Hello, my name is Linda Collins. I was employed by the Historic Royal Palaces for more than twenty years before becoming an independent lecturer and lecture organiser. I hold a BA(hons) in Early Italian art, an MA in the works of Georges de la Tour, and a Diploma in French language and Culture.
Researching my MA in Paris and spending much time in the country has led to a special interest in French Art, but working amongst the paintings in the Royal Collection has also been fascinating and compelling. The opening of the New Cumberland Art Gallery at Hampton Court Palace for example is wonderful because it has brought together works by Caravaggio, Holbein, Rembrandt, Gentileschi (both father and daughter), Gainsborough and many, many more in a beautiful historic setting.
I spend much of my time lecturing to adult education groups, Fine Art societies, Antique groups, The National Trust, U3A, and various universities. I have been lucky enough to lecture worldwide and I have fairly recently returned from my third lecture tour of Australia and New Zealand for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts. I have been filmed for a PBS TV series looking at Tudor Art and I am in the process of putting a book together on the history of Modern Art in Paris.
I work as a freelance lecturer at the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Modern and I am honoured to say that I am an accredited NADFAS lecturer.
If you would like to contact me about a lecture or a private gallery visit then please use the ‘Contact me’ form on the last page. Let me know the date, time and what you are looking for and I will get back to you. Click on the Menu above for a full synopsis of each lecture – along with some interesting facts – and get back to me if what you are looking for is not listed. Lectures include:
- PARIS 1850-1900: The most Decadent city in the World!
- HEDONISTIC PARIS: Life, Art & Culture in Paris during the JAZZ Age 1920/30s.
- FROM DUCCIO TO DEGAS – A chronological look at paintings in the National Gallery, London from Early Italian to Impressionism.
- HAMPTON COURT PALACE:The Splendour of this Magnificent Palace.
- THE QUEENS PAINTINGS: The Royal Collection of Art.
- 100 YEARS OF MODERN ART: explained with scepticism and much humour!
- THE NEW CUMBERLAND ART GALLERY – at Hampton Court Palace.
- THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY: Angels and Demons in Art.