Art historian on the Marina Alta

Art historian on the Marina Alta
TAKING THE LEAD: Barry Venning Photo credit The Arts Society-Marina Alta

THE next presentation of The Arts Society-Marina Alta will take place at the Parador de Javea hotel next Thursday October 5.

‘Paintbrushes at Dawn’, by Barry Venning. Art Historian, OU Lecturer.

The history of art is peppered with first rate bust ups: between the great early Renaissance artists Brunelleschi and Ghiberti, between Constable and Turner, between Salvador Dali and the Surrealist leader Andre Breton

They are highly entertaining but they also tell us a great deal about key issues in art history.

Barry Venning is a historian of British Art with a particular interest in the works of J M W Turner, on whom he has published widely. He was the BBC’s script consultant for a programme on the Fighting Temeraire and has recently taken part in the making of a BBC documentary -‘The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution’.

He has published widely, including the volume on Turner in Phaidon’s Art & Ideas series and has contributed to the BBC2 documentary ‘Turner, Man of Iron’.

Barry has also published a study of John Constable’s paintings.

His interests and histeaching extend from medieval art and architecture to the art of the twentieth century.

Barry is currently Associate Lecturer with the Open University.

For further information on this and future presentations and membership, check out The Arts Society-Marina Alta website – or get in touch via email –

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