Thursday 26 September 2013 2.30pm

Venice as colonial power explores the reciprocity of influences between Venice and its Mediterranean colonies. In order to secure its trading routes with the East, the Venetian Republic actively occupied islands and coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean from as early as the 11th century. Inevitably, stylistic traces of the Venetian artistic school are found all over the Croatian and Greek coast and islands. But how much did these colonies contributed to the development of Venetian art? This lecture focuses on the vigorous traffic (rather than exchange!) of materials, skills and ideas which was essential in creation of Venetian artistic reputation.

Special focus will be given to the artistic highlights and Venetian heritage in Dalmatia, a coastal province of Croatia, which was ruled by the Venetians 1420 – 1797.

In 2000-03 Nirvana ran her own art history courses in Johannesburg, South Africa, and was invited to lecture to societies and companies. Since arrival in UK in Oct, 2003, she has been working as a freelance lecturer. She regularly presents art history courses and lectures at the Manchester Art Gallery, the Walker National Gallery in Liverpool and other NorthWest art institutions and societies. She also trains galleries’ and museums’ staff and consults on programmes for the public. Nirvana also organises and leads study tours to the Western Balkans, Sweden and South Africa.


Mrs Nirvana Rommell