Talking Design with Stephen Crafti

ASA Tour Leader Stephen Crafti produces and hosts ‘Talking Design’, a popular fortnightly podcast from RMIT, featuring interviews with experts …


Northern Gems of the Baltic

Three magnificent northern gems were suddenly unveiled to an unsuspecting western world in 1991 after a half-century’s occlusion behind the …

El Greco - View and Plan of Toledo  c. 1610

El Greco: Man of Two Worlds - and Beyond

Here’s a Trivial Pursuits question: Can you name an artist and sculptor known universally by an ethnic nickname? The answer …

Udaipur, India. Within the fortress capital, whose walls encompass 280 hectares, are the ruins of several palaces, many temples, ceremonial pools fed by springs that emerge from the bedrock, and a victory monument visible from several kilometres away, that the Mewar raja built to commemorate his victory over the Sultan of Malwa in 1440.

New Year in India

Join Professor Bernard Hoffert as he leads these tours to India.

A cherub snatches an apple from a serpent, Gent: Sint-Baafskerk

Theatres of Preaching

Belgium churches and cathedrals house a the wealth of Baroque sculpture in their buildings.


Moscow's Red Heart: The Kremlin

Ivan the Great’s legacy of autocratic secrecy still defines modern Russia.

Feature Night-at-the-Kremlin

The Red Heart of Russia

The Moscow Kremlin, and adjoining Red Square, is an image that stalks our imagination and fixes our view of Russia. …

Fatehpur Sikri, India. Credit: Shakti via wikimedia commons

Mughals, Rajputs & Villages: An Introduction

This tour explores three princely capitals in the heartland of the Mughal Empire, Dehli, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri, and a …


The Holy Grail - Chalice, Bowl or Person

The Holy Grail is, arguably, the most celebrated piece of tableware from the last two thousand years. So much so that there are 200 goblets throughout Europe which claim the honour. Over the centuries, it has inspired great art and literature.

Peterhof, St Petersburg - Christopher Wood. Peterhof had been the summer residence of Peter the Great but was greatly expanded by Rastrelli, the Italian architect of the Hermitage and Pushkin.

Russia: An Historical Overview

Orlando Figes, in his book Natasha’s Dance, A Cultural History of Russia charts the search by 19th century artists for …