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The Course Register 1991

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Caroline Abdulrazak, Rose Aylmer, Tamsin Borlase, Jocelyn Briggs, Helen Burke, Richard Cormack, Jane Crosland, James Davenport, Alexandra de Lisle, Therese Degermark, Justin French-Brooks, Sebastian Gibson, Bridget Gilson, Rachel Goodwin, Sarah Gretton, Alexandra Hartley, Natalie Harvey, Alexander Heald, Carolyn Hill, Catherine Holland, Thomas Humphreys, Sasha Hurt, Zoe Irvine, Katie Jordan, Georgina Kelly, Mark Kendall, Sophie Lane-Fox, Venetia Lang, Antony Langford, Sophie Lindsay, Claudia Lipitch, Caroline McIntyre, Stephen Matthews, Charles Poole-Warren, Louisa Preston, Lucy Rix, Anna Shepley, Laura Simmons, Alexandra Simpson, Melanie Smith, Erika Sommer, Sophie Stock, Claire Sumner, Charles Valdes-Scott, Amanda Vaux, Anna Webster.


Record of Past Programme

The Pre-University Interim Course

January 21 – March 21
Director: John Hall

Venice. Pensione Atlantico
Florence. Hotel Maxim
Rome. Pensione Lydia Venier

Lectures: The Dante Alighieri Society (Arsenale)

Lecturers and Syllabus

John Cobb M.A., FRC Psych., MRCP Consultant Psychiatrist, Priory Hospital
Art and meaning
Does art have meaning? Inner and outer world; perception – can I believe what I see? Imagery and symbolism; the face beneath the mask.

Sonia Coode-Adams Collector of contemporary art and director of her own company, which sells contemporary paintings to city corporations and others
Collecting contemporary art

Malcolm Crowthers M.Mus. (Lon.), freelance photographer and journalist, formerly music critic, Daily Telegraph. Specialises in photographing musicians for record sleeves and buildings. Illustrated books on Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Yehudi Menuhin. Several exhibitions of his work have been held in London
Practical photography classes

Mike Davies Partner in Richard Rogers, architects responsible for the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Lloyds Building, London
Architecture today

David Ekserdjian M.A. Cambridge Ph.D. Courtauld Institute, former lecturer Courtauld Institute, currently Corpus Christi College, Oxford teaching in Department of History of Art, Oxford University. Writer for The Spectator, The Independent, author of catalogue of Old Master Paintings, Thyssen-Bormanizzo collection
Collections, sales and the circulation of Old Masters
Charles 1 of England’s collection
Venetian painting
Giotto in Padua; Mantegna and Bellini; Giorgione and painting around 1500; Titian; Tintoretto and Veronese.

Jane Glover M.A., D.Phil. Director, London Mozart Players, Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Oxford, well-known conductor and broadcaster
The prodigy; declaration of independence; the final curtain.

Sir John Hale D.Litt., FBA. Until recently Professor of Italian History, University College, London, formerly chairman of trustees of the National Gallery, trustee, British Museum, author of books on Florence and the Medici, The Military Organization of a Renaissance State: Venice, editor Concise Encyclopaedia of the Renaissance
The Renaissance in Northern Europe and Italy
Humanism in Italy
Petrarch; Machiavelli; Castiglione; the Medici; Renaissance Popes.

Charles Hope M.A., D.Phil. Lecturer in Renaissance Studies, Warburg Institute, London University, formerly Slade Professor of Fine Art, Oxford University. An organiser of the ‘Genius of Venice’ exhibition at the Royal Academy, author of Titian and other publications
Vasari, art history, Florence and Venice
The altarpiece; religious narratives; history, ancient and modern; mythology and allegory; Veronese and secular decoration in Venice.

Deborah Howard M.A. Cambridge, Ph.D. Courtauld Institute, FSA, Lecturer in Department of Architecture, Edinburgh University, member of Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, author of Jacopo Sansovino: architecture and patronage in Venice and The Architectural History of Venice
Venetian Architecture
The Venetian townscape; Medieval building types; the old and the antique in early Renaissance Venice; improving the public image; Piazza San Marco; the plague and its architectural consequences.

Geoffrey Humphries Artist living in Venice, has exhibited throughout Europe
Life drawing classes

Peter Lauritzen M.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 1, 2
Restoration in Venice

Edward Lucie-Smith M.A., FRSL, poet, art critic, The Times, The Sunday Times, The London Evening Standard, author of many books including Movements in Art since 1945 and Lives of the Great 20th Century Artists, currently working on a History of Western Civilisation
The art market
Movements in modern art
Classical modern styles; the nature of abstract art; realism in the 20th century; pop art and pop culture; art today, the 70s and 80s.

Richard MacKenney Lecturer in History, Edinburgh University, author Tradesmen and traders: the world of the guilds in Venice and Europe 1250-1650 (1987)
Italy and Western Civilisation

Rodney Milnes M.A. Editor, Opera Magazine, music critic, The Spectator, well known broadcaster
Rossini; the musician and his mask; Bellini, Donizetti – the world of bel canto; Verdi, the Colossus; Wagner, the complete work of art – realism unleashed.

David Newbold M.A. (Oxon.), M.A. (Reading) Linguistics
The Italian Educational System

Paula Nuttall Ph.D. in Renaissance Painting, Courtauld Institute. Lectures at Universities of Cambridge and London, publishes in Burlington Magazine and other journals
The classical language of architecture
How to look at a painting

Peter Phillips well known broadcaster and conductor, Professor of Music, Royal School of Music, founder-director of the Tallis Scholars (Gramophone Record of the Year Award 1987), music critic, The Spectator
Music instruments, old and new
Medieval origins; Renaissance singing; voices and instruments in the time of Bach; performance and practice in classical times; the modern orchestra.

Terisio Pignatti Professor of Art History, University of Venice, formerly vice-director, the Civic museums of Venice
Venetian painting in the 18th century

Penny Sparke Senior tutor in History of Design at the Royal College of Art. Author of among other books, Italian Design 1870 to the Present, regular contributor to international design magazines and frequent broadcaster on the subject
Italian design

Annabel Thomas Ph.D. in Workshop Organization of 15th century Florentine artists, Courtauld Institute. Lectures for Department of Italian and Art History, Cambridge University, presently publishing a book on Renaissance sketch books and drawings
How to look at a painting

Christina Thoresby Diploma from Accademia di Belle Arti, Venezia, resident in Venice, publications on Lorenzo Lotto
Pisanello; Leonardo da Vinci

Nicholas True M.A. former Whitgift Research Student, Peterhouse, Cambridge in the field of Byzantine Studies, publications on Byzantium
Byzantine art
The origins of Byzantine style – Ravenna; the golden age of Byzantium; Byzantium in Venice; Torcello and San Marco.

Caroline Villers B.A. (Oxon.), M.A. Courtauld Institute, Diploma in Conservation, Courtauld Institute, lecturer in conservation of paintings, Courtauld Institute
Painting techniques
Egg tempera – the craft of panel painting; oil painting and individuality; Impressionist painting techniques; conservation and change.

Rosella Zorzi Professor in American Literature, University of Venice, Director, Società Dante Alighieri, Venice
Henry James and Venice


Florentine Sculpture and Painting, Castello di Vicchio Maggio


Nigel McGilchrist MA (Oxon.) has lived and worked as an Art Historian in Rome for over ten years. He has taught at Rome University and has been External Consultant to the Superintendence of Fine Arts of the Italian Government, during that period. He lectures for a consortium of American Universities, teaching the history of painting techniques and materials.
Visits to Forum, Vatican Museums, Pantheon, Gesù, Palazzo Farnese, S.Ivo all Sapienza

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