I’m an art history graduate from the Courtauld Institute of Art with an MA in 16th-17th century Netherlandish art. I now work as a fine art underwriter in London, where I live in flat that never heats properly. If you ever want to read/learn/chat about any specific artists, works, books or exhibitions, let me know. I don’t plan to go into art produced since 1990 or non Western art – these areas are too important to be butchered by my good intentions. But if you have anything to say about these – or any other – aspects of art and its history, do contact me. I’m always delighted to have guest posts.

How it all started: Before the Art.

Guest Spencer Ed Spencer, "Portrait of the Blogger in Old Art Style," Coloured pencil on paper, 2013.

Guest blogger Ed Spencer, “Portrait of the Blogger in Old Art Style,” Coloured pencil on paper, 2013.

Email: beforetheart@gmail.com

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INFORMATION ON IMAGES: Most of the pictures I use on Before the Art are not my own. However, each picture should have a link embedded, which means that if you click on an image you’ll be taken back to the site where I found it. Usually this means you’ll also find out a little (or a lot) more information on the subject you’re interested in. However, if you find an image without a link, please let me know. And if you find an image that you think should be taken down, let me know that as well. 



4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi there – just found your blog and am so excited. I think I’ll be here for the next hour. 🙂 I’ve just returned to school after 30 years to study art, and am almost at the end of my Intro to AH102 course – which I’m totally looooving. So nice to meet you.

    • Hi Lori, how nice to read your lovely comments. I’m so glad that you’ve enjoyed looking through, and I hope you’ll keep coming back – it sounds like you have quite a story to tell yourself. Nice to meet you!

  2. Thank you for checking out my blog – btw so pleased to find yours! While you mention you don’t touch on 1990 and above, most artists practicing today and after 1990 need frequent reminders of all that you are writing about. We do stand on the shoulders of giants. Thanks!

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