Meetings were held at Westbury Fields Retirement Village, every second Tuesday evening in the month from October to May
Tuesday 9th October
How Renaissance art (mainly Italian) interpreted the classical literature and stories.
Almost no vice omitted !
Tuesday 13th November
David Norris on the Splendour of Roman Wall Painting
(Wednesday 14th November – in Cheltenham – Venice Opera Special: £10.00 book direct www. Italian.cheltenhamitaliansociety.org.uk)
WEDNESDAY 28th November
Tuesday 11th December
Tuesday 8th January
Paul Foss on Maria Malibran –the very first super-star?A talk about a very interesting woman - an early nineteenth century singer who can probably take the accurate accolade of being the very first super-star. Nothing very Italian about her, except that she used the language, but she led an interesting, if rather short, life (With musical and visual illustration)
Gordon Young – Dickens, Ruskin and, in contrast, a Futurist: visions of Venice in three short impactful films
Dickens journal illustrated with contemporary images; Ruskin’s love affair with the city and his dysfunctional marriage; Filippo Marinetti’s modernist visions of a commercial and industrial not a romantic, tourist Venice
unfortunately Dr Simon Stoddart of Cambridge University
a date for your diary Thursday 7th March - 7.30 pm
Bristol University free Winter Lecture: Mantegna and Bellini – family and rivalry in the Renaissance with the Director of the National Gallery Gabriele Finaldi at 12 Priory Rd Complex, off Woodland Rd
Babington's Tea Rooms is still serving Earl Grey and tea cakes at the foot of the Spanish steps in Rome. How the founding settlers made their lives in Tuscany and Italy will be explored with unpublished letters and photos.
Tuesday 8th April
Rob Andrews on Messina and Sicily - family history
MONDAY 15th April Hilda Ball and David Bruce arranged a Day trip to Wells with Italian lunch
(details confirmed by email and via the website)
Tuesday 14th May
Jonathan Camp on Giotto: The Lamentation of Christ
One of Giotto's most celebrated works, a fresco in the Arena Chapel, Padua. The art historian will examine Giotto's composition, style and technique,
before going on to discuss how we might interpret the fresco in the context of medieval Italy, and how Giotto's fascination with human emotion established a western art tradition.
Saturday 1st June
Annual Italian-style Lunch and AGM held this year at Melita's house Westbury-on-Trym in her lovely garden.
Opera Relay in Millennium Square
The Marriage of Figaro