Fine and Decorative Arts--Renaissance to the Present Day or (C) Modern Art and Contemporary Art: 1860 to Present Day.

Missenden Abbey offers a special environment for students of all types, within its beautiful parkland setting of mature trees and historic buildings. The courses range from art and art history to embroidery and textiles, creative crafts, health, languages, music and performance. Missenden Abbey enjoys a high reputation in the field of adult learning and many students study for the City and Guilds qualifications

The V & A is the world's greatest museum of art and design and as part of its extensive education service it is offering three separate part-time courses on the visual arts ion Europe. These courses give a fascinating and coherent survey of the fine, architecture, design and decorative arts in Europe from the Middle Ages to the First World War. The courses are ideal for anybody wanting to discover more about some of the most extraordinary art and design the world has produced. Teaching is mostly by slide lecture, with supplementary gallery talks that provide access to the unparalleled collections in the museum. (See advertisement page 11 for courses available).

Waddesdon Manor, home of the Rothschild Collection, continues to offer many special interest days. On 23rd September, Christie's Education in partnership with Waddesdon Manor, are offering an exclusive opportunity to experience the true 'style Rothschild'. (see advertisement page 10 for complete list of Special Interest Days).

West Dean College is situated near Chichester in West Sussex. The College offers superior diploma programmes in Visual and Applied Arts including tapestry weaving and making of early stringed musical instruments. New MA visual arts, PGDip art and site, PGDip painting and drawing. Conservation-Restoration of antique clocks, antique furniture, books and library material, ceramics and related materials and fine metalwork.

New MA conservation studies and PGDip conservation of buildings, interiors and sites.

The full list of courses can be viewed on the internet site:

University of Cambridge Art History Summer School is the only programme at the University of Cambridge in the history of art which is open to those who are not full-time students of the University. It is devised particularly for those people who already have some knowledge or experience in art history, although many participants in previous years have come from other backgrounds. The Art History Summer School has a reputation for lively discussions and exchange of ideas, continuing far beyond the scheduled sessions, and extending across the programme's residential community. Academic and cultural diversity springs from the range of nationalities represented: students from eighteen different countries will attend in 2003.

Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam offers a Master's degree programme in Museology in the form of an eighteen month international study programme which is open to all post-graduates holding degrees from recognised universities. The programme is modular in structure and consists of modules in Theoretical Museology, Information Management, Conservation Methodology, Communications, Visitor Studies, Management of Cultural Institutes and Exhibition Management and requires a thesis for completion. Entry in January and September. Degrees are conferred in association with the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and is recognised by the Cultural Heritage National Organisation

Institute d'Etudes Superieures des Arts, Paris is offering new, year-long courses in collaboration with the Wallace Collection starting in October in Paris. Courses will also be run in Florence, London and Brussels. For further information call Adriana Turpin on (London) 020 7229 5096 or visit

As part of a wider strategy to open and maintain active contact with new scholars whose research intersects with sculptural concerns, the Henry Moore Institute is launching an academic database aimed at post graduate students. As new scholars are often unpublished during and for a time after their studies, their developing expertise often remains invisible outside the conference and lecture circuit. The database will turn this developing expertise into a useful information resource and will help scholars keep up-to-date with current developments in sculpture research, make contacts with others working in similar fields and find out about opportunities available to them. It will enable the Institute to keep in touch with scholars about research events at the Institute and to inform them about conferences, calls for papers, publication possibilities and scholarship opportunities in their field, not only at the Institute but elsewhere.

This initiative could make a real difference to establishing connections between scholars engaged in sculpture studies both in Britain and overseas. However, in order to make this project work, the Institute needs the input of PhD and MA supervisors to put students in contact with them. Students can find a form to download on the website: or contact Liz Aston, tel: 0113 246 7467 or e-mail

The Annual York National Book Fair at the Barbican Centre, York runs from Friday 19th September to Saturday 20th September this year. The Fair lays claim to being Britain's largest antiquarian book fair with over 200 leading booksellers specialising in antiquarian and secondhand books, maps, prints and ephemera.

Exhibitors are both local (Janette Ray and Ken Spelman) and distant (The Old Town Bookshop, Edinburgh; Walden Books, London and R.G. Watkins Books and Prints, Somerset). Janette Ray specialises in rare and out of print books on architecture, conservation, design, period decoration, gardens and landscape design. Her large selection of books may be viewed on her website, www.

The Old Town Bookshop, Edinburgh is run by Ron Wilson and was recently voted Shop of the month Edinburgh. The medieval delights of the city, known as the Athens of the North, draw crowds from across the globe and the homely allure of the Old Town Bookshop holds a key part of that charm. The large stock of old and new books, including specialist areas in art and architecture, children's, illustrated and antiquarian can be viewed on the extensive website The bookshop also has the reputation of providing a gentle introduction to the sometimes intimidating world of antiquarian books.

Richard Watkins of R.G. Watkins has produced a catalogue with over 730 engraved portraits (the first since his previous catalogue in 1986) depicting artists, engravers, doctors, scientists, actors explorers, royalty, politicians and writers. See his website for a list of books on art and collecting, artist's letters and portraits.

Walden Books was founded in 1979 and specialises in rare and unusual books on literature and the visual arts with an emphasis on art history and artist's monographs, architecture and photography. Their stock can be viewed on their website www. members/waldenbooks.

Further details of exhibitors can be gained from their advertisements in these pages and the fair's own website, was established in 1991 and is one of Britain's most respected rare antique and antiquarian leather book specialists. Visit this website to see why business in conducted in more than sixty countries.


The Cambridge Companion to Giotto Edited by Anne Derbes and Mark Sandona An introduction to one of the most important masters of early Italian art. Cambridge Companions to the History of Art 70.00 [pounds sterling] |HB| 0 521 7707 6 | 368pp

The Votive Statues of the Athenian Acropolis Katherine Keesling Sheds new light upon the Origins and significance of Greek portraiture. 55.00 [pounds sterling] |HB| 0 521 81523 1 | 320pp

Manet, Flaubert, and the Emergence of Modernism Blurring Genre Boundaries Arden Reed Manet, Flaubert and the Emergence of Modernism weaves together art history and literacy criticism in a joint study of the canonical 'fathers' of modernism. Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism 70.00 [pounds sterling] |HB| 0 521 81505 3 | 368pp

The Victorian Artist Artists' Lifewritings in Britain, 1870-1910 Julie Codell Examines the origins, development and explosion of biographical literature on artists in Britain between 1870 and 1910. 60.00 [pounds sterling] |HB| 0 521 81757 9 | 392pp
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