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The Venice Programme: A Brief History

In 1967, the Department of History at Warwick sent a small number of its third year BA students to Venice, for the Autumn term.

Based in the Palazzo Brandolini d'Adda overlooking the Grand Canal, the undergraduates were taught aspects of the history and art of Renaissance Venice and Florence by Professors John Hale and Michael Mallett.

The first cohort of third year BA art history students was sent to Venice in 1976, accompanied by Professor Julian Gardner, who remembers the inaugural term vividly. Numbers have increased since then, with between 35 and 40 art history undergraduates sent to Venice each autumn. In 2007, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Warwick University’s presence in Venice.

The first cohort of Warwick art history MAs arrived in Venice in the late 1990s. They have been joined from time to time by PhD students who shepherd them and the BAs on day trips and introduce them to their dissertation topic in front of say, Altichiero or Titian. The Venice term is now fully integrated into the MA degree, which attracts students from across the globe.

Many distinguished academics have taught art history as part of Warwick's Venice Programme, including Dr Anthony Eastmond, Professor Julian Gardner, Professor Paul Hills, Dr Richard Morris and Professor Michael Rosenthal.

The History of Art Venice Programme is currently co-ordinated by Professor Louise Bourdua and Dr Giorgio Tagliaferro. The Venice teaching team includes Professor Lorenzo Pericolo, Dr Otto Saumarez Smith, Dr Danielle Stewart, Dr Naomi Vogt, Dr Sarah Walford.