About Andrew

Born in London, Andrew graduated from the Courtauld Institute, before working at the Temple Gallery (specialists in Byzantine, Russian and Greek icons) where he developed a passion for Russian art. For several years, he was a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, focusing on the collections of silver, metalwork and jewellery, and the British Galleries. He subsequently joined Christie’s Education where he was a Programme Director for fourteen years. Throughout this time he has been writing, teaching and leading tours to cultural sites all over Europe, as well as to Armenia, Georgia and Turkey.


Andrew is an avid pianist. Following a shaky introduction to the world of live music (Gary Glitter at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, 1973), he had the good fortune to hear Alfred Brendel playing Bach which inspired him to change track. He was, and still is, inspired by the Baroque tradition of improvising fugues on themes generated by throwing dice but, alas, he does not belong to it.

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Andrew Spira, After 'Sir Brooke Boothby' (1781) by Joseph Wright of Derby (Tate)