Julia Biggs MA (Cantab) is a freelance art historian, writer, lecturer and tutor, committed to student-centred learning. Through Renaissance Art History Cambridge, she runs courses, informal talks, study days and gallery visits.
Her specialist areas are 15th and 16th century Italian painting, with a strong emphasis on image-making and artistic patronage (exploring less frequently examined topics such as female patronage), and the relationship between visual art and religion.
Latest exhibition picks
In collaboration with the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Oxford's Ashmolean Museum presents Raphael: The Drawings (1 June - 3 September). The Ashmolean, which holds the largest group of Raphael drawings in the world, will take viewers from the artist's early career in Umbria through to his time spent in Florence and Rome, where he worked on projects such as the Vatican frescoes. Don't miss this 'once-in-a-lifetime exhibition'!
For those venturing further afield, check out Bill Viola at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence (10 March - 23 July 2017). This major retrospective, which will include some of the Renaissance masterpieces that have inspired the artist, alongside his video installations, promises to be a fantastic show.