Welcome

I am Laurence Shafe and my art history talks and courses are available on YouTube and full class notes in PDF format are available here.

I am creating a series of video guides to art history based on over a hundred one and two-hour talks I have given over the last six years.

Art history talks has a list of PDF files containing all my slides and lecture notes. My current art history course is on the Lectures and Courses page and Past Lectures and Courses lists all the courses and lectures I have given since 2014 with class notes.

Over the last few years I have covered the history of British art since 1500 and I have given a tour of Tate Britain room by room. I have recently taken my inspiration from the exhibitions that have taken place, mostly in London. Between September and March I give a weekly 60-75 minute talk on a wide variety of art history topics.

I have a doctorate in art history from Bristol University and I studied nineteenth-century British and French art at the Courtauld Institute but my talks are much wider ranging. Each lecture typically discusses between 20 and 30 artworks and over a term I cover a wide range of historical periods and artists from Ancient Greece to the present day.

I am a Tate Guide and I have prepared twelve guided tours of both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. I recommend visiting the Tate and going on one of these free tours. They are held during the day and you do not need to book in advance, just turn up.

The section of this website called Art History provides a brief introduction to the subject based on my undergraduate notes and ‘Jump to a Page‘ provides an alphabetic list of all the 940 pages.

Thoughts are some of my ideas and speculations about a wide variety of topics.

My biography is on the About page and includes links to the essays and dissertations I wrote as a student from undergraduate level to my doctorate. If you would like to comment on the site or contact me please use the Contact page or the comment section at the bottom of most pages.