Deborah Howard

Wednesday 4 April 6.00pm
ICTE Auditorium, Sir Llew Edwards Building   

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How were the 'middle classes' in Venice distinguished by rank, wealth, and taste? The cittadini of Venice are best-known to art historians through their patronage of the great citizens' guilds or Scuole Grandi. But they also commmissioned works of art and architecture in their own right. Often highly educated and prosperous, they proved to be ambitious clients for artists of the Venetian Renaissance. This lecture challenges the common perception that their tastes in art were less refined than those of the ruling nobility.

Deborah Howard is Professor of Architectural History in the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art at the University of Cambridge. A graduate of Cambridge and of the Courtauld Institute of Art, she taught at University College London, Edinburgh University and the Courtauld Institute, before returning to Cambridge in 1992. She has held visiting appointments at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Smith College, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and the Villa I Tatti in Florence. Her principal research interests are the art and architecture of Venice and the Veneto; music and architecture in the Renaissance; and the relationship between Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean. In 2005 she established the Centre for Acoustic and Musical Experiments in Renaissance Architecture (CAMERA) in the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010. Her most recent books are Sound and Space in Renaissance Venice: Architecture, Music, Acoustics (Yale University Press, 2009, with Laura Moretti), and Venice Disputed: Marc’Antonio Barbaro and Venetian Architecture 1550 – 1600 (Yale University Press, 2011).



Deborah Howard