Jules Lubbock

Art Historian

Jules Lubbock is a retired professor of art history at the University of Essex where he taught for around 40 years. He is interested in the art and architecture of Renaissance Italy before 1500. He was the New Statesman’s critic on design, architecture and planning during the 1980s and also wrote a couple of influential speeches for the Prince of Wales.

His books are:-  Architecture, Art or Profession?: Three Hundred Years of Architectural Education in Britain, with Mark Crinson (1994); The Tyranny of Taste The Politics of Architecture and Design in Britain, 1550-1960 (1995); Storytelling in Christian Art from Giotto to Donatello (2006).

He is currently working on a short book about the frescoes of Good and Bad Government of 1338 by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in the Sala della Pace in Siena’s Palazzo Pubblico. He enjoys scouring charity shops and junk shops for 18th century English glass, slipware pottery and replicas of renaissance sculpture. He likes to holiday on islands with unfrequented sand dunes.

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