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    OLD MASTERS AND
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    CENTURY AUDIENCE.
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    CONCEPT IN ARTS
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    AND ENTERTAINING.
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The Grand Tour in Venice

The Grand Tour was a rite of passage, a tour round Europe taken traditionally by aristocratic young men as a means of rounding off their education and sowing their wild oats before settling down to the more serious business of life. Its heyday was the eighteenth century and its goal was Italy, where many travellers acquired Old Master paintings and classical sculpture to adorn their town or country houses.


The present “Grand Tour Diaries” focus on Venice and the descriptions of visitors and residents over a period of three hundred years. In the eighteenth century travellers were attracted by its music, pageantry, art and reputation for pleasure. Despite its political decline after the Napoleonic invasions, Venice continued to be a magnet for artists, writers and composers throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, becoming a playground for the rich and famous and a happening place for contemporary artists and film-makers.


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Open Arts Archive: Michelangelo Buonarroti (attr’d), The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist

Catherine Whistler (Keeper of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum) discusses a curious work likely by Michelangelo Buonarroti of The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist from the sixteenth century and now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Open Arts Objects

This project from the Open University explores a series of vivid objects from ancient times to the present, showing how each is not merely a seductive or beautiful artwork or artefact, but can also reveal fascinating histories and connections. In short films on selected objects, members of the department showcase their innovative research to the public. The objects explored include paintings, sculpture, prints, ceramics, architecture and design, film and video, and installation and performance art. These films shed light on some of the unsolved mysteries of material objects, exploring what is left out of standard art history textbooks and they teach viewers how to look closely—a critical tool for Art History.


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Colnaghi Studies Journal -03

We are pleased to announce that the October 2018 volume of COLNAGHI STUDIES JOURNAL is now online. The current issue is largely dedicated to the renowned scholar of Venetian art, Jennifer Fletcher, in celebration of her outstanding contribution to the discipline of Art History on the occasion of her eightieth birthday.





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Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill, Masterpieces from Horace Walpole's Collection

20 October 2018
until 24 February 2019

Strawberry Hill House & Garden

Bill Viola / Michelangelo Life Death Rebirth

26 January
until 31 March, 2019

The Royal Academy, London

Lorenzo Lotto / Portraits


until 10 February, 2019

National Gallery, London