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Full Series – Dante’s 700th Anniversary – Parts I, II & III

Tuesday, 26 October 2021
Tuesday, 2 November 2021
Tuesday, 9 November 2021
10am PST
1pm EST
6pm BST
7pm CEST

With Chris Wiscarson and Gregory Dowling

No poem in history has inspired more great artists than Dante’s Divine Comedy: Botticelli, Delacroix,  Wiiliam Blake, Auguste Rodin, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali; and Gustave Doré whose extraordinary engravings brilliantly capture Dante’s journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.

We will explore key moments on Danté’s journey, drawing out the Divine Comedy’s deeply sensual  narrative, and how that  has provoked very different artistic interpretations from the bizarre to the beautiful to the profound.  We  will see how artists have responded to: Dante’s precocious understanding of the universe; Dante’s relationship with the Roman poet Virgil, and the role of reason in life; and the Comedy’s underlying theme of love that is so exquisitely captured in Rodin’s The  Kiss.

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Your Lecturers

Chris Wiscarson

Chris has lectured extensively on 20th century art, thrillingly drawing out perspectives, insights and memorable interpretations of familiar and not-so-familiar paintings and sculpture. Today, Chris shares his time between Venice and London following a 45 year career in financial services which has taken him all over the world. Chris is a Fellow of King’s College London and is a regular visitor to India where he is a member of the Seva Mandir Advisory Board.

Prof Gregory Dowling

Prof 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 currently also sits on the board of directors for a new museum in Ravenna devoted to Lord Byron, which will open in 2021.

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.

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