Phyllis Mossman, whom many of you will know, has extended to the Friends an opportunity to come on their virtual tour of Italy at Club Garibaldi, Wellington. While we may not be able to travel to Italy at present, you could explore with them Italian history, art and architecture through its most famous villas and palaces and their remarkable occupants.

You will discover the artists, architects, patrons and other key players in the creation of papal, Medicean and Palladian villas, Savoy palaces and more. Historical events and the aesthetic and philosophical concepts that inspired their designs will provide a fascinating context for your enjoyment of the beauty of these buildings and their formal gardens.

Course Outline

  1. The Villa: antique precedents and Renaissance appropriation
  2. The Medici villas in Tuscany
  3. Palladian villas in Veneto
  4. The Savoy villas and palaces: crucial venues in the history of the Italian ‘Risorgimento’
  5. Stately palaces in Rome and other noteworthy villas throughout Italy

Co-taught by Italian language tutor and translator, Antonella Sarti Evans and former Art History lecturer at Victoria University and tour leader to Italy, Phyllis Mossman

Five Saturday mornings 2.5 hours 10am-12.30pm, with a break for morning tea/coffee

Dates Saturdays 27 February, 6 March, 13 March, 20 March and 27 March 2021

Location Club Garibaldi Level 1, corner Vivian and Tory Streets, Wellington

Cost: $250 per person; $230 Club Garibaldi and Circolo Italiano members and students. Includes morning tea catered by Rosaria from Puglia.

(Note: Course confirmation will be subject to numbers enrolling and any Covid-19 restrictions)

To book on this lecture series, please email either Antonella evans.sarti@tiscali.it or Phyllis phyllis@mossman.net.nz

The course will be held in English and it is open to the public, so please pass this on to anyone else you think might like to join us.