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Celebration of Giovanni Bellini

The University of St Andrews is to commemorate the life and work of Venetian Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini.

The two-day event (Friday 10 and Saturday 11 March 2000) will include a lecture from Dr Keith Christiansen, Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and an international conference featuring speakers from different corners of the art world.

The celebration is being organised by Professor Peter Humfrey, Head of the School of Art History who has a special interest in Venetian painting of the Renaissance period and is currently editing a volume of essays on Giovanni Bellini. Bellini, who died in 1516, is famous for paintings such as Agony in the Garden, Madonna and Child and St Francis in the Desert.

Dr Christiansen will deliver the annual O. Elfrida Saunders Lecture on the Italian painter in the University’s Buchanan Lecture Theatre at 5.15pm on Friday 10 March 2000. A leading authority on Italian Renaissance and Baroque painting, Christiansen has organised several major international exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum. The annual memorial lecture, which is open to the general public, commemorates the life of Octavia Elfrida Saunders. One of the first women to be appointed to a Lectureship at St Andrews, she taught German in the University session of 1914/1915.

The following day, a conference will be held featuring speakers from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the German Institute in Florence, the University of Bologna and the National Gallery and Courtauld Institute in London. The event will commence at 9am in School III, St Salvator’s Quadrangle, North Street, St Andrews. Tickets (costing £10 including lunch) are available from Dawn Waddell on telephone 01334 462399.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07887 650072 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: bellini/standrews/chg/8march2000/PR 1903

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