Chris Dobson has lectured on European arms and armour and Italian art and history for over 30 years. He has been a regular lecturer at the Wallace Collection, and also given many presentations at other venues, including the Tower of London and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. When speaking about European arms and armour and the Medieval and Renaissance arms industry he speaks with the authority of a Master Armourer, and for his lectures on Italian art, Chris brings the experience of an artist with an intimate working knowledge of how the painters and sculptors of the Middle Ages and Renaissance created their masterpieces. With cast bronze, for example, he can explain the creative process from the clay model to the finished, patinated and gilded sculpture, because he’s done it himself. He has experience of working in many materials, including paints and lacquers; textiles; organic materials like horn and antler; leather; iron, steel, brass, and bronze; and gold and silver. Over the years he has also collaborated with other artists of the highest ability, just like the artists in the Florentine Renaissance.
Chris is available to give lectures and gallery talks at the venue of your choice. He can speak on many aspects of the art and history of Italy, and particularly Florence and Milan, but his specialities are:Arms and Armour and Military History:
If you are interested in booking Chris Dobson as a speaker, either at conferences or private events, please get in touch via the Contact page.