Rosalind Ormiston: Art Historian, Arts & Travel Writer,Author


I'm an independent arts & travel writer, an art historian with many books, features and art reviews published. 


In addition to travel features specialising in art and travel focusing on cultural locations, I am commissioned to write art, architecture and design books, and exhibition reviews. 


My academic background is art and architectural history, informed by an MA (Classical Civilisation) and BA (Hons) History of Art, Architecture and Design. in addition, teaching the subjects: history of art, history of architecture, history of design, and history of photography, materail and visual culture, at Kingston University, London, from 2003-2012.


The commissioned books I have written include as subjects: modern art movements, and noted artists such as the Dutch painters Hieronymus Bosch, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn; the Italian Renaissance Masters: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; plus modern-era Paul Gauguin,  Egon Schiele, Edward Hopper, and Pablo Picasso.


With libraries and galleries open I shall be back to full research sources, in addition to the remarkable content available from museum and gallery websites, libraries and academic databases online The artist I am researching right now was famous across Europe. He was known as a scrounger and his wife as a battle-axe. 


Currently I am reading travel books from ancient to modern. I'm using my time to research the content of exhibitions and tourist board plans for late 2020 to 2021. In addition, I am in touch with travel professionals via the British Guild of Travel Writers, a brilliant organisation.




On my wishlist:


The commemorative Raffaello 1520-1493  exhibition reopened in Rome at Scuderie del Quirinale, on June 2nd. Hope to get there - via air brdige, euororail, or driving to Rome, before it closes on 30 August 2020.



UK national and regional galleries have reopened. Plan to catch Titian: Love-Desire-Death, at National Gallery, London. Titian was an interesting man, such a commercial painter.

In 2012 I wrote a book review titled: 'Titian unmasked: The most money-grubbing individual ever created by nature'It's on, free to read. Click here.





To discuss travel or art commissions, or to contact me to discuss projects, please email:







  • British Guild of Travel Writers
  • Association of Art History
  • The Society of Authors
  • Women in Journalism

2020 publications:




I am a contributor to The Artist's Path in 500 Walks to be published September 2020, featuring worldwide locations in the lives of artists, composers and writers. Thunder Bay Press.



By Prestel Publishing Picasso (April 2nd, 2020), 'Masters of Art' series focuses on Picasso's life and work.