5 October 2006 -
7 January 2007

At Home in Renaissance Italy

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For information and to book call +44 (0) 20 7942 2211 or email bookings.office@vam.ac.uk.

A varied programme of events for general and specialist interest complements the exhibition. All events are free and drop-in unless otherwise stated.


At Home in Renaissance Italy

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 November, 10:30 - 17:00
Conference offering an insight into the Italian Renaissance domestic interior; its character, contents and the processes of everyday Renaissance life.

Cost: £52 for one day (including V&A Members and Patrons). Concessions: £44 senior citizens; £20 disabled people, ES40 holders and students. Two days £100/£88/£36. One free lecturer’s ticket is offered for every 10 student tickets booked and one free place is available to a carer accompanying a disabled person. Ticket price includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. Tickets must be booked in advance by calling +44 (0) 20 7942 2211 or emailing bookings.office@vam.ac.uk.


Gilding Techniques

Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 October, 10.30-16.30
Discover the art of water gilding, including layering, burnishing and decorative techniques.
Cost: £76

The Dyer's Workshop: Renaissance Colours

Friday 13 October, 10.30-16.30
Learn the ‘segreti per colori’ (secrets of colours) used by 15th century Renaissance dyers, as you create your own sumptuous range, from scarlet silk to saffron velvet.
Cost: £38

Renaissance Embroidery for the Modern Home

Sunday 15 October or Tuesday 14 November, 10.30-16.30
Focusing on embroidery methods, design and application, create your own piece for the modern home by drawing on the historic techniques of the Renaissance period.
Cost: £38

An Introduction to Italian Renaissance Art

Friday 3 November, 11.00-16.00
Understand the origins of the Italian Renaissance and explore iconography and technical methods by examining the works of great masters such as Giotto, Donatello, Masaccio, Leonardo and Michelangelo.
Cost: £38. Concessions: £32 senior citizens,£12 students, disabled people and ES40 holders.


Life Casting

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October, 14.00 –17.00
Led by sculptor Al Johnson, observe the many processes leading to the finished cast.

The Dyer's Workshop: Renaissance Colours

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December, 14.00 – 17.00
From scarlet to saffron, the closely guarded recipes derived from a 15th century manuscript Segreti per Colori will be prepared and used to dye a sumptuous range of silks and velvets.

Italian Bargello Embroidery: The Renaissance at Home

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December, 14.00 – 17.00
This form of embroidery originated in Medieval Italy, characterised by a distinct flame-stitch pattern. The demonstration will show how this most traditional of designs is used today.

Pinpointing the Collections Talks

Wednesdays, 18.30 – 18.50

Grand Entrance

4 October

Sarah Bercusson: The Martelli Mirror

11 October

Anne-Marie Eze: Race & Rulership in Renaissance Florence

18 October

Katy Temple: Two Renaissance Plaquettes

25 October

Simon Carter: Samson Slaying A Philistine

Wednesday Late View

Special pre-lecture talk

The Life and Recipes of Renaissance Italy

Antonio Carluccio
Wednesday 25 October, 18.15-18.45
Antonio Carluccio is a restaurateur, author and celebrated cook. He opened his first Carluccio's Caffè in 1999 with his wife Priscilla with a vision to provide a caffè and food shop offering real Italian food. They searched every region of Italy for only the finest quality ingredients. Antonio will share his passion for Italian food and discuss the life and recipes of Renaissance Italy.

As a special event before the At Home In Renaissance Italy lecture tickets are free, but booking is essential. To book call +44 (0) 20 7942 2211 or email bookings.office@vam.ac.uk.


At Home in Renaissance Italy

Dr Marta Ajmar Wollheim and Dr Flora Dennis, exhibition curators
Wednesday 25 October, 19.15-20.10
From a reconstruction of the Medici study to a sumptuous Venetian bedroom, gain an insight into the relationship between paintings, sculptures and tapestries, family mementoes and objects in the Italian Renaissance domestic interior.

Palaces and Villas of the Renaissance

Dr Paula Nuttall, course tutor, V&A Medieval and Renaissance Year Course
Wednesday 29 November, 19.15-20.10
This lecture considers how ideas drawn from classical antiquity transformed the design of palaces and villas - from Florence to Urbino, Rome and the Venetian villas of Palladio.

Shopping in the Italian Renaissance

Professor Evelyn Welch, Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary
Wednesday 13 December, 19.15-20.10
Buying fashion, furniture and exotic foods was as popular in the 15th and 16th centuries as it is today. Discover the many ways Renaissance men and women gained luxuries and essential items.

An Italian Christmas

Wednesday 20 December, 18.00-22.00
Enjoy Renaissance dance, music, wine tasting and other festive delights. In the Renaissance, Christmas festivities were followed by Carnival celebrations and we invite you to take part in a demonstration of Venetian Carnival feather headpieces at this very special Wednesday Late View.

The River Café: An Italian Feast

Rose Gray, Chef and Co-Owner of The River Café
Wednesday 20 December, 19.15-20.10
As part of An Italian Christmas, internationally recognised Chef Rose Gray talks about how she came to be an Italian cook, and how it has influenced the way she celebrates Christmas.

Cost for lectures: £7 (including senior citizens, V&A Members and Patrons). Students, disabled people and ES40 holders: £5.50. A free place is offered to a carer accompanying a disabled person.

Talks and Workshops for People with Disabilities

Free (advance booking essential, includes up to two carers)

Talk for Hearing Impaired People in British Sign Language

Interpreted in sign supported English
Wednesday 13 December, 18:30-19:15

Talk and Object Handling Session for Visually Impaired

Thursday 7 December, 11:00-12:30

Mental Health Service Users

6, 13, 20, 27 November, 14.00-16.00
Use your creativity and writing skills to design and create your own room

Christmas Events For Families

Mask Making

Wednesday 27 December – Monday 1 Jan, 11.00 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 16.00
Decorate your own Italian carnival mask, using a variety of festive materials. If you make a mask on 30 December you can watch The Intention Drama Company performing Commedia dell’ arte, and at the end you can have a go at some of the acting techniques.

Commedia dell'Arte

Presented by The Intention Drama Company
Saturday 30 December, 12.00, 14.00 & 16.00
Meet the clown Arlecchino, the cowardly Captain of Adventure, and the intelligent and beautiful Isabella, and watch as the actors become different characters by changing their fabulous coloured masks.

Musical Instrument Handling Sessions

Thursday 28 & Friday 29 December, 12.00, 14.00 & 15.30
Our musician will introduce instruments of the period alongside stories of Renaissance life and music. Children will have the opportunity to handle some of the instruments.

Silent Knight – Armour Handling Sessions

Monday 1 – Wednesday 3 January, 11.00 , 14.00 & 15.00
Hear tales of chivalry, handle Italian armour and watch a knight prepare for battle as he dons his armour, shield and sword.

Design a Miniature Room

Tuesday 2 – Sunday 7 January, 11.00 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 16.00
Make and decorate your own miniature model Renaissance furniture and create your own Italian room.

Educator’s Private View

Friday 6 October, 18.30-21.15

For teachers and lecturers working in the formal education sector.
Includes short talks by curators.
Pay bar. Free, but booking essential.