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07 March 2019History of the Medici: Bankrolling the Renaissance

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History of the Medici: Bankrolling the Renaissance Douglas Skeggs Thursday 07 March 2019

The Medici’s were ruthless in their pursuit of profit yet without them we would not have such wonders as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, the Fra Angelico frescoes in San Marco, Donatello’s David or the majestic sculptures in the Medici chapel.

Held at Southampton Solent University

This study day, composed of three talks, looks into the turbulent history of this extraordinary family.

Cost: £28 to include coffee. Full details available in November.

Douglas Skeggs read Fine Art at Magdalene College Cambridge and has been a lecturer on paintings since 1980. In that time, he has given over 4000 lectures to universities, colleges and art societies. He is presently a regular lecturer at 'The Study Centre', & 'Christie's'. Among his more improbable venues for lectures are the bar on the QE2, MI5 headquarters, the Captain's Room at Lloyds, and an aircraft hangar in a German NATO base. Overseas he has lectured in Belgium, France, Germany and Spain, and has taken numerous tours around Europe. He helped set up the Abercrombie & Kent “Private Label tours” and is presently cultural adviser to Ultimate Travel.   He has written and presented various TV documentaries, notably the Omnibus programme on 'Whistler.' Three one-man exhibitions of his paintings have been held in England and Switzerland.