As an authority on Christian art and a former diocesan Bishop, Christopher Herbert has developed a range of talks and lectures which have been enthusiastically received by local, national and international audiences.

He has been a guest lecturer at the National Gallery, the Courtauld Institute, King’s College, London, the University of Leicester, Westminster Abbey and at NADFAS groups in the UK and mainland Europe and has also lectured for Swan Hellenic on their Rhone cruises.

The lectures are typically of sixty minutes in length, and all are copiously illustrated with PowerPoint screens, featuring up to eighty images.

The range of lectures makes them suitable for a wide variety of events and settings. They can be presented as a stand-alone event or Study Days for NADFAS groups. And for churches they can be used as part of a fund-raising or teaching event, or as a comprehensive series during a season such as Advent or Lent.

The lectures have been very succesfully delivered to individual churches, deanery groups, Diocesan Synods,study days, art and theological society events and at major national and international conferences.

The host venue is normally asked to provide a digital projector and screen.

A CV to support the lecture appearance can be downloaded here.

 See also the biography page for more background detail on Christopher Herbert.

An illustrated brochure of lectures is available for download as a PDF here

The following lectures and study days are offered.


A Medieval Masterpiece: the Hotel-Dieu at Beaune.(D)

Ante-rooms of Heaven? Art in medieval hospitals. (D)

Back to the future: Art, Architecture and the Church in Victorian England.(D)

Banks, Burgundy and Piracy: the Fifteenth Century Artists of Bruges. (D)

Baroque around the Clock: What is baroque art? (D) NEW

Blood, Roses and Elephants: the art and history of St Albans Abbey. (D)

Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) of Austria: a singular and lonely beauty. (D) NEW

Getting in to Good Habits: the art and influence of the abbey of Cluny. (D)

Glittering Prizes: Part I: the Mosaics of Ravenna. (D)

Glittering Prizes: Part II: the Mosaics of Ravenna. (D)

Holy Poverty and Artistic Magnificence: the art of Assisi. (D)

Mary Magdalene: a woman much maligned? (D)

Most Excellent Tree: the changing image of the Cross through the centuries. (D)

Moving Pictures: the Isenheim Altarpiece. (D)

Noli Me Tangere: The Resurrection in Art. (D)

Sunflowers et Lumière: The life and paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. (D)

Surpassing reality: the paintings of Jan van Eyck. (D)

The Journey of the Magi: 1700 years of the Three Kings. (D)

Turbulence and stillness: the paintings of Rogier van der Weyden. (D)

Urbino: the one-eyed Duke’s Renaissance. (D)

Unfolding Images: complex altarpieces in an age of transition. (D)

Theophanu: Empress of the West. (D)

Mary of Burgundy: an Empress… Almost. (D)

Raoul Dufy: ‘Cradled by music and the sea’. (D)

The Promenade des Anglais: The artists of Nice.   NEW

Theatre of pearls and light: the art of Johannes Vermeer. NEW


Study Days

The Fifteenth Century Artists of Bruges. (D)

Three Italian Cities: the art of Ravenna, Assisi and Urbino. (D)

The Mosaics of Ravenna. (D)

Art in Medieval hospitals.(D)

Three enchanting empresses. Theophanu, Mary of Burgundy and Elisabeth of Austria.  (D)

The Promenade Des Anglais: the artists of Nice. (D)

(D)= Digital presentation only.

Please email to discuss fees and booking.

An illustrated synopsis of the lectures and study days can be downloaded here in PDF format.