This collection of writings by Professor Michael Kitson has been selected from many articles commissioned by magazines such as The Listener, The Statesman, Times Literary Supplement, and newspapers such as The Times, and The Guardian, by Dr John Gage, a former pupil of Kitson’s. He has written a substantial introduction stressing the clarity and wide appeal of Kitson’s style, and Neil MacGregor has contributed a Foreword.

These articles discuss English, French, Dutch and Italian artists, and address subjects such as ‘Ruskin and English taste’. Artists Kitson discusses include: Dutch – Hals, Rembrandt; English – Constable, Hogarth, Turner; French – Claude; Italian – Bellini, Caravaggio, Salvator Rosa.

This publication will be available during The Courtauld 75th Anniversary Weekend of 4-6 July, where there will be books on sale for £25. Those interested in obtaining more information should contact the Alumni Relations Officer, Janine Catalano at

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Michael Kitson at work