Rosalind Ormiston

I am an art & architectural historian, arts & travel writer with books published on art movements, such as Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and the Dutch Golden Age (not a movement but...) And, artists including the fabulous Dutch painters Hieronymus Bosch, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn; the Renaissance Masters: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; plus the uniquely talented Paul Gauguin, William Morris, Egon Schiele and Edward Hopper. 


Latest features:  


April issue of Kent Life has a four-page feature I wrote on Vincent van Gogh, relating to the brief but relevant period he spent in Ramsgate in 1876, years before he became an artist. It coincides with the Tate Britain exhibition 'Van Gogh and Britain' (until 11 August, 2019)


'Life on the Lake', Italia! magazine (April issue), a 6-page feature on Lake Maggiore, in northern Italy. what to see, do, places to stay, places to visit, places to eat.


'My favourite place in Italy'. My choice of Castello di Rivoli, near Turin, in Italia! (April issue, p.16)


'Joachin Sorolla', in Artists & Illustrators  magazine (April issue) marking the National Gallery, London exhibition of 'Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light'. The feature focuses on Sorolla's extraordinary painting technique, in conversation with the exhibtion's curator,Christopher Riopelle. Exhibition opens 18 March 2019. (Above, on carousel, The Young fFsherman, Valencia, 1904, by Sorolla, discussed in feature.)


'Guiding Light' in Artists & Illustrators magazine (March issue), celebrating Rembrandt350 in 2019 (see below)


'Decoding Da Vinci'  in Limelight, (published in Australia), published 7 January 2019.


'Of Visionaries and Kings' in France Magazine, (published UK and North America) 'Loire Valley' January 2019 issue.

Vermeer & The Dutch Masters, published by Flame Tree Publishing 2018



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APRIL 2019


2019 is a marker for Rembrandt van Rijn, and Leonardo da Vinci anniversaries, two of the most remarkable men, respected in their lifetimes as sublime painters.


I have books published on both Leonardo and Rembrandt:

The Life and Works of Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenz Publishing 2017;


Rembrandt: His Life and Works in 500 Images, Lorenz Publishing, 2012.


For current features I have written on Leonardo, and Rembrandt , now published - see this front page.  For gardener-art lovers, the pink floribunda rose on the carrousel above, is called 'Leonardo da Vinci'. It's unperfumed but strong, a bit like Leonardo. This is the 500th annniversary of his death in Amboise, France, which is where i saw this rose.