Venice in Peril

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  • ‘Vincenzo Coronelli and his Venetian Globes’

    £10.00 Tickets

    Marica Milanesi in conversation with Susan Steer

    Event date and time: 24 January 2023, 4.30pm UK time (online event – PLEASE NOTE EARLIER TIME THAN PUBLISHED IN WINTER 2022 NEWSLETTER)

    Tickets: £10 (Ticket & registration details are sent out via the VIP e-newsletter)

    Venice in Peril has recently adopted a 1693 celestial globe designed by the Franciscan friar Vincenzo Coronelli who made his name building two huge globes for Louis XIV. Marica Milanesi, professor of the history of geography at Pavia and author of an acclaimed monograph on Coronelli, will introduce us to the cosmographer and entrepreneur and explain how and why the globe is being restored in the Florentine studio of Lucia and Andrea Dori.



  • ‘Celebrating Canova at Apsley House’ New Date: 1st November

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    Please email if you would like to be put on the waiting list for 1st November

    By kind invitation of the Duke of Wellington in aid of Venice in Peril Fund and the Georgian Group

    Event date and time: 1 November, 6 to 8pm

    Place: Apsley House, 149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner W1J TNT

    Tickets: £35 & Friends £30

    A special event to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Antonio Canova, sculptor and cultural diplomat who inspired collectors across Europe.

    Hosted by the Duke of Wellington this is an opportunity to see Apsley House after hours and hear about the collection. It includes one of Canova’s Ideal Heads as well as his huge statue of Napoleon as Mars, presented to the Duke of Wellington after the Battle of Waterloo.

  • Ashley Clarke Memorial Lecture: ‘Rosalba Carriera: Portraitist of 18th-century Venice’ with Christopher Baker


    Please email if you would like a link to the recording of this year’s Ashley Clarke Memorial Lecture by Christopher Baker on 14 November

  • ‘The Gondoliers’ with Jonathan Keates


    Event date and time: 14 December, 6.30pm UK time, FREE 

    Please email for the Zoom link for this talk.

    Join us for this special Christmas online event – free to all though donations are of course welcome – as we round off this 50th Anniversary year and celebrate with a virtual drink together.
    Find out who is the real king of Barataria when Jonathan Keates shares his enthusiasm for Gilbert & Sullivan’s, ‘The Gondoliers’.
    A new Scottish Opera co-production with D’Oyly Carte Opera & State Opera South Australia has recently received great reviews and comes to the Hackney Empire for its last performances 30 March – 2 April 2022

  • ‘Music in the Ducal Chapel, St Mark’s, Venice’ with Michael Chance and Deborah Howard

    £10.00 Tickets


    NB There is no Friends’ discount for this event so please buy tickets without logging into your account.

    This lecture will take place online via Zoom.

    Ticket and registration details are sent out via the VIP e-newsletter.  Sign up for e-news at the top of the Home page to register. If you are a late registration or have not received an e-newsletter please email on the day of the talk.

    An online conversation between Deborah Howard, Trustee of Venice in Peril, who, in ground-breaking studies has explored the interaction between sound and architecture in Renaissance buildings, and Michael Chance, countertenor and Artistic Director of The Grange Festival, who performed in the much-loved 1989 recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers in St Marks. They will talk about sound experience, architectural setting and how different doges, and even the angle of mosaic tesserae, played their part in the Ducal Chapel of St Mark’s. In 2016 Venice in Peril funded the conservation of 7 manuscript choir books of 16th to 18th- century mass settings from St Marks.


  • ‘Finding Renaissance bronze-founders & sculptors in the Veneto: Joseph de Levis and Il Bresciano’ with Charles Avery

    £25.00 Tickets

    Event date and time: 21 February 6.45pm

    A joint event with the British-Italian Society

    Tickets: Friends of Venice in Peril and Members of the British-Italian Society £20, others £25, doors open at 6.30, lecture 6.45pm (ticket price includes a glass of wine after the lecture)

    NB Friends of Venice in Peril please log in to your account for the Friends’ discount for this event.  (Members of the BIS should buy their discounted tickets from the BIS website)

    At the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE

    Charles Avery is a specialist in European, particularly Italian, sculpture. A graduate in Classics from Cambridge University, he obtained a Diploma in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and a doctorate for published work from Cambridge. Charles was Deputy Keeper of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum (1966-79) and a Director of Christie’s for a decade. Since 1990 he has been an independent historian, consultant, writer and lecturer.

    Charles’ books include Florentine Renaissance Sculpture (1970), Donatello: an Introduction (1994), Giambologna, the Complete Sculpture (1987), Bernini, Genius of the Baroque (1997 – paperback, 2006), The Triumph of Motion: Francesco Bertos (1678-1741) and the Art of Sculpture (2008), A School of Dolphins (2009) and Joseph De Levis & Company: Renaissance Bronze-Founders in Verona (2016). His latest book is Il Bresciano: Bronze-caster of Renaissance Venice.




  • ‘Majlis Garden: San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice’ with Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

    £25.00 Tickets

    Event date and time:  21 March 2021, 6.45pm

    Tickets: Friends £20, others £25, doors open 6.30, lecture 6.45pm  (ticket price includes a glass of wine after the lecture)

    NB – Please log in to your Members’ account to access the Friends’ discount for this event.

    At the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE

    Todd will discuss the ephemeral garden he created at San Giorgio Maggiore for the 2021 Venice Architectural Biennale. His fruit, flower and vegetable garden was designed with a view to forming a striking and alluring landscape setting for the Majlis – a temporary installation in the monastery’s garden; its aim was to celebrate the pre-eminent role of Venice in the introduction and dispersal of exotic flora from the Orient. The garden received wide international acclaim as a contemporary and playful response to the Venetian impulse to gather, appropriate and display the rare, the useful, the exotic and the unusual.

    Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is a landscape architect, historian, author and collector. He has an international design practice based in London, is a lecturer at New York University (London), Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, and President of the London Gardens Trust. His forthcoming book English Garden Eccentrics: three hundred years of extraordinary groves, burrowings, mountains and menageries shall be published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in association with Yale University Press (UK) in April 2022.


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    ‘Venice and the V&A’ with Tristram Hunt

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    Kirker Spring lecture in aid of Venice in Peril Fund

    Event date and time: 17 May 2022   Lecture at 7pm,  Reception from 6.15pm

    Place: Royal Geographical Society, SW7 2AR

    Tickets: £25 (Please note there is no members’ discount for this lecture so please buy your tickets without logging into your account)

    The legacy of Venice is one of human creativity and cosmopolitan exchange.  The collections at the V&A demonstrate the ingenuity and skill of Venetian creativity and the idea of Venice has inspired visiting artists and writers from John Ruskin and before to the present day. Charting the dual histories of the city and the institution, Director of the V&A, Tristram Hunt, will speak to a share mission in design education, creative endeavour and awe-inspiring art. During this lecture you will meet a selection of treasures from Venice in the V&A’s collection of art, design, performance including sculpted marble, painted visions, spun glass, maiolica ceramics, intricately woven textiles and contemporary architecture and design.

    Tristram Hunt is the Director of the V&A – the worlds’ leading museum of art, design and performance.  Since taking up the post in 2017, Dr Hunt has championed design education in UK schools, encouraged debate3 around the history of the museum’s global collections and overseen the transition to a multi-site museum, with the opening of V&A Dundee, the redesign of the Museum of Childhood and the development of a new museum and open access collections centre in Stratford, East London.  Before joining the V&A, Dr Hunt was Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Education.   His latest book is The Radical Potter: Josiah Wedgwood and the Transformation of Britain (2021).

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    Premiere of 50th anniversary film & launch of Appeal for Trinity Wellhead

    £40.00 Tickets

    Event date and time: 20 September, 6.30-8.30pm

    At Paddington Works, 8 Hermitage Street, W2 1BE

    NB We are unable to offer Friends’ discounts for this event so please buy tickets without logging into your account.

    Premiere of Venice in Peril’s 50th anniversary film on current conservation projects.

    With an introductory talk on Cabianca, sculptor of the Trinity Wellhead and its statuary by Jeremy Warren, Honorary Curator of Sculpture, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Sculpture Research Centre, The National Trust.

    A short drinks’ reception will follow the film.



  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Adventures in Venice – with Jo Willett

    £10.00 Tickets

    Event date and time: 18 October, 6.30pm UK time, tickets £10

    NB There is no Friends’ discount for this event so please buy tickets without logging into your account.

    This lecture will take place online via Zoom.

    Ticket and registration details are sent out via the VIP e-newsletter.  Sign up for e-news at the top of the Home page to register. If you are a late registration or have not received an e-newsletter please email on the day of the talk.

    In 1739 the fifty-year-old Lady Mary Wortley Montagu had made secret plans to start a new life in Venice with her twenty-seven-year-old lover, Francesco Algarotti. But he remained stubbornly absent from the city of his birth. Without him, she immediately fell deeply in love with all things Venetian. Jo Willett has been an award-winning TV drama and comedy producer all her working life & has recently published a biography of ‘The Pioneering Life of Mary Wortley Montagu.’

  • Ashley Clarke Memorial Lecture: ‘Sketchbooks: why I always have mine with me’ with Matthew Rice

    £45.00 Tickets

    Event date and time: Monday, 15 November 2021, 6.30-8.30pm

    This is an in person event at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House , Piccadilly, £40 (Friends with website login) and £45 (others)

    Matthew Rice, painter and illustrator, will talk about the sketchbook as a tool and a resource, drawing on his and his father, stage designer Peter Rice’s sketchbooks, the earliest of which date from the 1940s.

    Matthew has been going to Venice every year since 1981 when he was a theatre design student at the Central School of Art. Since then, he has designed 300 mugs for Emma Bridgewater, furniture for David Linley and written and illustrated six books on architecture. Matthew’s richly illustrated guide to Venice for Penguin will be published in the spring.

  • Canaletto: Painting Venice with Monserrat Pis Marcos


    Event date and time: 11 May, 6.30pm UK time

    This lecture will take place online via Zoom.

    Registration details are sent out via the VIP e-newsletter a week before the lecture. Sign up for e-news at the top of the Home page. If you are a late registration or have not received an e-newsletter please email on the day of the talk.

    The long-awaited show featuring Canaletto’s views of Venice from Woburn Abbey opens on 17 May at the Holburne Museum in Bath. Join the curator for an online preview talk. Commissioned by the 4th Duke of Bedford the series of 23 paintings arrived in Britain in the 1730s and has rarely been loaned since then.

    This once in a lifetime exhibition will enable the close study of these paintings in an exhibition that also explores Canaletto’s life and work, alongside themes of 18th-century Venice and the Grand Tour.

    Created over a nine-year period, when the artist was at the pinnacle of his career, the Woburn Abbey paintings are the largest set Canaletto ever produced, and much the largest that has remained together. The exhibition will provide an opportunity to enjoy them at viewing height since they normally hang three deep in the dining room at Woburn where they have been since the late 18th century.

    Monserrat Pis Marcos is an art historian and curator. She graduated in Management of Cultural Heritage and Curatorial Studies and has worked for museums and cultural institutions in Spain, Italy, Denmark, the United States and the United Kingdom. Her most recent curatorial projects are Canaletto: Painting Venice (2021), Sunil Gupta: The New Pre-Raphaelites (2021), (2021), The Body Observed. Magnum Photos (2019) and Masters of Japanese Photography (2016). She is currently a curator at the Holburne Museum.

    When you join an event please make a donation in lieu of tickets.  In this way as you discover more about Venice, you will also be funding its conservation.

    Picture credit: From the Woburn Abbey Collection