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The Course Register 2017

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Max Aylmer, Primrose Baxter, Bella Colvin, Phoebe Cormack, Matilda Cottrell, James Crompton, Theodore Debreu, Madeline Dickie, Charlotte Driscoll, Charles Edgar, Elizabeth Edwards, Katharine Evelegh, Hector Forrester, Philip Garthwaite, Louis Georgiadis, Isabelle Hijmans van den Bergh, Alexandra Kirk, Thor Kverndal, William Lamb, Rose McMillan, Daisy Moore, Jack Palmer, Jack Petheram, Mia Pierson, Emily Pirie, Felicity Stocker, Oria Stourton, Matilda Streatfeild, Clementine Swallow, Angie Tang, Evie Weston Smith, Henry Whaley, Alice Williams


Record of Past Programme

The John Hall Venice Course 2017

January 23 – March 24
Directors: John Hall & Charles Hall

Venice. Hotel Messner
Florence. Hotel Maxim
Rome. Hotel Smeraldo

·  National Gallery, London
·  Istituto Canossiano, Venice

Lecturers and Syllabus

PROF. RICHARD ALLAN Professor of Climate Science and joint head of the Department of Meteorology at Reading Uiversity

Climate Science from a Climate Scientist

ALEX BAMJI a cultural historian of early modern Venice and Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Leeds

The Italian Contribution to Western Civilization

History of Venice

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.

Body Matters: Representing the human figure in contemporary art

SIMON CONWAY-MORRIS is Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge

Evolution and Religion: Mortal Enemies or secret friends? Darwin’s Compass: Why Humans are Inevitable

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

The Science of Saving Venice

SIMON DAVIS Associate Partner at Richard Rogers Partnership. Architects responsible for Centre Pompidou, the Lloyds Building, London and the Millennium Project, London.

Architecture Today

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

English poets in Italy
Byron in Venice; Shelley; Keats and Imagination; Browning and Italy.Humanism ; the Enlightenment ; Romanticism.

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

Restoration of Paintings
Venetian paintings in the National Gallery (Private visits)

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.

The Auction Challenge

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

Learning to Look; a short guide to looking at art

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

The Fall of the Ottoman Empire & the making of the modern Middle East                                                                  The organic crisis of the post-independence state in the Middle East and the rise of non-state actors like Al Qaeda and ISIS

RYAN GILBEY is film critic of the New Statesman, and was named Reviewer of the Year in the 2007 Press Gazette magazine awards. He is also an author and contributes to the Sunday Times and the Guardian.

How to watch films
Who’s the boss? – a look at auteur theory, which argues that a film’s ultimate author is its director
Getting from A to B via Z: Alternative ways of storytelling in cinema.
The Actor: Looking at different styles of film acting
Class War: British cinema since the 1950s

NICHOLAS HALL Independent art dealer based in New York

Collecting & The Collectors , Surrealism & The Old Masters

CHARLIE HALL MA Art History, London

Renaissance Rivals- Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael ; Florence and the Medici- an Introduction ; A life of Collecting: Peggy Guggenheim ; The Biennale Phenonemon: Art at the Cutting Edge

CHARLES HOPE MA, D.Phil., 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.

Christian Iconography
Venetian Renaissance Painting. The contribution of Venice to Early Renaissance altarpieces and painted narratives – Giovanni and Gentile Bellini, Carpaccio

Giorgione and the limits of connoisseurship

The Venetian High Renaissance – Titian, Palma il Vecchio, Pordenone, Lotto

Later Titian and Bassano

Giorgio Vasari and Art Histories

DEBORAH HOWARD MA Cambridge, MA & Ph.D, Courtauld Institute, FSA, FSA Scot., Hon. FRIAS and FRSE. Professor of Architectural History, Fellow of St John’s College and 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.”

Domes and Minarets: an Introduction to Islamic Architecture
Venetian Architecture: Venice and the East; John Ruskin and Venetian Gothic; Order and orders in Piazza San Marco; The Plague in Venice

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.

The Grand Tour

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

Life drawing and portraiture classes

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.

Visit to Ravenna

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).

Public art today

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

A View of the Commercial Art World -The Auction House

NIGEL MCGILCHRIST MA (Oxon.), has lived and worked as an Art Historian in Rome for thirty years. He has taught at Rome University and has been Director of the Anglo-Italian Institute, and 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. A frequent contributor to the Arts Page of The Times, and a regular lecturer for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DCand San Diego Museum of Art, California.

MARBLE. The Brilliance of Ancient Surfaces: the Polychrome: Marbles of Antiquity
BYZANTINE ART: The Transformation of the Roman world: Ravenna and a new Christian civilisation
The Re-discovery of Coloured Marbles in Mediaeval and Renaissance Italy
MARCO POLO: Venice’s Man of Marvels: From Stone to Sensuality: how Marble comes to life in Sculpture

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.

Education in Italy

SIR NICOLAS PENNY Former director of the National Gallery, London

Tiepolo ; Canaletto ; Piranesi ; Canova ; Veronese & Tintoretto

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.

The tradition of classical music in Europe
Chant and polyphony in the western tradition; Monteverdi and the Venetian revolution; the contribution of Bach and Handel; the Creation of the Modern Orchestra

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.

Cookery Classes

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 has also recently written the libretto for The Enchanted Island, which opened at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in January 2012.

Opera – All Human Life is Here
Families….together and apart
Making the right decision….Fidelity, forgiveness, acceptance
Deadly Sins….Jealousy, rage and worse
Opera to Musicals….and beyond

MATTEO SANSONE Ph.D (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 teaches Italian Opera at New York University in Florence and lectures at the British Institute of Florence.

The Operas of Monteverdi

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

Photography Classes

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.

Visits throughout the city and lagoon islands, introducing the students to the less visited major works in Venice and the islands and teaching a useful method for looking at architecture and works of art.

BEN STREET is an Art History teacher, gallery educator and freelance curator based in London. He is a lecturer at the National Gallery and has been a gallery educator at the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Hayward Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Courtauld Gallery, London. He writes on contemporary art for Art21, Artnet and Art Review. Ben is currently involved in curating exhibitions of contemporary art at a new art space in north-west London, Intervention Gallery.

Who’s Afraid of Modern Art ?


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

Byzantine Art – the transformation of the Roman world: Ravenna and a new Christian civilisation; Mirror in the East: the splendour and fall of Byzantium and its impact on Venice
San Marco visit

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.

Visits throughout the city and lagoon islands, introducing the students to the less visited major works in Venice and the islands and teaching a useful method for looking at architecture and works of art.

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

Henry James in Venice



Orientation walk-abouts (2); the Accademia Gallery; the Frari; S. Marco, Palazzo Ducale
Private visit to Guggenheim Collection of Modern Art
Private visits: with Nicholas True to S. Marco with the mosaics illuminated; with Peter Lauritzen to S. Giorgio Maggiore, now the Fondazione Giorgio Cini; to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Visits throughout the city and lagoon islands with Susan Steer & Louisa Warman.
Visit to Ravenna – S. Apollinare in Classe; S. Vitale; Tomb of Galla Placida; Orthodox Baptistery; the Museum; S. Apollinare Nuovo.
Visit to Padua – the Scrovegni Chapel – Giotto; the Erimitani – Mantegna; the Santo, the Scuola del Santo – Titian.
In the Veneto – Palladian Villas in the Veneto, Villa Malcontenta, Villa La Rotonda and Teatro Olimpico at Vicenza

Classes in Venice:
Life Drawing and Portraiture – Geoffrey Humphries
Photography – Mark Smith
Italian – Teachers trained by Società Dante Alighieri
Cookery – Contessa Enrica Rocca


Introduction to Florence and on-site visits – Florentine Painting, Architecture and Sculpture
Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia (Private Visits)
The Medici Chapel, Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo, S. Croce, Pazzi Chapel, Santa Maria Novella, the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, the Bargello, San. Lorenzo, The Laurentian Library, Sta Trinita, Rucellai chapel, Orsanmichele, Ospedale degli Innocenti
San Marco, Galleria Palatina, Santa Felicità, Brancacci Chapel.
Visit to Gardens of Villa Gamberaia at Settignano.

Classes: Life Drawing at Charles Cecil Studio

Lectures: Matteo Sansone Ph.D. (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
The Monteverdi operas



On first evening, a walk around the historic centre of Rome introducing its main landmarks and monuments to include Campo de Fiori area – Palazzo della Cancelleria, Palazzo Farnese and Palazzo Spada: the Ghetto area, the Capitol Hill and Michelangelo’s Square, the Trevi Fountain; the Hadrianeum; and past the Pantheon to Piazza Navona

Visit to Borromini’s Church of Sant’ Ivo alla Sapienza followed by an Introduction to Rome by coach to include the Tiber and the Iola Iberian, Castle Spangle, St.Peter’s, the Janiculum Hill, the ‘Fontanone’, Bramante’s Tempietto, S. Pietro in Montorio, the Pyramid of Cestius & the Protestant Cemetery, the Baths of Caracalla, the Circus Maximus; the Via Appia Antica and the tomb of Cecilia Metella, and S. Giovanni in Porta Latina, S. Maria degli Angeli, Santa Constanza, S. Agnese fuori le Mura

Following days – visits to include:
Classical Rome and the Classical Survival in later epochs from the Capitol Hill into the Roman and Imperial Fora; the Colosseum; the Arch of Constantine, the church of SS.Cosman & Damian; Trajan’s Markets and Column
The Heart of Rome: The Pantheon; Borromini’s Church of Sant’ Ivo alla Sapienza, The Caravaggio chapels in S. Luigi de’ Francesi and Sant’ Agostino, The Ara Pacis, and the Piazza di Spagna area.

Private visits to the Keats and Shelley Memorial House The Vatican Collections, including Cortile Ottagonale, Antiquities Collections, the Chapel of Nicholas V, the Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel
Independent visit to the interior of St Peter’s Basilica

Visit to Villa d’Este and Temple of Sibilla at Tivoli and lunch at the Ristorante Sibilla

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