by Diana Gisolfi

This was a special year. The group of participants was a highly compatible mix of graduates and undergraduates, men and women, art historians and artists. Jennifer Melbe, new as printmaking professor , devoted many hours to teaching and assisting in the Scuola Grafica, reaping abundant and fine results that included a good deal of etching. Christ Wright, new as painting professor, was himself excited to be in Venice and worked closely with students, offering technical advice as well as constructive suggestions at UIA in both the studios and the garden, again yielding excellent results. Art history students enjoyed Dimitri Hazzikostas’ and Diana’s site visits and lectures on all matter from mosaics to mosaic restoration, from painting cycles to painting conservation, and architectural wonders and preservation. Two graduate students in art history worked on research for masters theses. Our all group events were many, including the traditional visit to Padua for Antonio Stevan’s lecture and generous hosting at the Giotto Chapel and Dimitri’s expertise on the Santo. The Maser-Bassano trip returned to the beautiful Trattoria al Castellaro and the hospitality of Gigi and Luisa for the midday meal in the hills above Bassano after the Villa Barabao visit with Diana; due to an enterprising student the we experienced a novel visit to secret caves used by the Resistence during World War II. Guest lecturers included Tracy Cooper of Temple University on Palladio, Paolo Spezzani of Universita` Ca’ Foscari Venice on non destructive analysis of paintings, and Stefania Sartori on wood conservation.

Pratt in Venice 2011 is June 8 – July 20 and applications are being accepted! Please get yours in by February 11!

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