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Gillian Ansell, Fiona Beresford, Victoria Baharrell, Harriet Clayton, Philippa Cockburn, Jenny Davidson, Jasper Dearden, Kathrin Edwards, Lucy Falkner, Deborah Fernie, Anna Gregory, Alexander Hardwick, Julian Hay, Celia Hickman, Tamsin Hughes, Larijja Jackson, Caroline Jarrett, Melanie Jarron, James Keith, Alison Kilpatrick, Chester King, Peta-Jane Lee, Charles Magnay, Louise Matley, Charles Merry, Mariam Moore, Matthew Moore, Carlos Peres, Bruce Ridge, James Taylor, Luke Taylor, Amanda Terry, Eleanor Townsend, Martine Udall, Diccon Willcox.
Record of Past Programme
The Pre-University Interim Course
January 29 – March 18
Director: John Hall
Venice. Pensione Atlantico
Florence. Hotel Maxim
Rome. Pensione Smeraldo
Lectures: The Dante Alighieri Society (Arsenale)
Lecturers and Syllabus
John Cobb M.A. FRCS Psych. MRCP Consultant Psychiatrist, Priory Hospital
Art and meaning
Does art have meaning? inner world 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
A look at contemporary art – the independent group
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
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 Italian Renaissance
Humanism in Italy
Petrarch; Machiavelli; Castiglione; the Medici.
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
The particular characteristics of Venetian and Italian painting
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
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
The Venetian Palace
Kristen Lippincott Ph.D. Research Fellow, Warburg Institute, London University, numerous publications on Renaissance subjects
The classical language of architecture
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
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 70’s and 80’s.
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.
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
Timothy Prus Ph.D. Italian Design, art dealer
Sarah Quill photographer, specializing in Venice book illustrations and film stills including A Room with a View and 1984
Practical photography classes
Christina Thoresby resident in Venice, publications on Lorenzo Lotto
Pisanello; Leonardo da Vinci; Lorenzo Lotto
Nicholas True M.A. former Whitgift Research Student, Peterhouse, Cambridge in the field of Byzantine Studies, publications on Byzantium
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
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
Historical Introduction to Florence, visits to Bargello, Opera del Duomo, Santa Croce, Pazzi Chapel, Uffizi Gallery, Castello di Vicchio Maggio.
Florence: introduction to Renaissance Art, Brunelleschi’s Duomo
Rome: Foro Romano, Campiologlio, Colosseo, Villa Borghese, St Peters, the Vatican Museums, Il Gesù, San Andrea della Valle, Piazza Navona, San Luigi dei Francesci, San Agostino, Campo dei Fiori, Oratorio del Filippini, San Ignazio