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Notable alumni of The Courtauld
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Well, Michael Hirst went on to be the new great Michelangelo scholar. John Shearman, who ended up in Princeton, became the great Raphael scholar, and not only Raphael or Michelangelo, but all the whole circle around those great figures. There are several who might aspire to have taken on Titian. Juliet Wilson-Bareau is the person to go with Goya. Wendy Baron is the Sickert expert without rival and so on. So many of them have turned out to be the great expert.

And I think that is… that, in a way, is another measure of The Courtauld’s greatness, that it produced so many people who have lasted for half a century as the expert.

Born in England, Brian Sewell (1931-2015) was considered to be one of Britain’s most prominent and outspoken art critics. He was educated at the Courtauld Institute of Art and subsequently became an art critic for the London Evening Standard; he received numerous awards for his work in journalism. Sewell also presented several television documentaries, including an arts travelogue called The Naked Pilgrim in 2003. He talked candidly about the prejudice he endured because of his sexuality.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: The Courtauld Institute of Art, Princeton University, Michael Hirst, John Shearman, Michelangelo, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, John Kinder Gowran Shearman, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, Raphael, Tiziano Vecelli, Tiziano Vecellio, Titian, Juliet Wilson-Bareau, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Wendy Baron, Walter Richard Sickert

Duration: 1 minute, 13 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2013

Date story went live: 04 July 2013