Announcing the John Julius Norwich Memorial Appeal
In memory of Venice in Peril’s much-loved and celebrated Chairman, John Julius Norwich, an appeal for £100,000 has been launched to conserve the iconostasis in the cathedral of Torcello.
This project was chosen because it recalls his lifelong devotion to Venice and Byzantium.
The iconostasis is a screen between the nave and the sanctuary. It has been described by Paul Williamson, Keeper Emeritus at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as being ‘of striking significance for early Venetian art: it is not only beautiful in all its parts but perfectly illustrates the pervasive influence of Byzantium combined with the nascent realism of Italian late Gothic painting’. Paul Williamson’s article on the iconostasis will appear in our Winter 2018 Newsletter.
The earliest stonework dates from around 1100 with the 13 tempera panels of the apostles flanking the Virgin and Child, painted in the early 15C, probably by Zanino di Pietro. Both the structure and the painted panels are in need of conservation work.
This will be a joint project with SAVE Venice Inc, our sister organisation in the USA which is launching its own appeal.
Many Venice in Peril supporters will have personal memories of John Julius. Please share them with us.
Thank you for your support.
Chairman of Venice in Peril
You can donate by the following methods:
By online donation
By cheque made out to Venice in Peril (JJN), send to Hurlingham Studios, Ranelagh Gardens, London SW6 3PA
Download the JJN Memorial Appeal form
Telephone 020 7736 6891 to make a donation by credit card
BACS transfer to Venice in Peril (UK Bank Sort Code 301674, Account No. 26670568). Please use the payment reference JJN MEM.
Photo credit: reproduced by kind permission of the Patriarchate of Venice - Torcello/Matteo De Fina