Byron in Venice

Thursday 25th June
6 PM BST (British Summer Time)
7 PM CEST (Central European Summer Time)

With Gregory Dowling

50 minute lecture followed by 30 minute live Q&A led by Gregory Dowling on Byron in Venice

Byron is one of the literary legends of Venice. He lived in the city for three years, between 1816 and 1819; he arrived in the city already perhaps the most famous writer in Europe and the stories of his scandalous behaviour in Venice only added to his notoriety.

However, the story of these three years is not simply one of carnivalesque excesses; during these years Byron wrote some of his best poetry. It would not be an exaggeration to say that it was in Venice – and, to a certain extent, thanks to Venice – that he became a great poet.

In this lecture we will consider the historical and biographical context of Byron’s Venetian stay and, most importantly, examine some of the works he wrote. In particular, we will look at stanzas from his wonderfully witty narrative poem, Beppo, a tale of Venetian carnival, which was to prove a trial run for Byron’s greatest literary work, the magnificent comic epic, Don Juan


Our Biographies series of lectures offer an in-depth look at the life and works of artists from experts in the field.

Our experts will provide new insights into the artists' best-known works while also drawing attention to others that might be less familiar. Each presentation will be accompanied by carefully chosen visual supports, in the form of high definition photos and videos. 

Your Lecturer

Prof Gregory Dowling

Gregory Dowling is Associate Professor of American Literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He has written numerous articles on Venice, and was responsible for the sightseeing pages of the first five editions of the Time Out Guide to Venice. He is a member of the directorial board for a new museum in Ravenna devoted to Lord Byron, which will open in 2020. He is also the author of the "Alvise Marangon" historical thriller novels set in Venice and a regular lecturer at the “Circolo Italo-Britannico” in Venice.

Event Details

Date: 25 June 2020

Start time: 06:00 p.m. GMT

End time: 07:30 p.m. GMT

Venue: Zoom Webinar


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