The Splendours of Venice
Hosted by Professor Ken Bartlett and Dr. Gillian Bartlett
April 20-27, 2020
Arguably the most evocative city on earth built on its most inhospitable site, Venice stands on millions of wooden piles driven into the lagoons at the head of the Adriatic. Founded by Romans escaping the Barbarian invasions, it eventually grew to be the leading trade centre in the West, growing rich and powerful from the Crusades and commerce with the cities of the Byzantine Empire.
The expansion of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th C, the discovery of faster routes to the East, and the rise of Atlantic powers led to a decline in the enormous wealth and naval supremacy of Venice. But it was the melancholy recognition that the world had changed that resulted in a new Venetian civilization – one founded on culture, pleasure, and beauty. Thus, the city of the blind doge Enrico Dandolo leading the 4th Crusade against Constantinople in 1204 became the decadent city of Giacomo Casanova (1725-98) devoted to the pursuit of sensuality and delight.
Our visit to Venice will explore all these elements of Venetian civilization. And as those who have travelled with us before know, food and wine, as well as culture and art, will form part of the experience. From restaurants sublimely located on the Grand Canal or Piazza San Marco itself to celebrated establishments known for Venetian specialties, our dining will be an integral part of our exploration of the city.
There is a world of secret places and flavours in Venice which are revealed to those who know where to look. We welcome you to join us in our exploration of this most magical of cities – La Serenissima.
Ken and Gillian Bartlett
About Professor Ken Bartlett
Professor KENNETH BARTLETT received his Ph.D. (1978) from the University of Toronto where he is Professor of History and Renaissance Studies (Victoria College). He was the Founding Director of the University of Toronto Art Centre and sits on the Boards of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and the State Hermitage Foundation.
A noted scholar, Ken is the author of The Civilization of the Italian Renaissance (1992) (2011) and The English in Italy: A Study in Culture and Politics, (1991). He has collaborated with fellow scholars on translations and editions of primary texts such as Giovanni Della Casa’s Galateo. In addition, Ken has published over 40 articles and contributions to books on various aspects of the Renaissance.
In 2005 Ken became the first professor from a Canadian University to be signed by the Teaching Company. Since then, he has produced three popular lecture series: The Italian Renaissance, The Italians before Italy, and, most recently, a 48-episode series on The Development of Western Civilization.
Ken’s commitment to teaching was acknowledged in his appointment in 2002 as the first Director of the Office of Teaching Advancement for the University of Toronto. Over his career, he has won numerous teaching awards including the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship (2005), the inaugural U of T’s President’s Teaching Award (2006), and the inaugural province of Ontario Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award (2007).
About Dr. Gillian Bartlett
Dr. GILLIAN BARTLETT is, by profession, the author of eight textbooks, a teacher, writing coach, and editor. She has worked in communication education for more than thirty years both in public and private institutions, including the National Ballet School, the University of Toronto Schools, and the School of Continuing Studies at University of Toronto. By avocation, Gillian is a passionate tourist and tour leader who has served as hostess on close to a dozen tours in Europe. Her great joy is to ensure not only the smooth delivery of a travel itinerary but also the comfort of every individual in the group.
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