Flemish Architecture Margaret Campbell
Margaret Campbell is leading Cox & Kings’ Bruges & Ghent: Flemish Art & Architecture Royal Academy art tour later this year. Margaret was a lecturer in the history of design at Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in western European design and architecture. She has also accompanied cultural tours and cruises throughout northern Europe as far as the Baltic states for more than 20 years.
How and why did you become interested in Flemish art & architecture?
Since student days, I have had a long-standing love affair with early-Netherlandish art … Jan van Eyck et al. So since the opportunity first arose to lead a study tour in 1989, my interest and 'affection' has only increased.
What do you enjoy most about leading a specialist tour such as this?
While I enjoy speaking to large groups, as on cruise ships, I prefer the immediate 'hands-on' talks of small special interest groups because I can elaborate on specific aspects and explore restricted areas not possible on a more general itinerary.
What do you most enjoy about visiting Flanders?
The contrast between the art and architecture of 15th-century Flanders and early 20th-century Belgium has always intrigued, although this tour concentrates on the earlier period.
What visit on the tour are you most looking forward to (and why)?
Revisiting 'old friends' is always a pleasure, as there are many more aspects to discover. However, as the Kasteel van Laarne will be a new location, it will be interesting to see a castle in its original rural setting.
If you could only recommend one book to read before departure, what would it be?
Flemish Cities Explored by Derek Blyth, Bodley Head.
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