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Joining you on board this cruise is Professor Andrew Hopkins FSA, who will be exploring the history and life of the cities we visit. His richly illustrated presentations reveal how the architecture and urban planning over centuries are what give these towns their unique identities.
A popular lecturer for The Arts Society, Andrew is an internationally recognised authority on architecture and cities, as well as museum collections and their buildings. His presentations reveal how architects such as Andrea Palladio in the Renaissance, and Edwin Lutyens before and after the First World War, created some of the most memorable residences ever lived in, as well as making major contributions to the capital cities of Venice during the Republic, and New Delhi in India. It is these architects’ works and their urban planning, that give cities such as Venice and Delhi their unique identities and fascinating histories. Having worked in museums such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and cultural institutions such as the Getty in Los Angeles, he has a specific personal interest in museum buildings, their founders, collections and architects, and followed with great interest the plethora of Millennium Museum extensions built in the UK around 2000.
Andrew has lectured internationally for 25 years and was previously Assistant Director of the BSR Accademia Britannica of Rome. Part of his PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, was awarded the Essay Medal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Great Britain. Numerous fellowships include Harvard University, Villa I Tatti in Florence, the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, St. John’s College, Cambridge and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich. Among his many publications are Italian Architecture from Michelangelo to Borromini, Thames & Hudson 2002 (World of Art) and Baldassare Longhena and Venetian Baroque Architecture, Yale University Press, 2012. He has been an associate professor at the Università of L'Aquila in Italy since 2004.
1) Cruising the High Seas: explores the speed and style of the great ocean liners of the 20th century and also the people who sailed on them.
2) The Guggenheims: a dynasty of art collectors: explores the great artworks ammassed by this celebrated family with famous museums in New York, Venice and Bilbao.
3) The Rockefellers looks at the richest family in the United States of America, the buildings they built such as the Rockefeller and Lincoln Centers in New York, as well as their astonishing art collections.
4) The Rothschilds, an international dynasty of bankers and collectors, explores this famous family with bases in Paris and London, as well as Waddeston Manor, housing some of the choicest treasure acquired by members of this great clan.
INDIAN OCEAN The Cities of the Indian Sub-Continent; Edwin Lutyens’s Capital for New Delhi
SCANDINAVIA/BALTIC Built landscapes of the Baltic; Scandinavian Art, Architecture and Design; Three Baltic Capitals: Stockholm, Helsinki and St Petersburg
AMAZON The Amazon Opera House: Singing in the Rainforest; Visitors to the Amazon; Landscapes of the Amazon
BLACK SEA Towns and landscapes of the Black Sea; Odessa, Savastopol and Sochi