Study trip: Venice Biennale and Venetian Renaissance

Course Dates: 30/09/22 - 02/10/22
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Off Site
Explore the glorious art of Venice’s Renaissance and see the city come alive with contemporary artworks during Venice’s exciting Biennale. This three-day visit is led by an expert art historian.
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Full fee £429.00 Senior fee £429.00 Concession £429.00

Course Code: VB802

Fri-Sun, day, 30 Sep - 02 Oct '22

Duration: 3 sessions

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What is the course about?

The unique character of Venice, city of water and mazes, makes its Biennale of Contemporary Art a very special experience. Sculptures and installations from all over the world appear on bridges, in churches, in palazzos. This three-day tour explores the 2022 Biennale as well as the art of the Venetian Renaissance. See innovative altarpieces by Bellini and Titian, admire Veronese’s controversial Feast in the House of Levi and Tintoretto’s moving canvases for the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. There will be a reasonable amount of walking between venues.

Please note: The course fee covers three full days of guided visits and all entrances to museums, churches, and the Biennale. It does not include flights, accommodation, meals etc. which you will be required to book independently. City Lit is not responsible for flight/travel cancellations or delays; once the course is confirmed, you will be unable to receive a refund for this course. Please ensure you have travel insurance.

Once the course is confirmed it is excluded from our normal refund and transfer policy.

This course is NOW CONFIRMED.

What will we cover?

- The history and layout of the city and its patrons
- The Scuola Grande and the Scuola Piccola and patronage
- The development of Venetian painting from the Vivarini and Bellini workshops to Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese
- The Venice Biennale and trends in contemporary art.

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

- Recognise and identify key buildings in Venice
- Describe the role of the schools and artistic patronage
- Follow the connections in the development of Venetian painting from the Early to the High Renaissance
- Describe the function and character of the Venice Biennale and talk with greater confidence about contemporary art trends.

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

The course is open to all. No prior knowledge is required other than a general interest in art and architecture.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information.

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

You will be taught through guided visits and discussions. There will be breaks throughout the day, as well as a break for lunch. The pace will be determined by the group.

This course will be held in Venice at various venues including the Accademia, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the Giardini, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

There will be a reasonable amount of walking between venues. We cannot guarantee stools at venues.

This course takes place offsite in Venice, Italy. Offsite courses take place during public access hours. Tutors are not able to control sound levels or behaviours of visitors outside of the course group. Unless you are a wheelchair user, and have confirmed access details with us (as levels of access can vary between buildings), you will need to be able to walk between sites and stand for some time while looking at them (you may bring your own portable stool if you have one, but we cannot guarantee access to seating offsite.) If you feel you may be impacted by these environmental variations, please inform the department on before the course begins, to discuss reasonable accommodations we can make to assist your learning in offsite.

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

You will be required to book and pay for your own travel, accommodation, food, etc. Please ensure you have travel insurance. NB. This course is NOW CONFIRMED – please feel free to book your hotels and accommodation now. Please ensure you have travel insurance, as this course is exempt from our normal refunds and transfer policy.

Please also make sure you bring comfortable shoes and something waterproof. There will be a reasonable amount of walking between venues and some looking at buildings from the outside. Please note you are responsible for getting yourself to and from meeting points so please bring a city map/app.

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

You might also be interested in:
Venetian art of the 15th and 16th centuries: beauty, splendour and light
Rise and Fall of the Italian Renaissance
Contemporary art and the ocean.

Marie-Anne Mancio

Dr Marie-Anne Mancio trained as an artist before gaining a D.Phil. from the University of Sussex for her thesis ‘Maps for Wayward Performers: feminist readings of contemporary live art practice in Britain’. She is an accredited NADFAS lecturer and has lectured on art, architecture, and cultural studies for Tate Modern, The Course, Art in London, London Art Studies, and the London Art Salon. She is an accredited Art Society lecturer. Fluent in Italian and French, she lectures on City Lit’s art history study trips abroad. She has led trips to Venice, Florence, Rome, Perugia, Assisi, Amsterdam, Paris, Madrid, and St. Petersburg. Since attaining an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, her art practice has become primarily text-based, including a novel about four migrant women in antebellum America: ‘Whorticulture’.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.