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The Course Register 1984

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Kate Ashton, Robert Barham, Caroline Bates, Charlotte Bogard, Charles Bracken, Emma Brooke, Katie Buchanan, Sophie Buchanan, Siobhan Bullick, Edward Buscall, Robert Buxton, Terence Buxton, Freddie Campbell, Lisa Cave, Joanna Chadwick, Hilary Chaplin, Simon Chapman, Lucy Collins, Toby Constantine, Sara Cronin, Christina Currie, Suzanne Davenhill, Michael Davidson, Mary-Anne Denison-Pender, Mary Emma Dewar, Henrietta Don, Ben Elwes, Susannah Farr, Fiona FitzGerald, Sarah Fitzherbert, Catherine Gabriel, Charles Garthwaite, Susie Gear, Amanda Godber, Lucy Granger, Stephen Graydon, Caroline Harrison, Timothy Harvey-Samuel, Henrietta Heneage, Alison Holroyd, Caroline Howorth, Katie Hunter, Rosemary Hurst, Miranda Jacques, Arabella Janson, Bruce Jenkyn-Jones, Mary Juckes, Reyahn King, Mitra Kooros, Vanessa Kverndal, James Lawrence, Frances Leeper, Ka-Ming Lim, Ursula McCarthy, Angus McCullough, Anna Maynard, Daniel Moody, Candida Morley, Amanda Newbury, Hilary Partridge, Annabel Patterson, Charles Perkins, Heather Preston, Jessica Pulay, Richard Reed, Damien Riley-Smith, Emily Rowley, Victoria Sabin, Ted Savill, Meirion Slot, Richard Spark, Arabella Steel, Christopher Stephens, Nicola Tinto, Tessa Trevelyan, Catherine Trustram Eve, Emma Van Den Bergh, Justina Wall, Annabel Wentworth, Victoria Worsley, Elizabeth Worsley, Lucinda Wright.


Record of Past Programme
The 20th Pre-University Course in Venice

January 30 – March 28
Director: John Hall

Venice. Pensione Atlantico
Florence. Pensione Medici
Rome. Hotel Capitale

Lectures: The Dante Alighieri Society (Arsenale)

Lecturers and Syllabus

The Right Reverend Dr. Felix Arnott former Archbishop of Brisbane, a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Committee, Chaplain of the English Church in Venice
Canterbury and Rome – can they come together?
English writers in Venice

David Ekserdjian M.A. Christie’s Junior Research Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford
The Venetian response to the Renaissance
Giotto in Padua; International Gothic and Venice; Mantegna; Giovanni Bellini; Cima and Carpaccio – two alternatives to Bellini.

Jane Glover Lecturer in Music, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, Chorus Director, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Musical Director, Glyndebourne Touring Opera
Seventeenth Century Opera
Courtly experimentation in Italy; Venetian achievement; French chauvinism; English isolation; the period of change

Robin Griffith-Jones M.A.
“What is truth?” said jesting Pilate
The Bounds of Chaos; Beauty as Truth; the Word made Flesh; ‘Dwarfs on the Shoulders of Giants’; ‘Cogito Ergo Sum’; ‘Intimations of Immortality’; Of Natural Law; ‘Time, like a vast shadow moved…’

John Hale F.B.A. Historian, Professor of Italian, University College, London
Petrarch and Humanism; Machiavelli and Politics; Castiglione and Behaviour
Florence – historical introduction
Rome – historical introduction

David Hemsoll M.A.
Antiquity and Nature in the Fifteenth Century
Masaccio: Nature and the Antique; Perspective and Nature; Brunelleschi and the Antique; Antiquities in the 15th century

Doctor Bernard Hickey M.A. Professor of Commonwealth Literature, University of Venice

Charles Hope Lecturer in Renaissance Studies, Warburg Institute, University of London
Giorgione and his Followers
The historical background; the young Titian; Giorgione and Guilio Campagnola; Sebastiano and other ‘Giorgioneschi’.
Introduction to Iconography
Decorum; religious imagery; allegory and myth; programmes and their compilers.

Deborah Howard Ph.D. Author of The Architectural History of Venice
Venetian Architecture
Urbanistica; the Gothic heritage; the Scuole; Piazza S. Marco; the plague and its effect on the landscape.

Ronnie Katzenstein M.A. Harvard
From Byzantine to Gothic
Byzantine art in Venice: the Pala D’Oro and objects in the Treasury of San Marco; pictorial art and the art trade in early trecento Venice.

Peter Lauritzen B.A. Author of Palaces of Venice, Venice: 1,000 years of Culture and Civilization, The Islands and Lagoons of Venice, UNESCO report: Venice Restored
Venetian History – an introduction.
Byron in Venice; the Venetian Palace; Restoration in Venice 1965-1971

James Macdonald B.A. Diploma Student, Lecoq and Gaulier Schools of Drama, Paris
Commedia dell’ Arte
There will also be a series of practical sessions in theatrical method

Rodney Milnes Associate Editor, Opera Magazine
Opera; Exotic and Irrational or the Summit of Dramatic Art?
Sensibility and Sense: opera seria and Gluck’s reforms; Comedy and Revolution: the world of Mozart; the Age of bel canto: Bellini and Donizetti; Comedy and Anarchy; Rossini and the rise of operetta; Verdi and the Risorgimento; Verdi and the triumph of dramatic truth; outside influence from East and West: Russian and French opera; Realism unleashed: Puccini and his contemporaries; Wagner and ‘the complete work of art’; Wagner – the reluctant humanist; the elements of performance; pressures and practicalities.

John Julius Norwich
The Normans in the Mediterranean; the Eastern and Western Roman Empire and Venice

Nicholas Penny Ph.D. Senior Research Fellow, King’s College, Cambridge
Ideals and Temptations for Post Renaissance Artists
The Antique; Raphael; Titian; ‘Nature’; more and less heroic narrative painting.
High Renaissance and Baroque Rome
Raphael and the Stanze of the Vatican; Caravaggio and the 17th century Classicism; ceiling painting from Raphael to Padre Pozzo; chapels and small churches; antique sculpture collections and the early groups of Bernini; tombs and shrines by Bernini, his rivals and followers; new facades, palaces, fountains, obelisks and streets.

Peter Phillips Professor, Royal College of Music, Director The Tallis Scholars
Venice as a stylistic centre for sacred music: 1550 – 1750
The origins of coro spezzato: Willaert; the two Gabrieli; Monteverdi’s sacred music; sacred music in Venice in the High Baroque; Vivaldi; Venetian influence in Italy: Palestrina and Lassus; Venetian influence in Germany: Schutz.

Professor Dott. Terisio Pignatti Professor of the History of Art, Venice University
Tintoretto and Veronese; Canaletto and the Guardi

William Pinarello
Economic aspects of life in Venice today

Sarah Quill Photographer
There will be a practical photographic project resulting in the showing of a programme of slides with linked music and titles.

Stella Rudolph B.A., Laurea, Lecturer in Art History, Syracuse University Florence Program
Palladio in the Veneto; Piranesi; Canova

Christina Thoresby
Pisanello; Lotto

Nicholas True B.A.
Byzantine Art: an introduction; Ravenna; Byzantium and Venice

Catherine Whistler M.A. Dublin University

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