The Glory of Venice II

10 week course: 20 January - 31 March 2017

This series of lectures will continue to explore art, architecture and sculpture in Venice. This is a follow up course to Part I (autumn 2016) but there is no need to have attended the former course to join us this term.

The course begins in the 17th century and brings us up to the modern day with a discussion of the conservation problems facing Venice in the 21st century. There will be a lecture on Venice’s unique festivities from the splendid regattas and processions as recorded by Canaletto, to more intimate insights into everyday life by lesser-known figures such as Bella and Longhi. The production of vedute or views of Venice became a major industry especially during the 1700s and many other artists specialised in the genre including Luca Carlevarijs, Michele Marieschi, Francesco Guardi and Bernardo Bellotto. We explore how their work demonstrates quite different approaches to similar subjects, and yet also reveals the strong influence which they had on one another. Our course also explores the exquisite portraits of Rosalba Carriera, the palatial commissions of Giambattista Tiepolo, and the sculpture of Antonio Canova.

There will be a special guest lecture by renowned photographer Sarah Quill, a trustee of the Venice in Peril Fund. Sarah has worked for many years in Venice, building up a photographic record of the city’s architecture, sculpture and daily life. Her book Ruskin’s Venice: The Stones Revisited (2000) was re-published in a new edition in 2015. In this talk she will look back at Ruskin’s visits to Venice during his researches for The Stones of Venice, and will illustrate some of the changes that have taken place there since the nineteenth century.

A second guest lecturer will bring us up to the modern day with a discussion of the construction origins of Venice and the reality of challenges facing building conservation in the 21st century.  Dr Duncan Philips is a specialist in building conservation, listed buildings and historic properties and lectures regularly on surveying and conservation topics.

The course is structured thematically, and images are discussed within their economic, political and social context.

Art History in Focus’s courses are characterised by a relaxed and entertaining learning environment, which often allows for lively discussion. Lectures last two hours with a break for refreshments, and the talks are illustrated by high quality digital images.

Lectures are on Friday mornings and run from 11-1; doors open at 10.45.

Please note, February 10th will be an afternoon session from 2.30-4.30 and there is no class on 10th March


Further Information

Location and Directions
Churchgate House Centre
Downside Bridge Rd
Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3EJ.

To view a map of the Churchgate House Centre location click here

There is free parking at the centre, although if you are unable to find a space you can park in one of the nearby roads or in the pay and display car park on Hollyhedge Road. There is further free parking on the left just over the bridge on Downside Bridge Road.

The course is open for all to join. If you would like to attend please fill in the online booking form. If you would prefer to send a booking form by post please download a copy here.

We regret we are unable to offer refunds on unused course subscriptions, but your place may be transferred to someone else if you are unable to attend (please provide their name in advance, thank you)

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event.


  • Discover masterpieces of Venetian Art and Architecture, from Canaletto to Tiepolo
  • Guest lecture by photographer and Trustee of Venice in Peril, Sarah Quill
  • Explore works studied in class in a guided tour of the National Gallery (week 10)
  • Meet people with similar interests
  • Refreshments included



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