About Melanie V Taylor

Having studied the History of Art, Architecture & Design as a ‘mature’ student at Kingston University, Surrey (UK), I embarked on a full-time Master of Arts degree in Medieval & Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent where the subject of my dissertation was the life and works of Levina Teerlinc (1520-1576).

I live in Surrey with my terrier and lecture on both art history and history to my Ashtead Art Lovers. I have taught the following courses in art and medieval history: Art & Architecture in Renaissance 1350-1500; The Exchange of Ideas between Southern & Northern Europe – Giotto & Van Eyck to Michelangelo & Hans Holbein the Younger; The Italian High Renaissance & Mannerism 1500 – 1600; The Stranger Painters of the Tudor Court (stranger is a way of describing foreigners); The Marketing of Monarchy;  Elizabeth I – the Age of Gloriana; The Normans in Europe; The Reconquest of Spain; The Rise of the Venetian Republic; The Albigensian Crusade; France 1450 – 1500; The Golden Age of Dutch Art and How the Impressionists documented the Industrial Revolution. In addition I have given study days on Hans Holbein the Younger, Nicholas Hilliard and the history of the Tudor Miniature.  In addition, I am asked to give talks to art clubs and various other groups on art and history.

In the past I have written articles for the Tudor Society and am currently working with a documentary maker researching a previously unknown Tudor portrait. If you are interested in coming to any of my monthly talks and joining in the discussion, visit  http://www.ashteadartlovers.co.uk/this-month-s-talk to see what we will be looking at each month.  You can also see what we have looked at during the past 10 years on the “What we have looked at before” page http://www.ashteadartlovers.co.uk/this-month-s-talk/previous-subjects