Lunchtime lecture: Canaletto's Venice: serenity in the city

Course Dates: 02/11/22
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online
Explore the drama of Canaletto’s paintings. Discover what his art tells us about social space and political power in ‘The Most Serene’ Republic of Venice.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £8.00 Concession £7.00

Course Code: VB754

Wed, day, 02 Nov - 02 Nov '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

Canaletto is one of the best-known artists of Venice. His representations of Venice feel as if they are postcards, beautiful souvenirs of the distinctive the city’s distinctive architecture and geography. This lunchtime lecture takes us beyond the surface, asking us to really look and see the space and place of Venice and how it takes shape under the masterful stagecraft of Canaletto.

Trained as a theatrical scene painter, Canaletto was concerned with the drama of space. This talk takes us into the politics of the spaces he created. In many ways Canaletto reinforced the idea of ‘La Serenissima’ (The most serene) Republic of Venice. However, there are examples in his work where he is actively critiquing the strict regulation of social spaces. We will explore some examples of each. Get to know this artist from a new perspective.

This course is part of City Lit Art History’s ‘Venice Season’ celebrating the vibrancy of the city, its international art culture, a place where we can explore the complexities of art history, past and present.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

-Canaletto’s use of space and perspective
-Examples of his signature style and how they reflect Venice topographically
-How Canaletto’s works are valuable tools to understanding the politics of social space.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Understand the purpose of perspective in landscape
-Appreciate the political value of Canaletto’s art
-Discuss the work of Canaletto beyond the standard narrative of the ‘Venetian souvenir’.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information as well as basic functions of Zoom, specifically microphone and camera.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by lecture with slide images, you be engaged in a brief discussion and invited to ask questions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may wish to bring a notebook to take notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Take a course from our Venice Season! Search 'Venice' on our website. . .some suggestions:
The ocean and contemporary art
Venetian art of the 15th and 16th centuries: beauty, splendour and light
Think like an artist: in 16th century Venice
Focus on: Titian
Friday lates: Venice Biennale.

Sarah Jaffray Tutor Website

Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. In addition to her current teaching at City Lit, Sarah is a lecturer at the University of Arts London and the Tutor Coordinator for City Lit's Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah's current research is focused on translation and empathy.

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