On 21 and 22 October 2016, the History of Art department celebrated 40 years of teaching History of Art in Venice at the Warwick in Venice Teaching and Research Centre, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava.
Warwick's Venice Programme is a unique initiative by a British university, giving undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to spend a full university term in Venice studying the city's art, history and culture through courses taught by Warwick staff who are leading scholars in these areas.
Alumni, friends, former staff and local dignitaries from Venice’s academic community met for an anniversary dinner, tours of the city and a careers event led by our alumni for our current students. The weekend included a visit to the Venice in Peril Fund Exhibition 'Restoring Venice', on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1966 flood.
Professor Tracy E. Cooper (Temple University, Philadelphia) gave a lecture on the subject of 'The Last Dogaressa: Material Presence, Gender, and Elite Identity in Early Modern Venice'. Professor Cooper is author of the award winning book 'Palladio's Venice: Architecture and Society in a Renaissance Republic'.
The Warwick programme has been running for over 40 years in Venice and the University's base, the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, provides a unique focus for our teaching and research activities in the city.