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, history of photography, material and visual culture, at Kingston University, London, from 2003-2012.


HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNGER: Right now I'm checking the text I wrote, and images I chose for the book Hans Holbein the Younger: His Life and Works, to be published by Lorenz/Anness Publishing. 


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.


The current artist I am researching was famous across Europe. Surprisingly, he was known as a scrounger and his wife as a battle-axe. 


Art galleries have reopened: looking forward to Artemisia Gentileschi retrospective at the National Gallery, London. Opens 3 October 2020 until 24 January 2021


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:


ITALIA! magazine - just published October/November issue with my 6-page feature 'Raphael in Rome', pp.50-55 (see caroussel for first page detail)




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, in Picasso (2020), 'Masters of Art' series I explored Picasso's life and work.