Art, Architecture & History

PIERS BAKER-BATES  is a Research Associate in Art History at the Open University, UK. He is co-editor of The Spanish Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italy (2015) and the author of ‘Sebastiano del Piombo and the World of Spanish Rome’

ALEX BAMJI  a cultural historian of early modern Venice and Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Leeds. Her research explores community and identity in the city of Venice, especially how they were shaped by religious practices and experiences of disease. She is currently writing a book entitled ‘Death in early modern Venice’, and is co-editor of The Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation.

LOUISA BUCK  MA Cambridge, MA Courtauld Institute, Journalist, broadcaster and art critic, reviewer for Radio 4’s “Front Row”.  Author of “Moving Targets : A Users’ Guide to British Art Now” – published by Tate Gallery Publications and “Owning Art: the Contemporary Art Collectors Handbook”  Turner Prize Judge 2005. Contemporary Art Correspondent for The Art Newspaper and a regular contributor to Artforum, Vogue and The Guardian.

BRUNA CARUSO  Graduated in History of Art and Venice, works for the Superintendency of Art, teaches for the Hofstra University and Smithsonian Study Tours.  She has written for various publications on Venetian Art and Architecture.

GIUSEPPE CHERUBINI Biologist, he collaborated for ten years with the Italian National Institute for Wildlife, carrying out research on the migration of waterbirds and wetlands management. Since 1999 he has been working for the hunting and fishing department of the Province of Venice. From 2004 to 2009 he was a member of the Regional Commission for the safeguard of Venice and its Lagoon.

JANE DA MOSTO MA (Oxon.), MSc Imperial College London. Co-author of ‘The Science of Saving Venice’.

JILL DUNKERTON  MA, Restorer in the Conservation Dept., National Gallery, London. Author of numerous publications on restoration and the history of painting techniques.

HUGH EDMEADES  joined Christie’s in 1978 as a specialist in the Furniture Department. Became Director in 1984 and he is now Christie’s International Director of Auctioneering.

DAVID EKSERDJIAN  Professor of Art History and Head of Department at the University of Leicester.

NICHOLAS HALL MA (Oxon) Art dealer and critic based in New York. former International Head of Old Master Pictures at Christie’s

CHARLES HOPE  MA, D.Phil., Former Director of the  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.

DEBORAH HOWARD  MA Cambridge, MA & Ph.D, Courtauld Institute, FSA, FSA Scot., Hon. FRIAS and FRSE. Former Professor of Architectural History, Fellow of St John’s College and Former Head of the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge.  Author of “Jacopo Sansovino: Architecture and Patronage in Renaissance Venice”, “The Architectural History of Venice”, “Venice and the East.”

JEREMY HOWARD  MA (Oxon.), MA Courtauld Institute, is a lecturer in Art History at The University of Buckingham.  He has published many articles on aspects of eighteenth and nineteenth-century collecting with particular reference to The Grand Tour.

GEOFFREY HUMPHRIES  Portrait-figure artist, has lived in Venice for 40 years and exhibited throughout Europe.

JACKY KLEIN is an art historian, writer and publisher. After gaining first-class honours in History at Oxford University and an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute, she worked as a curator at the Tate, Barbican, Courtauld and Hayward galleries. Since 2008 she has worked in art book publishing, as Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson and at Phaidon Press,  Executive Editor of Tate Publishing and now as Director of Heni Publishing in London

FREDERICK LAURITZEN MA (Oxon), Phd Columbia, Post Doctoral Fellow at the Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose in Bologna. His field of research is Byzantine literature and culture.

VIVIEN LOVELL  BA, FRSA, Hon FRIBA, is a contemporary art curator specialising in the field of permanent and temporary public commissions.  Director of Modus Operandi Art Consultants, formerly Founder Director of Public Art Commissions Agency, and co-publisher of “Public: Art: Space” (Merrell Holberton 1998).

WILLIAM LORIMER  Christie’s Continental Furniture specialist, former director of Education department and NADFAS lecturer.

ADAM LOWE Artist, director and founder of Factum Arte. His artistic work has been extensively exhibited and he has had large scale survey exhibitions in St Petersburg (Marble Palace, Russian State 1999) and Mexico DF (Museo National de Arte Grafica, 2004). He is considered one of the leading innovators in the field of digital mediation.

NIGEL MCGILCHRIST MA(Oxon.), has lived and worked as an Art Historian in Rome for thirty years. He has taught at Rome University and been Director of the Anglo-Italian Institute, and External Consultant to the Superintendence of Fine Arts of the Italian Government. Lectures widely in the USA on art and archaeology at museums and universities. He is Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Blue Guides series, and currently writing the new Blue Guide to the monuments and archaeology of the Greek Islands.

DAVID NEWBOLD  MA (Oxon.), MA(Reading) Linguistics, teaches English at University of Verona, author of English language teaching materials, education broadcaster, journalist, correspondent in Italy for The Times Educational Supplement.

SIR NICOLAS PENNY Art Historian and Former Director of the National Gallery, London until 2015.

DESMOND SHAWE-TAYLOR  Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures

SUSAN STEER  MA, Ph.D.  Visiting lecturer in History of Art for the University of Warwick’s “Venice term” BA and MA programmes. Susan has also lectured in the History of Art for the University of Bristol and has worked as both researcher and editor of the UK’s national inventory of  European paintings on behalf of the University of Glasgow and the National Gallery.

BEN STREET is a freelance art historian, lecturer and writer based in London. He lectures on art old and new for the National Gallery, Tate, Christie’s Education, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

NICHOLAS TRUE  CBE, MA, Former Whitgift Research Student at Peterhouse, Cambridge, in the field of Byzantine Studies.  Publications on Byzantium.

ANDREW TYLEY BSc, B Arch, M Arch (Yale), ARB, RIBA, Associate Director at Richard Rogers Partnership. Architects responsible for Centre Pompidou, the Lloyds Building, London and the Millennium Project, London.

LOUISA WARMAN BA Courtauld Institute, MA University of Warwick, is an Art Historian resident in Venice since 2000. She works as a translator for art history publications and leads Renaissance and Medieval art history tours in the city.

ARTHUR WOOD  is a founding partner of Total Impact Advisors in Geneva. He is a recognised innovator in social finance and is frequently invited to speak and write on innovative financing vehicles for social purposes.

PETER YOUNIE MA Cambridge (English), BA London (History of Art). Co-founder of the chandelier experts, Cameron Peters Fine Lighting. Formerly UK agent for Venini and the UK reseller for Barovier & Toso. Currently UK agent for Carlo Moretti.


DAVID BRYANT  Musicologist, PhD London University. He currently teaches History of Music, Historical Sources of Music, Interpretation of Archival Sources for the History of Music, and Economics of Music at the University of Venice. He is director of the Documentation Centre for Music History at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice.

JANE GLOVER CBE, MA, DPhil (Oxon.), Conductor and Author of “Mozart’s Women” (Macmillan 2005).

PETER PHILLIPS MA, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres 2005. Well-known broadcaster and conductor, founder Director of the Tallis Scholars (Gramophone Record of the Year Award 1987), Music critic The Spectator. Publisher of The Musical Times. Director of Music, Merton College, Oxford from autumn 2008.

JEREMY SAMS BA, Director and translator. Opera translations include Wagner’ s Ring, Mozart’s Figaro, Magic Flute and Cosi fan Tutte (ENO), Lehar’s MerryWidow (Covent Garden). Frequent broadcaster on opera and other music including his series, “Sams at the Opera” for Radio 3. Recent work as a director includes The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. He is directing the opera Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York in 2014.

MATTEO SANSONE PhD. (Edin.) is an expert on operatic literature and his special field is late nineteenth-century Italian opera on which he has published several studies. He runs the opera courses at the British Institute of Florence.

Global Issues

SIMON CONWAY-MORRIS is Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the HYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Cambridge” \o “University of Cambridge”University of Cambridge

DR FAWAZ GERGES Professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations, London School of Economics

MALCOLM LONGAIR FRS is a British physicist. He was the Jacksonian Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, England from 1991 to 2008. He was President of the Royal Astronomical Society 1996-8 and is a Professorial Fellow and Vice-President of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He was awarded the CBE in the 2000 New Year Honours List.

PAUL WILLIAMS   Research Fellow in the Department of meteorology, Reading University.  A leading environmental specialist, he was recently the lead author on climate change commissioned by the European parliament.


ENRICA ROCCA  runs a cookery school with a difference. Born  in Venice, Enrica is an Italian cook of note, a flamboyant and passionate chef and restaurateur.


GREGORY DOWLING MA (Oxon.), is Associate Professor of American Literature at the University of Venice, has written thrillers set in Italy and England, translator.

ROSELLA ZORZI Professor in American Literature, University of Venice. Director Società Dante Alighieri, Venice.


MARK SMITH is a photographer, based in Venice, publications include “The Nude: a Visual Reference for the Artist” and “Palaces in Venice”.

World Cinema

RYAN GILBEY is film critic of the New Statesman , and a regular contributor to the Sunday Times, The Guardian and Sight & Sound. He read English and American Literature at Kent University in Canterbury and was named Young Film Journalist of the Year by the Independent in 1993. He is the author of several books, including “It Don’t Worry Me”, about 1970s US cinema, and a monograph on Groundhog Day in the BFI Modern Classics series.

John Hall Venice