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Get inspired by the magnificent art and architecture of Renaissance Venice
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Delight in the special magic of Venice in the evenings, long after the throngs have departed
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Dig in to the history of Venetian painting in Sean’s exclusive seminars
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Savour the flavours of traditional Venetian cuisine

Renaissance Venice

Mar 28 - Apr 03, 2023

7 days | Italy | Literary Adventures

Immerse yourself in the beauty and innovation of Renaissance Venice through its architecture, art, and music. Our “slow travel” approach offers you a full week of exploration: Visit famous and lesser-known sites at a pace that allows you to fully benefit from the expertise of our guides and leave with a rich understanding of what made the Venetian Renaissance unique.

Start with the Basilica of San Marco and its own version of the Gothic, with touches of the Byzantine. With our local guide, trace the architectural history of the city from the exquisite Ca’ d’Oro (Palazzo Santa Sofia) to the top of the towering Campanile. And then to the grand classicism of Palladio, whose influence is still felt throughout the Western world. Feel the resonance of Palladio’s great churches — San Giorgio Maggiore and Il Redentore.

We’ll have other wonderful guides, too. Writings by Goethe, Ruskin and Palladio himself will offer the perceptions and responses of fine eyes and minds.

Move on to experience the beauty of Venetian painting, from the charming style of Carpaccio to the enigmatic artistry of Giorgione, from Titan’s graceful figures to the dark power of Tintoretto. The colour harmony of Giovanni Bellini’s altarpieces has rarely been equaled. Titian, his student, mixed realistic techniques from the North with traditional Italian classicism. Of Renaissance painters, Velázquez said that above all others, “Titian wears the crown.” Then came Veronese, whose decorative paintings in the Doge’s Palace celebrate Venice’s wealth and power, a republic that lasted 1,000 years despite countless wars on sea and land. And Tintoretto, whose gigantic, powerful Biblical scenes in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco were painted to mark Venice’s recovery from the plague.

Venetian artists, more than Florentine ones, used brilliant colour and strong contrasts of light and dark. The lavish colours available to Venetian artists came from the republic’s maritime trade with the Eastern Mediterranean and the Far East. Ultramarine literally means “beyond the sea,” and refers to the blue pigment made with lapis lazuli from Afghanistan. Venetians also used such pigments to make rich textiles and their famous glass.

Finally, listen to the marvelous music being written and performed. Like his fellow artists and architects, Claudio Monteverdi looked to classical sources when he created Orfeo, the first great opera. Monteverdi used tone painting to create colour and drama in his music. He has an emotional affinity with Titian, a topic we will explore in our seminar discussion. During our stay in Venice we will have the opportunity to enjoy concerts in beautiful locations (subject to schedules.)

Venice is a city unique in the world: stone emerging from water, winding canals and winding streets. A city of reality, of illusion, of East and West, of domes and towers, sparkling sunlight, and strange mists. An inspiration for so many writers, artists, and travellers over the centuries. An inspiration for you.
Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$5995  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; most meals; seminars with Sean Forester; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English-speaking guides; taxes and gratuities.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Venice
2Basilica of San Marco, Doges Palace and Church of San Zaccaria
3Academia Galleries and Grand Canal cruise
4Titian masterpieces as the Church of the Frari and Scuola Grande di San Rocco
5Ca’ d’Oro and Peggy Guggenheim Collection
6San Giorgio Maggiore and Giudecca Islands
7Depart Venice
Optional Extension: Palladio’s works in and around Vicenza
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Your Tour Leader

Sean Forester is a San Francisco–based artist and lecturer. He lived in Italy for ten years and trained as a classical painter at the Florence Academy of Art. Sean is Director of Art History, Humanities, and Composition at the Golden Gate Atelier.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$5995  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; most meals; seminars with Sean Forester; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English-speaking guides; taxes and gratuities.

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