Art, Architecture, and the Antique: Exploring London's Sir John Soane’s Museum with Alan Montgomery

Art, Architecture, and the Antique: Exploring London's Sir John Soane’s Museum with Alan Montgomery


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Situated on London’s largest public square, the magical Sir John Soane’s Museum is truly one of a kind. Built and furnished between the 1790s and the 1820s by one of the era’s most renowned and successful architects, this unique building was intended as a home, an office, and a museum – as a result, it is crammed with an eclectic collection of art and antiquities, featuring everything from ancient Roman sculptures and architectural fragments to masterpieces by painters such as William Hogarth and Canaletto. Join an expert for a virtual tour of London's most eccentric and atmospheric museum, a unique space designed by one of England's greatest architects and filled with his fascinating personal collection of art and antiquities.

The Sir John Soane Museum is a real treasure trove of the unusual and the unexpected, the items still displayed as Soane himself intended, with every inch of wall or floor space utilized to maximum effect. The building too, lovingly designed by Soane, is filled with strange quirks and eccentric features, reflecting his own love of the ancient and the romantic but also including the latest decorative tastes and innovations.

Led by an expert on the early modern European fascination with the ancient world, this interactive seminar will take us on a virtual walk around the Sir John Soane Museum and feature discussions of the house and key objects in the collection, as well as information on Sir John Soane, his career and his legacy. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an insight into both the fascinating museum and the architectural genius who created it.

Alan Montgomery was born and raised in Scotland but has spent most of his adult life in London. Having achieved an MA in Art History at Glasgow University, he worked for many years in the art world at both an international auction house and an antique dealer. In recent years he has returned to academia, achieving an MA in Classical Civilisation in 2011, and has recently completed a Ph.D. in which he analyzed eighteenth-century attitudes towards the ancient Roman world. In addition to his work for Context Travel, Alan also writes catalog essays on Contemporary Art for a leading auctioneer. Elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2017, he has just started work on a book inspired by his Ph.D. research, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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