Venice in Peril

2024 Kirker Spring lecture

in aid of Venice in Peril Fund


Caroline Campbell
, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland

Copyright: Christie's Images/Bridgeman Images, Venetian Canal, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Past Lecture:

Tuesday 14 May 2024
Reception and Prosecco – 6.30pm*
Lecture – 7.15pm
A glass of prosecco is included with your ticket

At Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore
London SW7 2AR
Dr Caroline Campbell
Director of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Previously Director of Collections and Research at the National Gallery in London, a curator at the Ashmolean Museum, Curator of Paintings at the Courtauld Gallery, and the Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department at the National Gallery, London.
In this, the 17th Venice in Peril Kirker Spring lecture, Caroline Campbell will explore the creative impulse of water – canal, river, lagoon, sea – in the work of Venetian artists and visitors to the city, from Carpaccio and Titian, Canaletto and Tiepolo, to John Singer Sargent, Thomas Mann and John Lavery.

Caroline Campbell has curated several exhibitions devoted to Venetian art, including All Spirit and Fire: Tiepolo’s Oil Sketches (Courtauld Gallery, 2005); Bellini and the East (National Gallery and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 2005-06); Bellini and Mantegna (National Gallery and Gemaldegalerie, Berlin, 2018-19). Her love for Venetian art was honed as an MA student of Jennifer Fletcher’s at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and through the experience of working as Assistant Curator of the National Gallery’s Titian exhibition in 2003.

Caroline Campbell has written widely on Renaissance art, in exhibition catalogues, academic publications and scholarly journals. Her first book, The Power of Art: A World History in Fifteen Cities, appeared in 2023. She is a Trustee of City and Guilds of London Art School, London, and of the Alfred Beit Foundation.