Broadcaster and heritage campaigner Loyd Grossman explores the career of the 17th-century artist and sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and the political context and papal patronages that defined his career. An Elephant in Rome offers a fascinating account of this period in Rome’s history. Loyd’s unique voice and signature style offers a fascinating and deeper account of the Eternal City and how it came to be.
After starting a career in journalism with Harpers & Queen and the Sunday Times, Dr Grossman was diverted into television where as a writer, presenter or deviser he was involved in a wide range of programmes including ‘Through the Keyhole’, ‘MasterChef’, ‘Behind the Headlines’, ‘History of British Sculpture’, ‘Loyd on Location’ and ‘Build Britain’.
His lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage has involved him in a number of organisations. He is a former Commissioner of the Museums and Galleries Commission; a former Commissioner of English Heritage; a former Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England; a founding member of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council; past Chairman of National Museums Liverpool and of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, and past President of the British Association of Friends of Museums. Loyd Grossman is also Patron of the Association for Heritage Interpretation and Patron of Heritage Open Days. In 2007 Dr Grossman was appointed Chairman of The Churches Conservation Trust, and in 2009 he was appointed Chairman of the Heritage Alliance which represents more than 95 non-governmental and voluntary organisations working in the heritage sector.