Explore the evolution of Venetian art and culture from its dawning in the early settlements of Grado, Aquileia and Torcello, through to its prestigious expression of Ducal rule in the lagoon city – with its Byzantine inspired basilica of San Marco, the Ducal Palace, and patronage of the churches the Frari and SS. Giovanni e Paolo. Examine the city’s distinctive expression of Renaissance awakening in the painting of Giovanni and Gentile Bellini, Messina and Titian.
Presented by Dr Ursula Betka
Dr. Ursula Betka is an art historian and writer who specialises in the early to late Medieval periods of Art History in Europe and the Levant. Ursula teaches Art History at La Trobe University and the CAE. Her research and publications focus on Italian panel painting, manuscript illumination and devotional practices of lay confraternities in the regions of Tuscany and Umbria. Ursula is also a practicing artist and iconographer who regularly exhibits her work. Her work was featured on the 2018 Christmas stamp series.