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Chelsea Allen, Caroline Archer, Sarah Bacon, Bronwen Ballard, Sarah Ballard, Isobel Barnes, Catherine Bass, Olivia Brabbs, Benedicte Brenninkmeyer, Amanda Brooks, Susannah Brown, Adam Chichester-Clark, William Cummins, Anna Cusden, Christopher Davis, Sarah Davis, Alexander de Brye, Clare de Lisle, Caroline Eady, Francesca Fiztgerald, Blair Fowlkes, Rory Guinness, James Gutch, Kate Hall, Charles Harvey, George Hickman, Jocelyn Hoare, Victoria Howard, Christopher Howarth, Alexander Illingworth, Daisy Kelly, Isabella MacDonald, Caroline Magnay, Joanna Mason, Sally Mendelsohn, Gopali Mulji, Isabel Neyra, Harold Peto, Sophia Playne, Frances Pleydell-Bouverie, Patricia Potter, Chloe Potts, Isabella Roberts, Claire Ross, Iain Ross, Serena Russell, Nicholas Sandomirsky, Letitia Shepherd-Cross, Jeremy Simon, Clare Smales, Katherine Smith, Jennifer Tannett, Aurelia Thomas, Alexandra Townsend, Lucy Van Beek, Daisy Whitehead, Alice Wilkinson, Nicola Williams, Catriona Wright.
Record of Past Programme
The Pre-University Interim Course
January 24 – March 24
Director: John Hall
Venice. Pensione Atlantico
Florence. Hotel Maxim
Rome. Pensione Lydia Venier
Lectures: The Dante Alighieri Society (Arsenale)
Lecturers and Syllabus
George Bull M.A. (Oxon.), FRSL, writer, journalist and translator of Italian classics
Machiavelli’s morals; Castiglione’s kind of gentleman; Michelangelo – an introduction; Popes as patrons; Vasari and the Medici.
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
Good taste and the art market
Good and bad paintings – contemporary, modern and old masters.
Mike Davies Partner in Richard Rogers, architects responsible for the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Lloyds Building, London and Stansted Airport
Gregory Dowling M.A. (Oxon.), teaches at the University of Venice, has written thrillers set in Italy and England, translator
Byron in Venice
Jane Glover M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon.), conductor, broadcaster and writer
The prodigy; declaration of independence; the final curtain; Mozart in context.
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.
Bellini and Venetian painting of the later 15th century; Giorgione and his circle; Titian 1, Palma and Lotto; Titian 2 and Venetian painting of the mid 16th century; Tintoretto, Veronese and later Bassano.
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 Renaissance Venice and The Architectural History of Venice
Venice’s amphibious townscape; Venice and the East; Ruskin’s Venice; theatre in Venetian architecture; the plague and its impact on the city.
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, UNESCO report: Venice Restored, editor at large of Architectural Digest
Venetian History 1, 2, Restoration in Venice, Venetian palaces, Palladio
Edward Lucie-Smith M.A., FRSL, poet, art critic, 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 and a History of 20th Century Latin American Art
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.
Venetian painting in the 18th century
Richard MacKenney Senior lecturer in History, Edinburgh University, author Tradesmen and traders: the world of the guilds in Venice and Europe 1250-1650 (1987) and Sixteenth Century Europe (1993)
The Italian contribution to the civilisation of the West
Rodney Milnes Editor of Opera magazine, chief opera critic, The Times, well known broadcaster
Rossini, the musician and his mask; Bellini and Donizetti – the world of bel canto; Verdi – the colossus; Wagner, the complete work of art; Puccini – realism unleashed.
David Newbold M.A. (Oxon.), M.A.(Reading) Linguistics
Italian schools and universities
Paula Nuttall B.A., Ph.D. Courtauld Institute. Lectures in the field of Italian and Netherlandish Renaissance painting for the Universities of Cambridge and London (Courtauld, UCL and Birkbeck), the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Musuem
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
How the National Gallery works
Peter Phillips well known broadcaster and conductor, Professor of Music, Royal College 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 18th century; the modern orchestra.
Sarah Quill Freelance photographer working between London and Venice. Film work includes Wagner, A Room with a View, White Mischief and Maestro. Runs Archivo Veneziano, a photographic archive of the city
Practical photography classes
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
Modern Italian design
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 and 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
Tempera – the craft of painting; oil painting and individuality; Impressionism: new materials; conservation and change (time); conservation and change (restoration).
Rosella Zorzi Professor in American Literature, University of Venice, Director, Società Dante Alighieri, 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 Architecture and Sculpture; visits to Museo del Opera del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Bargello, Baptistry, Duomo, Santa Croce, Pazzi Chapel, Florentine Painting; visits to Uffizi Gallery, Santa Maria Novella, Ognissanti, Carmini. Fra Angelico and Michelangelo; visits to San Marco and Accademia.
Joachim Strupp Ph.D. Teaches at St. Andrew’s University. Has recently lived in Italy for three years and his speciality is Renaissance Sculptured Altarpieces on which he has published several studies.
Visits to Campidoglio, Forum, Cloaca Maxima, Arches of Titus and Septimus Severus, the Imperial Palaces on the Palatine Hills. Urban planning – Piazza di Spagna, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona with Bernini fountain, S. Maria della Pace, S. Luigi dei Francesi, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, ss. Vincenzo e Anastasio.
Baroque churches; Il Gesù, S. Andrea della Valle, S. Andrea al Qurinale, S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, S. Maria della Vittoria, S. Susanna.
Visits to St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Stanze.
Villa D’Este at Tivoli.