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Georgina Buckingham, Melissa Buntman, Susie Cabble, Lucinda Cook, Laura Coulton, Adam de Zoete, Katherine Dixon, Julia Dowson, Rupert Dymock-Maunsell, Hannah Esson, Sophie Fetherstonaugh, Henrietta Foster, David Fox, Philippa Gregg, Charles Hastings (Deceased), Victoria Hay, Florence Iliffe, Sophie Kendall, Annabel Kennedy, William Lacey, Pamela Lampson, Henrietta Lang, James Liddiard, Holly Lynton, Catherine MacBain (Deceased), Isabella MacPherson, Michael Magnay, Maria Martell, Merel Matzinger, James Mitford-Slade, Belinda Moubray, Fleur Neyens, Tiffany Panter, Catherine Paterson, Charmaine Pestana, Francoise Robinson, Melissa Sanders, Harriet Sellick, Nicola Sheffield, Daniel Slowick, Kerry Smith, Richard Smyly, Petrouchka Stafford, James Strang Steel, Sarah Timmis, Emma Tomlinson, Victoria Wallis, Jessica Wheatcroft, Miranda Withers Green, Jessica Wright.
Record of Past Programme
The Pre-University Interim Course
January 27 – March 26
Director: John Hall
Venice. Pensione Atlantico
Florence. Hotel Maxim
Rome. Pensione Lydia Venier
Lectures: The Dante Alighieri Society (Arsenale)
Lecturers and Syllabus
Rupert Christiansen M.A. Cambridge, author of books on opera Prima Donna, The Grand Obsession and the Romantic poets, Romantic Affinities (Somerset Maugham Prize 1989), former arts editor Harpers and Queen, writes regularly for The Observer, The Spectator, Opera, Vanity Fair, The Independent
A brief history of the singing voice in opera; from Mozart to Rossini – the rise of Romanticism; Verdi’s development; Wagner and his influence on European culture; some 20th century masters – Puccini, Strauss, Janacek, Britten, Bernstein and Gershwin.
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
Jane Glover M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon.) Conductor, broadcaster and writer
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 Organisation of a Renaissance State: Venice, editor Concise Encyclopaedia of the Renaissance
Italy and Renaissance Europe
Humanism in Italy
Petrarch; Machiavelli; Castiglione; the Medici; Renaissance Popes.
Tom Henry B.A. (Oxon.), M.A. Courtauld Institute, formerly art historian to the National Gallery ‘Microgallery’, preparing complete catalogue of the collection, numerous contributions to catalogues (Guercino, Van Dyck) and other publications
Giotto and Venetian painting to 1450; Mantegna and Bellini; Giorgione and painting around 1500; Titian; Tintoretto and Veronese.
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 and FSA Scot. Senior lecturer in Department of Architecture, Edinburgh University. Member of Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland and Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of 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 Portrait-figure 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 and 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, 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 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)
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
Nicholas Penny Clore Curator of Renaissance Art, National Gallery, formerly Slade Professor Oxford, Keeper of Department of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Using London’s museums and galleries
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
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
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
Ezra Pound in Venice
Francine Van Hertsen M.A. Art History (Louvre, Paris) Diploma of Institute of Painting Conservation, Florence, Art History teacher, Chief Restorer of the frescoes of S.Luigi dei Francesi, Rome.
Introduction to Florence. Florentine Sculpture; visits to Museo dell Opera del Duomo, Bargello. Florentine Architcture; visits to Baptistry, Duomo, Santa Croce, Pazzi Chapel, Florentine Painting; visits to Uffizi Gallery, Santa Maria Novella, Ognissanti, Carmini, Santa Felicità. Fra Angelico and Michelangelo; visits to San Marco and Accademia.
Jeffrey Blanchard lives in Rome and is lecturer at Cornell and Notre Dame Universities, Rome Campus
Visit Gesù, S. Ivo alla Sapienza, S.Ignazo
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.
Visit Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Forum
Francine Van Hertsen M.A. Art History (Louvre, Paris) Diploma of Institute of Painting Conservation, Florence, Art History teacher, Chief Restorer of the frescoes of S. Luigi dei Francesi, Rome.
Visits to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Stanze.
Villa D’Este at Tivoli.