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The Course Register 1987

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Sophie Alun-Jones, Michael Alexander, Roxanne Bakhtair, James Basden, Alice Bevington, Mary Bell, Katharine Boam, Clare Boissier, Rosalind Bonning, Sarah Botts, Victoria Bryars, Louisa Carter, Caroline Chattwell, Clare Crawford, Sophie Deane, James Denman, Miranda Dewar, Joanna Dipple, Christopher Eykyn, Vanessa Fenton, Miranda Fox-Pitt, Katherin Franklin-Adams, Marc de Gentile-Williams, Miles Gibson, Michael Gitlitz, Aubrey Greene, Sarah Green, James Gurney, Jane Hawley, Serisa Hearn, Paula Hives, Henrietta Horner, Jane Hughes, Christopher Humphreys, Alexander James, Rebecca Korn, Edward Laing, Charles Lambert, Francesca Lepper, Tessa Lloyd, Mary MacDonnell, Katrina MacLeod, Whitney McVeigh, Roseanne Marindin, Alastair Malcolm, Harriet Marsh, Maria Martin, Robert Matthews, Shauna Minoprio, Lucy Minto, Catherine Moore, William Mullins, Sarah Jane Newman, Abigail Newsome, Anna Norman, Emma Peters, John Rogers, Emma Smith, Luke Smith, John Stainton, Jackey Stern, Caroline Stokes, Melissa Storey, Louisa Stuart, Euan Tait, Miranda Tulloch (Deceased), Natasha Walduck, Sarah Walker, Catriona Weekes, Selina Weld Forester, Emma West, Camilla Worthington.


Record of Past Programme

The Pre-University Interim Course

January 25 – March 24
Director: John Hall

Venice. Pensione Atlantico

Lectures: The Dante Alighieri Society (Arsenale)

Lecturers and Syllabus

David Ekserdjian M.A. Christie’s Junior Research Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford
The Venetian response to the Renaissance
Giotto in Padua; Gothic painting in Venice; Mantegna; Giovanni Bellini; Cima da Conegliano; Carpaccio; Giorgione; Titian; Tintoretto.

Jane Glover Artistic Director, London Mozart Players
The child prodigy; the mature genius.

Godfrey Goodwin R.A.D.A. Director Royal Asiatic Society, Deputy Editor, Macmillan’s Dictionary of Art
Art and Architecture in Non-European Civilizations
Structure 1: pyramid, bridge, arch, dome and tower; structure 2: tent, walls, fortresses and tombs; space in non-European art; symbol and mysticism 1, 2.

Sir John Hale Professor of Italian History, University College, London
Petrarch; Machiavelli; Castiglione; the Medici

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

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


Deborah Howard Ph.D. Lecturer, Edinburgh University, 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.

Geoffrey Humphries Artist
Life Drawing classes

John Francis Lane Critic and television filmmaker
The Italian cinema tradition
Showings of films; Visconti – Senso; Fellini – La Dolce Vita; Antonioni – The Passenger; the Taviani Brothers – Padre, Padrone; Olmi – L’Albero degli Zoccoli.

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
Restoration in Venice 1965-1971; the Venetian Palace; Byron in Venice; Palladio

James Macdonald B.A.
Commedia dell’ Arte
Drama classes

Rodney Milnes Associate Editor, Opera Magazine, music critic, The Spectator
Opera; Exotic and Irrational or the Summit of Dramatic Art?
Dramma per musica: opera in its purest form – Monteverdi and Cavalli; 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.

Peter Phillips Professor, Royal College of Music, Director, the Tallis Scholars, music critic, The Spectator
Sacred music from plainsong to the present day
The plainsong heritage; the New Art 1250-1400; an International style – the Netherlands abroad; the Great Florid tradition in England 1350-1500; functional Music – the Protestant Reformation; the Catholic response in Venice; operatic church music – Bach to Haydn; church music in an age of Agnosticism.
The History of the Orchestra
Modern instruments and their early progenitors; the birth of the classical symphony orchestra: Haydn and Mozart; the growth of the orchestra in Romantic music; Beethoven to Mahler; the fragmentation of the orchestra in 20th century music: Strauss, Debussy and Stravinski.

Terisio Pignatti Professor of Art History, University of Venice
Veronese; Canaletto and Guardi; Tiepolo

Timothy Prus B.A.
Art and style in Italy in the 20th century
The origins of the 20th century style; art in Italy 1890 -1945; Italian architecture and design 1890-1945; Italian architecture and design 1945-1986; the classical tradition in 20th century Italy.

Sarah Quill Professional photographer specialising in cinema stills photography, opera and Venice
Instruction on practical photography, combined with illustrated lecture: a brief history of photography and early photographers; film stock and learning how to make the most of your camera; portrait, press and architectural photography; the importance of selection and composition; the power of the camera in recording events and in transforming reality into illusion.

Janet Southom M.Phil Courtauld Institute
The Renaissance and Mannerism in Florence
The rebirth of classical values; patrons, artists and taste in 15th century Florence; the religious life and art in 15th century Florence; High Renaissance painting and architecture in Florence; Mannerist painting in Florence.
An introduction to art in Rome
Classical Rome; early Christian Rome; High Renaissance – the return to the antique; Baroque Rome – Bernini and Borromini.


Christina Thoresby
Pisanello; Lotto; Leonardo da Vinci

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

Caroline Villers M.A. Courtauld Institute
Painting technique
Egg tempera painting – Italian trecento and quattrocento techniques; oil painting – 15th century Netherlandish techniques; the Medieval and Renaissance palette; Venetian painting and techniques; Impressionist painting and techniques.

Rosella Zorzi Lecturer, University of Venice
Ezra Pound’s Venice

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