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We are very proud to have such an exceptional faculty. Not everyone listed teaches every year,

but this is the list of those who we are happy to include:


PIERS BAKER-BATES  is a Research Associate in Art History at the Open University, UK. He is co-editor of The Spanish Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italy (2015) and the author of ‘Sebastiano del Piombo and the World of Spanish Rome’

ALEX BAMJI  a cultural historian of early modern Venice and Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Leeds. Her research explores community and identity in the city of Venice, especially how they were shaped by religious practices and experiences of disease. She is currently writing a book entitled ‘Death in early modern Venice’, and is co-editor of The Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter-Reformation.

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.

BRUNA CARUSO  Graduated in History of Art and Venice, works for the Superintendency of Art, teaches for the Hofstra University and Smithsonian Study Tours.  She has written for various publications on Venetian Art and Architecture.

GIUSEPPE CHERUBINI Biologist, he collaborated for ten years with the Italian National Institute for Wildlife, carrying out research on the migration of waterbirds and wetlands management. Since 1999 he has been working for the hunting and fishing department of the Province of Venice. From 2004 to 2009 he was a member of the Regional Commission for the safeguard of Venice and its Lagoon.

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

FRANK DABELL, is a British art historian, specializes in Renaissance art and was a Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He has published extensively since the mid-1980s and is completing his book on Piero della Francesca. He has taught at Temple Rome since 2003.

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

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.

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

CHARLIE GERE is a British academic who is professor of media theory and history at The Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at The University of Lancaster and previously, director of research at the Institute for Cultural Research. He is author of several books and articles on new media art and technology, continental philosophy, and technology. His main research interest is in the cultural effects and meanings of technology and media, particularly in relation to post-conceptual art and philosophy.

NICHOLAS HALL MA (Oxon) Art dealer and critic based in New York. former International Head of Old Master Pictures at Christie’s

CHARLES HOPE  MA, D.Phil., Former 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.

ANDREW HOPKINS was previously Assistant Director of the British School at Rome, from 1998 to 2002, and for many years now Professor and Chair of Architectural History at the University of L'Aquila. Part of his PhD (Courtauld Institute 1995) on Venetian architecture was awarded the Essay Medal of 1996 by the Society of Architectural Historians (GB). Andrew was a Fellow at Harvard University's Villa I Tatti in Florence in 2003-2004; Paul Mellon Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. in 2009; Getty Research Institute Fellow 2014 and Beaufort Fellow, St. John’s College Cambridge 2014.

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

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.

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

JACKY KLEIN is a curator, publisher, writer and broadcaster. She has worked at the Tate, Barbican, Courtauld and Hayward galleries, and as commissioning editor for art books at Thames & Hudson, Phaidon Press, Tate Publishing and HENI Publishing. She is author of a number of bestselling books on contemporary art and has contributed to a range of radio and TV programmes for the BBC, Channel 5, Bloomberg, Christie's, The Art Fund and more. She hosts the Association for Art History podcast and is co-founder of The Culture Collective, a new digital arts broadcasting platform launching in 2021. Her lectures cover some of the central elements of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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.

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).

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

ADAM LOWE Artist, director and founder of Factum Arte. His artistic work has been extensively exhibited and he has had large scale survey exhibitions in St Petersburg (Marble Palace, Russian State 1999) and Mexico DF (Museo National de Arte Grafica, 2004). He is considered one of the leading innovators in the field of digital mediation.

NIGEL MCGILCHRIST MA(Oxon.), has lived and worked as an Art Historian in Rome for thirty years. He has taught at Rome University and been Director of the Anglo-Italian Institute, and External Consultant to the Superintendence of Fine Arts of the Italian Government. Lectures widely in the USA on art and archaeology at museums and universities. He is Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Blue Guides series, and currently writing the new Blue Guide to the monuments and archaeology of the Greek Islands.

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.

SIR NICOLAS PENNY Art Historian and Former Director of the National Gallery, London until 2015.

LESLIE PRIMO MA, University College, London. During his studies he specialised in early Medieval and Renaissance studies, including, Italian Renaissance Drawing, Art and Architecture in Europe 1250-1400 Art and Architecture in Europe 1400-1500, Medici and Patronage, Narrative Painting in the Age of Giotto, the work of Peter Paul Rubens focusing on his paintings of the Judgement of Paris, and Greek Myth in paintings.

SARAH QUILL has worked between Venice and London for many years to create a photographic archive of Venetian architecture, sculpture and daily life. Her book, Ruskin’s Venice: The Stones Revisited was followed by a new edition, which has been translated into Italian and Chinese. She lectures regularly, principally on Venetian subjects, and is a trustee of the Venice in Peril Fund, the British committee for the preservation of Venice.

DESMOND SHAWE-TAYLOR  Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures

ANNA SOMERS-COCKS OBE, Founder Editor of the Art Newspaper and former chairman of Venice in Peril.

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.

BEN STREET is a freelance art historian, lecturer and writer based in London. He lectures on art old and new for the National Gallery, Tate, Christie’s Education, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

DR CLAUDIA TOBIN is a writer, art historian and curator based at the University of Cambridge where she teaches modern and contemporary literature and visual cultures. Her recent publications include Oh, to be a Painter! (2021), Modernism and Still Life: Artists, Writers, Dancers (2020) and she is co-editor of Ways of Drawing: Artists' Perspectives and Practices (2019)

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

DR. THOMAS LEO TRUE (Cantab), MPhil, PhD is Director of the Hay Castle Museum and former Assistant Director of the British School at Rome, where he is currently Research Fellow. He has led research and heritage projects across the Mediterranean, including collaborating with Foster + Partners on the inauguration of Musée Narbo Via, Narbonne. Tom has been Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, the Rome Centre for Classical and Renaissance Studies, University of Kent; and John Cabot University. His most recent book is Roma e gli artisti stranieri (XVI- XX s.), Artemide, 2019.

NICOLA TURNER-INMAN is Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts (Projects) at the Royal Collection.

ANDREW TYLEY BSc, B Arch, M Arch (Yale), ARB, RIBA, Associate Director at Richard Rogers Partnership. Architects responsible for Centre Pompidou, the Lloyds Building, London and the Millennium Project, London.

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.

ARTHUR WOOD  is a founding partner of Total Impact Advisors in Geneva. He is a recognised innovator in social finance and is frequently invited to speak and write on innovative financing vehicles for social purposes.

PETER YOUNIE MA Cambridge (English), BA London (History of Art). Co-founder of the chandelier experts, Cameron Peters Fine Lighting. Formerly UK agent for Venini and the UK reseller for Barovier & Toso. Currently UK agent for Carlo Moretti.

DR MARIE-LOUISE LEONARD Research Fellow at Ca' Foscari University of Venice.She is a social and cultural historian of early modern Italy. Her primary research interests are health, disease, public health, and occupational health. Ill-health, Work and Occupational Health in Early Modern Italy (ca.1550-1750) Dipartimento di Filosofia e Beni Culturali, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.


DAVID BRYANT  Musicologist, PhD London University. He currently teaches History of Music, Historical Sources of Music, Interpretation of Archival Sources for the History of Music, and Economics of Music at the University of Venice. He is director of the Documentation Centre for Music History at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice.

PATRICK CRAIG is a counter tenor, harpist, teacher, lecturer, and conductor. He is a Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral and over twenty years has sung more than a thousand concerts with the Tallis Scholars.

JANE GLOVER CBE, MA, DPhil (Oxon.), Conductor and Author of “Mozart’s Women” (Macmillan 2005).

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.

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 is directing the opera Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York in 2014.

MATTEO SANSONE PhD. (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.


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

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

MALCOLM LONGAIR FRS is a British physicist. He was the Jacksonian Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, England from 1991 to 2008. He was President of the Royal Astronomical Society 1996-8 and is a Professorial Fellow and Vice-President of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He was awarded the CBE in the 2000 New Year Honours List.

PAUL WILLIAMS   Research Fellow in the Department of meteorology, Reading University.  A leading environmental specialist, he was recently the lead author on climate change commissioned by the European parliament.


MARIKA CONTALDO SEGUSO Graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York she started working at the well-known Chantarelle, where she learnt techniques and secrets of French cooking from the famous chef owner David Waltuck. She now runs her internationally-renowned cookery school, in Venice on the Lido.



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

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


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

SEBASTIAN CORTES is American photographer who has been based in Italy and India, and now lives in Venice. Sebastian Cortés creates images rooted in travel that go beyond simple tourist tropes. Influenced by American photographers such as Walker Evans, Steven Shore, and William Eggleston, as well as by contemporaries such as Robert Polidori and Alec Soth, Cortés’s fine art and editorial work highlight “the layering of time and the sense of place,” as he has said. He uses architectural elements such as building facades, empty interiors, ancient alleys, or chipping paint in lush colours as backdrops for his incisive portraits or as the main focus of his work, resulting in photographs that tell the story of the places he has travelled to without exoticizing his subjects.



RYAN GILBEY is film critic of the New Statesman , and a regular contributor to the Sunday Times, The Guardian and Sight & Sound. He read English and American Literature at Kent University in Canterbury and was named Young Film Journalist of the Year by the Independent in 1993. He is the author of several books, including “It Don’t Worry Me”, about 1970s US cinema, and a monograph on Groundhog Day in the BFI Modern Classics series.


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