Writer and lecturer on culture and the arts with a focus on the Italian Renaissance. He studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University followed by postgraduate studies at the Courtauld. He has held fellowships at the Dutch Institute in Florence and the British School in Rome. He blogs regularly for Huffington Post and has published articles and reviews in The New Statesman and Courtauld Reviews. He is currently working on a book looking at the development of the concept of autonomous style in the visual arts.