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  • ‘As it was, where it was…’ The Fall and Rise of the Campanile of San Marco with Sarah Quill

    £25.00 Tickets

    Event date and time: Monday, 20 February, 6.30-8.30pm

    At the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1 0BE

    Tickets: £20 (Friends with website login) and £25 (others) – to include a glass of wine

    In July 1902 the famous bell-tower of St Mark, the city’s totemic symbol, collapsed into a pile of rubble, crushing Sansovino’s 16thC LoggeTta beneath it, and narrowly missing the slender columns of the Basilica. News of the disaster flashed by telegram round the world, and the shock and distress felt by Venetians at the sudden loss of their landmark campanile was intense. After an immediate decision by the town council that the Campanile would be rebuilt exactly as it was and where it was, the work of recovery, planning and rebuilding took ten years.

    Sarah Quill has worked between Venice and London since the 1970s, building up an extensive photographic archive of Venetian architecture, sculpture and daily life. Her book, Ruskin’s Venice: The Stones Revisited was published in 2000, followed by a new and extended edition in 2015, which has recently been translated into Italian. She lectures regularly, principally on Venetian subjects, and is a trustee of the Venice in Peril Fund.


  • ‘Trains to Venice’ with Andrew Martin

    £25.00 Tickets

    Event date and time: 13 March, 6.30-8.30pm

    At the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1 0BE

    Tickets: £20 (Friends with website login) and £25 (others) – to include a glass of wine

    Andrew Martin discusses Venice as a magnet for some notable trains of the past and present, including the Simplon Express, the Simplon Orient Express, the Venice Simplon Orient Express and the Thello overnight service from Paris. His talk will draw on timetables, literature and his own experience of going by train to Venice.

    Andrew is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He has written many books with a railway theme, including The Night Trains: the Rise and Fall of the European Sleeper, and ten novels featuring the railway policeman, Jim Stringer. His book, Metropolitain: An Ode to the Paris Metro, is out in July 2023.

  • ‘Venice and the Wallace Collection’ with Xavier Bray

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    2023 Kirker Spring lecture in aid of Venice in Peril Fund

    Event date and time: 16 May 2023   Lecture at 7pm,  Reception from 6.15pm – a glass of prosecco is included with your ticket.

    Place: Royal Geographical Society, SW7 2AR

    Tickets: £25 (Friends’ discount does not apply to this event)

    Tickets for this lecture will be posted in April to the address given with your payment.

    From Venetian glass to Canaletto’s breath-taking vedute, the Wallace Collection’s extensive holdings offer the perfect lens through which to explore the historic Italian city. Dr Xavier Bray will discuss the longstanding relationship between one of the nation’s greatest museums and Venice’s artistic tradition.

    Dr Xavier Bray is an art historian specialising in Spanish art and Director of The Wallace Collection, London, since 2016. He completed his PhD In 1999 at Trinity College, Dublin, on Goya as a painter of religious imagery. He was Chief Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London and the Museum of Fine Arts, Bilbao, as well as Assistant Curator at the National Gallery. He has curated a wide range of exhibitions including El Greco, Velazquez, The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600-1700, Murillo & Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship, Goya: The Portraits and Ribera: The Art of Violence. Since joining the Wallace Collection he has overseen and co-curated several exhibitions including Richard Wallace: The Collector, Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads and most recently with the writer William Dalrymple, Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company. He is also the lead Curator on the Wallace’s upcoming exhibition Portraits of Dogs: from Gainsborough to Hockney, which will open in March 2023.