Rachel Barnes, MPhil
Rachel Barnes is a freelance Art Historian, Writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster. She has an M.Phil in nineteenth century art history from the Barber Institute, University of Birmingham and several years’ experience teaching art history courses to young and mature students. She lectures regularly at the National Gallery, Tate, and the Royal Academy of Arts, where she also writes education guides for the major shows. She is a Consultant lecturer for Sotheby’s Institute, teaching on the Art and Business and Foundation course. She is also Professor of Art History in London for Pepperdine University and James Madison University. She has had 16 art books published, including The Pre-Raphaelites and their World, published by Tate (1999). Her most recent books include Gustav Klimt (Quercus 2008), which has become a best seller and Salvador Dali (Quercus 2010). She worked as art critic for the Guardian for several years during which time she interviewed many major artists including; David Hockney, Richard Long, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman, Peter Blake, Lou Reed, and R.B. Kitaj. She continues to contribute as art critic on radio and television, in particular to the BBC 4 News as art correspondent.