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Melanie Ashton, Camilla Barclay, James Basden, Emily Berens, Pouli Berliand, Sarah Jane Berbard, Michael Bracken, Jocelyn Briggs, Diana Bowes Lyon, Alison Brooks, Charlotte Bullman, Sarah Chetwyn, Sarah Coles, Lucinda Collum, Victoria Coode, Matthew Cock, Christian Cuninghame, Charlotte Cutcliffe, Isabelle Czernin, Polly Deane, Louise Duckworth, Henrietta Edwards, Russell Elliot, Vanessa Emery, Sophia Eynon, Sally Finlator, Lucy Fitzherbert, Philip Flitman, Rosanna Forbes, Emma Formby, Tiffany Foster, Henry Garthwaite, Nicola Gear, Camilla Geddes, Laura Gosling, Elizabeth Hannah, Philippa Hansard, James Heald, Sophia Herbert, Mark Hubbard, David Hudson, Patrick Jackson, Katherine Jenkins, Matthew Jervois, Henry Jodrell, Christopher Jones, Thea Jones, Sarah Keene, Anne Khazam, Sasha Lambourne, Anabella Leigh, Eleanor MacPharson, Sophie Mallinckrodt, Katerina Mattingley, Flora McCullough, Tiffany Meacham, Victoria Minoprio, Lisa Minoprio, Charlotte Nash, David Nightingale, Claire Nowell, Camilla Peppiat, Guy Peppiat, Caroline Perkins, Milly Phillips, Joanna Pilkinton, Katie Platt, Rachel Poole, Camilla Robinson, Dominic Ropner, Katrina Samuel, Miranda Simmons, Nicola Smith, Lucy Stanford, Annabel Summer, Camilla Surtees, Mark Sutcliffe, Sally Taylor, Seth Taylor, Hugo Thistlewayte, Amanda Tipples, Charles Troy, Thomas Vail, Alice Valdes-Scott, Lucy Vinten, Victoria Waddell, Sally Walsh, Tamsin Warrack, Joanna Whittington, Philippa Wordie, Sarah Yearsley.
Record of Past Programme
The Pre-University Interim Course
January 26 – March 25
Director: John Hall
Venice. Pensione Atlantico
Lectures: The Dante Alighieri Society (Arsenale)
Lecturers and Syllabus
Ian Campbell D.Phil. Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
The fabric of the city; Byzantine and before; Gothic and early Renaissance; High Renaissance and later Cinquecento; Baroque and after.
Tracey Cooper MFA
Palladio – Architecture and Decoration
Palaces; villas; churches.
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.
Sir John Hale Professor of Italian History, University College, London
Petrarch; Machiavelli; Castiglione; the Medici
Sandy Heslop B.A., F.S.A. Lecturer, University of East Anglia
The architecture of S. Marco; the Pala d’Oro and Byzantine metalwork in Venice
Doctor Bernard Hickey M.A. Professor of Commonwealth Literature, University of Venice
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
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.
Terisio Pignatti Professor of Art History, University of Venice
Veronese; Canaletto and Guardi; Tiepolo
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.
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.
Pisanello; Lotto; Leonardo da Vinci
Nicholas True M.A.
Byzantine Art: an introduction; Ravenna; Byzantium and Venice
Caroline Villers M.A. Courtauld Institute
Egg tempera painting – Italian trecento and quattrocento techniques; oil painting – 15th Century Netherlands techniques; the Medieval and Renaissance palette; Venetian painting and techniques; Impressionist painting and techniques.
Rosella Zorzi Lecturer, University of Venice
Ezra Pound’s Venice
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 Rome; High Renaissance – the return to the antique; Baroque Rome – Bernini and Borromini.