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Thursday 2nd July 2020


Join us for a special study day in conjunction with one of 2020’s key exhibitions, dedicated to the extraordinary life and work of Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most celebrated female painters in the history of art. 

A follower of Caravaggio, whose work she will have encoutered through his friendship with her father Orazio Gentileschi, Artemisia rose to become one of the most sought after painters of her day, becoming the first ever female member of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence. She also enjoyed fame in Rome, Venice, Naples and London where she worked alongside her father for King Charles I, who acquired one of her most beautiful and intriguing paintings, an allegorical self-portrait in the guise of La Pittura or Painting. Despite a series of tragic events during her youth and the constant challange of working within what was still very much a male-dominated environment, Artemisia continued to overcome personal difficulty, producing some of the most sublime and moving images of the early 17th century. 

Around 35 paintings will be brought together for the first time for this major exhibition, including key loans such as Self-Portrait as a Lute Player (about 1615-18) from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art which was painted around the same time as the National Gallery’s own recent acquisition, Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Our study day will includes a private introductory lecture by National Gallery lecturer and Renaissance specialist Siân Walters, timed entry tickets and audioguide hire

Booking is now open.



Please meet at The Linnean Society (on the left hand side of the courtyard as you come into Burlington House) in advance of our lecture which will begin at 11.00. Doors will open at 10.30 - we recommend allowing time to sign in and collect your tickets before the talk begins.

Our introductory talk given by expert lecturer Siân Walters will take place in the ground floor Meeting Room (opposite the main entrance as you come in).  You may like to have a coffee in the RA before the talk begins (please note, there are no refreshment facilties at The Linnean Society although we will provide complimentary juice and biscuits on your arrival).

After lunch (optional) we have timed entry tickets in the early afternoon to the National Gallery exhibition (just a 5-minute walk from the restaurant). Lecturing is not permitted in the exhibition but an audio tour is included and your lecturer will be on hand to answer questions. The day will finish at about 3.30. The fee will be £47.50 per person and includes an introductory exhibition lecture, timed entry tickets and audioguide hire.

Please see below for study day reductions


Please let us know if you would like to join us for lunch - we will eat at a very reasonably-priced Italian restaurant near the National Gallery. Payment (in cash) can be made on the day.

Please let us know on the booking form if you have any food intolerances, allergies or dietary requirements.

Further Study Day Information

Location and Directions

The Linnean Society
Burlington House
London W1J 0BF
Tel : 020 7434 4479

To view a map of the venue location click here

Travel Information:
Burlington House is situated on Piccadilly, approximately half-way between Green Park and Piccadilly underground stations. Bus services 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38 pass the entrance.

We then go by foot to the National Gallery where the exhibition will take place. The address is Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

National Gallery members receive a discount of £14.00 - please inform us when booking, thank you. Please deduct this if paying by cheque, or if booking online we will refund you shortly after the study day has taken place. This will be actioned via Paypal (please let us know if you do not have a Paypal account and we will send you a refund by cheque).

However, members must book their own timed entry slot in advance - we regret that the gallery does not allow us to do this for you. Members can log in using their password to the members' website, and select a convenient timed entry slot. We would recommend doing this well in advance, to guarantee entry at your required time. For those joining the group for lunch, we would recommend that you book a time slot no earlier than 2.00.

We are afraid that we are unable to offer discounts if we are informed about passes after bookings have been made. Thank you. We regret that other reductions are not available for this study day.

If you would like to join us please fill in the online booking form. If you would prefer to send a booking form by post please download a copy here.

Once your booking has been accepted, we will notify you by email. If you have not received an email confirmation, please check your ‘deleted items' and 'junk mail' folders. If you have not received a confirmation please do contact us to ensure that we have received your booking.

Normally we will not need to send you any further information, so please just bring the study day details and email confirmation with you on the day. We regret we are unable to offer refunds on unused tickets, but tickets may be transferred to someone else for the event you have booked. Please give us 48 hours notice if you wish to do so.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event.

Image: Artemisia Gentileschi, Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria © National Gallery, London

Thank you for setting the scene so well this morning – because of your excellent lecture I was able to get the maximum out of the exhibition in the afternoon – a thoroughly enjoyable day!”

Mrs Margaret Ashley

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  • One of the highlights of this year's exhibition calendar
  • Introductory presentation by National Gallery lecturer
  • Delicious lunch arranged
  • Timed entry tickets included
  • Reductions available



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