Time: 10.30 am for 10.45am – 3.30 pm
Lecturer: Anne Haworth
Cost: £38 (inc. coffee & biscuits)
Venue: Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queens Square, London WC1N 3AR
The City of Venice has been eulogised by poets and writers as La Serenissima, a City of Dreams rising from the luminous and tranquil waters of the Venetian lagoon. Its network of canals shimmer with a thousand reflections of palaces and its churches echo with musical notes. The city’s picturesque beauty, unique topography and traditions of Carnival have earned it fulsome praise as ‘The Queen of the Adriatic’ or ‘The City of Masks’. As we will see in this study day, Venice can also be described in myriad ways as the City of Silk, Gold, Mosaics, Glass, Lapis Lazuli, Book-Binding, Musical Instruments or Gondolas. For centuries, Venice was at the centre of mercantile exchanges in luxury commodities between Europe, the Levant, North Africa and East Asia and attracted thriving communities of skilled artisans. Venetian life hummed with the sound of a thousand workshops. Glass-makers were famously sequestered on the island of Murano whilst lace-makers congregated on Burano. The legacy of the artisans of Venice can be seen in magnificent Venetian palace, church and library interiors, in paintings and works of art and also in contemporary craft traditions, Carnival and the cuisine of La Serenissima.
Lecture 1: ‘From Artisans to Angels, Guilds to Gold, Pigments to Perfume and Silk to Serenades’
Lecture 2: ‘From Chandeliers to Shoes, Goblets to Gondolas, Mirrors to Marquetry and Porcelain to Paper’
Lecture 3: ‘From Bricks to Bridges, Paintings to Palaces, Mosaics to Masks and Lanterns to Legacy’