My Christmas article, of course, has to be about setting the scene for Christmas celebrations. Each December I bring my decorations down from the attic in plenty of time to get the décor just right. I love Christmas and kick it off by ensuring I have the house decked out […]

Almost everyone is familiar with the Renaissance, and most of us will have heard of Impressionism. Beyond that, however, the lay-person’s knowledge of art history gets a bit sketchy (no pun intended!). A mention of ‘Baroque painting’, for example, might prompt an unintended yawn (not that complicated art history stuff!).  […]