Stella Lyons

Location: Cardiff
About Stella Lyons...

Stella Grace Lyons studied History of Art at the University of Bristol and is now a freelance lecturer in the subject. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence and attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil studios. Stella is an Art Expert for Saga’s Art Appreciation holidays and travels around the UK lecturing in galleries, cathedrals and country houses. In addition, she lectures on a variety of art periods for the Cardiff-based adult education company Classical Education Forum, and for the newly renovated Penarth Pier Pavilion. Stella has also delivered talks for various arts societies, schools, WEA, and for the National Trust. She gained a 1st class from the University of Bristol for her dissertation about the effects of Darwinism on the art of William Burges in Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch. In October 2016 Stella began her History of Art MA degree with the University of Warwick, and is currently living in Venice studying Renaissance Art for three months. Stella is represented by London literary agent Andrew Lownie.

About Stella's talks...

Stella has an extensive list of 50 minute lectures she can give, many at short notice.

She can also create bespoke lectures or day schools.

All Stella’s lectures are delivered via powerpoint, using high-quality and detailed digital images. She requires a screen and projector but if you do not have these, please still get in touch. She is happy to travel anywhere in the UK and Europe.


Talks start at £300 with reasonable travel expenses.

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General Art History

1. Secrets and Symbols in Paintings: Unlocking hidden meanings in Art

2. Between the Sheets: The Bedroom in Art History

3. Painting Winter: Snow Scenes in Art

4.Extreme Personalities: Does knowledge of an artist’s life story affect how we perceive their work?

5. Do women have to be naked to get into museums? Women Artists and their place in Art History


6. Magic, Mystery and Myth in 19th Century Symbolist Art

7. Visionary Landscapes: A Poetic Consideration of Nature

8. Facing the World: How to Look at Portrait Painting

9. From rowdy drinkers to lonely hotel rooms: Everyday Life in Art


10. Cultivating the Land: Gardens, Flora and Agriculture in Art

British Art History

11. The Naked Truth about Victorians: The Nude in 19th Century Art


12. Charles Rennie Mackintosh – more than just a tea room!

12 Charles Rennie Mackintosh by Public Speaker Stella Lyons

13. The Glasgow Boys and their triumph over the Edinburgh ‘Glue-Pots’


14. The Eccentric Genius of William Burges

15. Victorians in Togas: The Classical Revival in 19th Century British Art


16. A horse meat scandal and out of touch politicians: Why Ford Madox Brown’s painting ‘Work’ is still as relevant as ever

17. The first modern British artists? The radical and scandalous Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood


18. Hogarth’s Harlots: Reading symbolism in The Harlot’s Progress

19. Science and Beauty: The enigmatic works of Joseph Wright of Derby


20. Visions of Wales: A celebration of Welsh artists and artists inspired by Wales

French Art History

21. Parisians at Leisure: The absinthe fuelled cafe culture of 19th Century Paris


22. Shock of the New: The scandalous and innovative works of Edouard Manet


23. Painting Prostitutes: Exploring the dark underbelly of 19th Century Paris

Italian Art History

24. The four walls that changed everything: Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel


25. Divine Inspiration: The Poignant Works of Fra Angelico

26. Delicate Beauty: The work of Renaissance masters Filippo Lippi and Sandro Botticelli


27. 19th Century Views of Venice: Turner, Monet, and Whistler’s responses to the floating city

Scandinavian Art History

28. Romantic Visions of Norway: Dahl, Munch and Astrup

German, Dutch and Belgian Art History

29. Caspar David Friedrich: The lonely contemplation of Nature



30. Pleasure and Sin: The fantastical works of Hieronymus Bosch


31. The Mother of All Artists: The Artistic Innovations of Antwerp

American Art History

32.  ‘All the Lonely People’: The work of American Realist Edward Hopper


33. The Magic Realism of Andrew Wyeth



34. The man with the pitchfork: Iconic paintings from early 19th Century America

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