Tim Marlow ©

John Shand Kydd

Tim Marlow, Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts, talks about the turbulent history of the institution, which will celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2018, paying special attention to the members of the Academy, Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough, whose portraits were on display in the Tretyakov Gallery. Marlow shares his views on the development of fine arts in general and the Royal Academy of Arts in particular.

The lecture took place on 23 June 2016 at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as part of the lecture programme "400 years of British history in portraits".


Tim Marlow is an award-winning radio and television broadcaster who has presented over 100 documentaries on British television. He was the founder editor of Tate magazine and is the author of numerous books and catalogues. He has lectured, chaired and participated in panel discussions on art and culture in more than forty countries.