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 review features. 


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


With international, national and regional galleries now closed I am working online, researching artists and artworks through the remarkable content available from museum and gallery websites, libraries and academic databases. The artist I am researching right now was famous across Europe. He was known as a scrounger and his wife as a battle-axe. 


International travel has been put on hold so I am travelling the world virtually via the web, and reading travel books from ancient to modern. I'm using my time to research the content of exhibitions and tourist board plans for 2021. In addition, importantly, I am in touch with travel professionals via the British Guild of Travel Writers, a brilliant organisation.


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



On my wishlist:


The commemorative Raffaello 1520-1493  exhibition is about to reopen in Rome at Scuderie del Quirinale, on June 2nd. I want to see it so much. Hope to get there - via air brdige, eororail, or driving to Rome, before it closes on 30 August 2020.


Never got a chance to see Titian: Love-Desire-Death, which opened at National Gallery, London, 16th March but is currently closed. The gallery's website pages explain artist and context, eg. 'Titian: Europe's Most Wanted', click here  

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:

MAY 2020






  • 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 August 2020, featuring worldwide locations in the lives of artists, composers and writers. Thunder Bay Press.



By Prestel Publishing Picasso (April 2nd, 2020), author Rosalind Ormiston The book, in Prestel's 'Masters of Art' series focuses on Picasso's life and work.