A history of pictures from the cave to the computer screen

Date and time

Monday 23 January, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Martin Gayford


Admission free

Art critic Martin Gayford discusses his new book, written with David Hockney, which explores how and why pictures have been made across the millennia.

Gayford will explore some of the perennial challenges facing those concerned with creating paintings, photographs or films: how to compress three-dimensional people, things and places onto a flat surface? And what makes marks on a flat surface interesting? These questions are part of the history of picture-making.

Martin Gayford is art critic for The Spectator and the author of acclaimed books on Van Gogh, Constable, and Michelangelo. He previously collaborated with Hockney on 'A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney'.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Image above: Detail from Workshop of Quinten Massys, Saint Luke painting the Virgin and Child, about 1520?