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Poets, Painters and Private Lives in Venice: Artists in 19th Century Venice

Lecturer: Douglas Skeggs

For centuries Venice had been an inspiration to artists and writers, but finally, as it slipped away into obscurity, it’s rotting remains attracted artists, poets and writers from all over the world. This lecture is a purely personal tour of 19th century Venice in search of these painters, poets and authors and the strange and often bizarre lives they led, in the city, the customs and rituals they found when they arrived, and the rich and varied succession of images they created that ultimately transformed the hard city of the Venetian Republic into the romantic legend it is today.