Meet the Expert
Meet The Expert
Each month a member of the Curatorial Department explores their specialist area of the Collection in two different ways.
The month begins with a short Expert's Choice film that delves deeply into the story behind one object. Then, on the third Thursday of the month, a free online public talk introduces works of art in a broader context.
Félix Zorzo: Diana and Actaeon's Writing Desk
For May's talk, join Félix Zorzo, Curatorial Assistant and cover for the 18th-century French Decorative Arts, for an introduction to a mesmerising early 18th century writing desk, currently on display in our temporary exhibition, Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts.
To learn more, join us for May's Meet the Expert talk, where Félix will discuss how how decorative art pieces at the Wallace Collection reflect 18th century interest in the natural world, as French designers, sculptors and craftsmen sought inspiration from nature for their innovative creations in the Régence and Rococo styles.
Akemi Luisa Herráez Vossbrink: David Roberts' Spanish and Moroccan Travels
For April's Meet the Expert talk, join Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Fellow, Dr Akemi Luisa Herráez Vossbrink and discover the Scottish artist, David Roberts, through a selection of his works held in the Wallace Collection.
To learn more about Roberts, you can watch April's Meet the Expert talk, where Dr Herráez Vossbrink is joined by Professor Claudia Hopkins, Director of Durham University’s Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art, as they discuss Roberts's travels throughout Spain, North Africa and the Middle East.
Suzanne Higgott: Two Painted Enamel Plates from Limoges
Join Suzanne Higgott, Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenware and Early Furniture, in taking a close look at two jewel-like painted enamel plates made in Limoges in the sixteenth century. For more from Suzanne, watch the live Meet the Expert talk from March, where she is joined by former keeper in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Dr Julia Poole, to discuss the 'Joseph Plates' and artists who made them.
Ada de Wit: The Gold Cups of Eternal Stability
Follow Ada de Wit, Curator of Works of Art, as she examines a pair of Chinese gold cups and their role in the celebration of the New Year at the Qianlong Emperor’s Court. For more information about these ritual objects, their cultural context and the use of kingfisher feathers in decoration, join us for February’s Meet the Expert talk, where Ada will be in conversation with Dr Qin Cao, Senior Curator of Chinese, Korean, Himalayan and Mongolian collections at the National Museum of Scotland.
Arthur Bijl: Talking About Daggers
Follow Arthur Bijl, Hutton McRoberts Assistant Curator of Ottoman, Middle Eastern and Asian Arms and Armour, as he considers the cultural role daggers played in the Ottoman Empire through the poetic inscriptions on one enigmatic dagger from the sixteenth century. For more information about daggers at the Wallace Collection, watch our free Meet the Expert talk, where Arthur discusses a unique dagger made in medieval Herat.
Tobias Capwell: Fragments of an Imperial Armour
Dr Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armour, takes a closer look at the surviving fragments of an imperial armour, made by master armourer Konrad Seusenhofer. To discover more about Suesenhofer, watch our free Meet the Expert talk, where Dr Capwell discusses the life and career of one of the greatest armourers of the 16th century.
Yuriko Jackall: The Swing
Jean-Honoré Fragonard's treasured rococo painting The Swing has recently undergone gentle cleaning and conservation. Yellowed varnish has been removed, which has revealed Fragonard's original colour palette and has emphasised the painting's original depth and composition. Learn more about the story behind The Swing in this month's Expert's Choice video and in our free online talk, The Fragonard Project.
Lelia Packer: Frans Hals and the Male Portrait
Lelia Packer, our Curator of Dutch, Italian, Spanish, German and Pre-1600 Paintings, explores male portraiture as part of the exhibition Frans Hals: The Male Portrait (22 September 2021 – 30 January 2022). The exhibition celebrates Frans Hals’s most famous and beloved painting, The Laughing Cavalier, in the first ever show to focus solely on Hals’s portraits of men posing on their own.
Learn more about this landmark exhibition with our free online talk, Frans Hals and The Male Portrait, available now on YouTube.
Arthur Bijl: From The Guarded Domains of Iran
Our Hutton McRoberts Assistant Curator of Ottoman, Middle Eastern and Asian Arms and Armour, Arthur Bijl, invites you to take a closer look at the arms and armour of the reunited 'Guarded Domains of Iran' during the reigns of the early Qajar kings.
Learn more about an exceptional body armour bearing the name of Fath-’Ali Shah Qajar, and the complex role traditional arms and armour played in early nineteenth-century Iran, with our free online talk, From the Guarded Domains of Iran, available now on YouTube.
Behind the Scenes
Over the past months, the Meet the Expert series has offered a deep dive into wide-ranging subjects such as the magnificence of arms and armour, the splendour of Philip IV's court, the ground colours of Sèvres porcelain, and a reconsideration of painter and draftsman Antoine Watteau on the 300th anniversary of his death.
In August, members of the Curatorial team came together to offer an insight into their work and their careers. Find out more in their online talk, available now on YouTube.
Yuriko Jackall: Watteau, 300 years later
Our Head of Curatorial and Curator of French Paintings, Dr Yuriko Jackall, invites you to take a close look at the work of Antoine Watteau whose paintings are as alluring and mysterious today as they were three centuries ago.
Learn more about Watteau with our free online talk, Watteau at 300, available now on YouTube.
Lucy Davis: Rubens's Great Landscapes
Our Curator of British and Flemish Paintings, Lucy Davis, explores the ways in which Rubens developed the tradition of landscape painting and how oil sketches were an important part of his creative process.
To accompany this month's Meet the Expert content, we also explore another masterpiece of Flemish painting, An Allegory of True Love, by Pieter Pourbus.
Explore more in our In Focus: An Allegory of True Love article, or discover our whole range of Flemish paintings in our Flemish Painting Trail.
Learn more about Rubens's great landscapes with our free online talk, Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes, available now on YouTube.
Ada de Wit: Sir Richard Wallace’s Cabinet of Treasures
Our Curator of Works of Art and Sculpture, Ada de Wit, looks at the concept of the Kunstkammer or cabinet of curiosities and how this Renaissance tradition of collecting exceptional treasures from around the world was interpreted in the late nineteenth century by collectors such as Sir Richard Wallace.
Learn more about the Kunstkammer with our free online talk, Collecting Treasures: Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden and the Wallace Collection, available now on YouTube.
Félix Zorzo: The Ground Colours of Sèvres Porcelain
Curatorial Assistant Félix Zorzo delves into the wide range of ground colours used by the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory in eighteenth-century Paris. From deep blue to bright pink, the intensity and variety of colours with which Sèvres artisans covered their creations set them apart from competitors, and helped establish a particularly French style.
Tune into Félix Zorzo's free online talk, The Ground Colours of Sèvres Porcelain, now live on YouTube.
To continue learning about Sèvres porcelain, take a look at our online course, Modern and Contemporary Sèvres: Innovation Through Tradition
Suzanne Higgott: Venetian Glass in the Wallace Collection
Our Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenware and Early Furniture, Suzanne Higgott, explores the Venetian Glass of the Wallace Collection and the history of its popularity with nineteenth-century collectors in two exciting entries into the series.
Tune into Suzanne Higgotts's free online talk, The Magic of Venetian Glass, now live on YouTube.
Natalia Muñoz-Rojas: Philip IV’s Court
Our Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Assistant, Natalia Muñoz-Rojas, explores the Wallace Collection's masterpieces attributed to Velázquez and his school, the history behind the Habsburgs and the Spanish Empire, and the splendid artworks of the Court of Philip IV.
Tune into Natalia Muñoz-Rojas's free online talk, Velázquez or Mazo? Philip IV Court Painters, now live on YouTube.
Helen Jacobsen: Riesener in the Nineteenth Century
Our Curator of French Eighteenth-Century Decorative Arts, Dr Helen Jacobsen, explores Riesener's masterworks currently housed at the Wallace Collection, as well as the appetite for Riesener's craftsmanship in the nineteenth-century Collector's market.
Tune into Dr Helen Jacobsen's free online talk, Copies, Fakes and Reproductions: A closer look at works in the Wallace Collection, now live on YouTube.
Tobias Capwell: Armour as Renaissance Art
Curator of Arms and Armour, Dr Tobias Capwell, explores the materials and techniques found in the breath-taking European Armouries as well as taking us on a tour of some of the greatest armours on display in the Collection in his digital trail, Armour as Renaissance Art.