Dr Lydia Goodson Art Historian & Lecturer

Lydia is an art historian specialising in the art and material culture of the Italian Renaissance.

Her research interests extend beyond painting to include the production and trade of the decorative arts such as textiles, tableware and home furnishings as well as the lived experience in the Italian Renaissance town. Lydia is passionate about the benefits of life-long learning and hugely enjoys writing and delivering art history lectures and courses for audiences of all ages.

Lydia holds an MA in Art History from the University of Sussex and a BA in Renaissance History from the University of Warwick and has completed her PhD at The Warburg Institute in London.

An experienced lecturer and presenter

Key to the success of Lydia's courses are the accessibility of the material for a mixed ability audience and she likes to ensure that her lectures are both enjoyable and informative by including social context and items of human interest as well as maintaining a consistently high level of teaching.

Dr Lydia Goodson Lecturer


Lydia is an experienced lecturer and presenter on all aspects of the Italian Renaissance.

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Lydia’s research centres on the Renaissance in the Umbrian region of Italy.

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Lydia holds a BA in Renaissance History from the University of Warwick and an MA in Art History from the…

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  • I just wanted to thank you for a sparkling presentation at our research seminar last week. It was of professional standard – in fact the presentation and quality of sophisticated analysis was far better than we’ve seen at many academic conferences.

    Your presentation was firmly focussed from the beginning, with clear evidence of breadth of knowledge (both in the paper, and in the Q&A afterwards).

    Overall, your argument was compelling and original, and your presentational style stimulating, gently humorous and accessible, with excellent use of illustrative visual material.

    Dr Sue Onslow FRHisS