By Douglas Skeggs
Three Lectures on the art of Venice.
“The Origins of Venetian Art” looks at the dawn of the Venetian style from the gemlike paintings of Carpaccio to the serene altarpieces of Bellini.
“The Golden Age” looks at the high years of Venetian art when Titian’s works were commissioned by every patron in Europe. His style was then turned and reformed by Tintoretto and then the last glories of the Republic are demonstrated by the paintings of Canaletto.
“Poets, Painters and Private Lives” looks at the years of decline when the faded beauty of the city was discovered by Turner, Whistler, Bonnington and Sargent as well as writers such as Henry James and John Ruskin.