Rosalind Ormiston

I am an art and architectural historian, arts & travel writer, writing features for magazines with many books published, on art movements, and artists, including Hieronymus Bosch, Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Gauguin, William Morris, Egon Schiele and Edward Hopper.

     Vermeer & The Dutch Masters, published by Flame Tree Publishing 30 August 2018




My visit to La Piscine museum of arts and industry - a mini French V&A -  in Roubaix, France, last month is gaining attention. Super-cool director Bruno Gaudichon and architect Jean-Paul Philippon, gave interviews, and a tour of the museum and new extension, which reopened on 20 October. La Piscine is an Art Deco swimming pool now an art gallery and museum, doing for Roubaix what the Guggenheim has done for Bilbao. (see carousel Jean-Paul Philippon + Art Deco pool)


From my 'rosalind.ormiston'  posts on Instagram in October the favourite was a photo I took of a young boy photographing Rembrandt van Rijn's 'The Nightwatch', 1642, at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.  The room where it is displayed was full of adults and children of all nationalities, there to see Rembrandt's most famous work. He appeals to all ages. 2019 is Rembrandt350, marking 350 years since his death. Many exhibitions planned. I want to go to them all, especially 'All the Rembrandts' at the Rijks. opens February 2019


Lorenzo Lotto Portraits, at the National Gallery, London (opens 5 November), is the first-ever exhibition of the Italian Renaissance artist Lorenzo Lotto 1480-155) portraits. It is stunning: the faces, the clothes, the colours, Lotto's attention to detail. Loved it.  Free to view. (See carousel, detail of 'Portrait of Andrea Odoni, 1527, Royal Collection trust) 


LEONARDO500 - is to be celebrated in 2019. I came across the 'Leonardo da Vinci' rose (on the carousel) during a 6-day press tour of the Loire Valley, in the summer, in prep for Renaissance500: to mark year-long events in 2019 to celebrate  500years of the French Renaissance, and mark the death of Da Vinci in France.


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Just previewed 'Lorenzo Lotto Portraits' at National Gallery, London (opens 5 November - free admission)


Artists & Illustrators December issue out now, features interview with Alison Smith, co-curator of 'Edward Burne-Jones' exh. (Tate Britain).


Writing a feature for Kent Life 


Writing a feature for France magazine


Writing features for Italla! magazine.


Writing a book on Hans Holbein the Younger.


Interviewed for BBC History podcast - on Arts & Crafts Movement click to hear