School of Art
British Artists in Italy
A Museum and Gallery Studies Degree Exhibition18 April – 13 May 2005
20 June – 16 September 2005
Streets flooded. Please advise.[Robert Benchley, telegram from Venice]
Venice, Florence and Rome and its environs have for centuries been a ‘Paradise of Exiles’ (Shelley), a magnet for artists drawn to Italy’s history, culture and Mediterranean climate — whether as ‘cultural pilgrims’ enacting their own version of the Grand Tour or as Prix de Rome winners in residence at the British School at Rome. With works primarily drawn from the School of Art Collection, the exhibition explores the subjects and themes that have preoccupied artists: the cities, ancient and new, their environs, the grand architecture of the Coliseum, Rialto and Duomo, and the vernacular hill farms, shrines, churches and villages of Tuscany and the Campagna.
Amongst the artists represented are: Robert Austin, Frank Brangwyn, Alistair Crawford, Evelyn Gibbs, Edward Bouverie Hoyton, Sydney Lee, Mortimer Menpes, William E.C. Morgan, Fred Richards and James McNeill Whistler. The exhibition was researched and curated by third year students of the School of Art: Alexander Flowers, Stephen Merriott, Alexandra Smith and Maddi Wooldridge.