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15 November 2018A Family Affair: Florence & the House of Medici

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A Family Affair: Florence & the House of Medici Jo Walton BA Dip Hist Art (Oxon) Thursday 15 November 2018

Jo Walton has combined teaching and lecturing with a career in art bookselling and has been a volunteer guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. She is now a freelance lecturer for The Arts Society, the Art Fund, and Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and local art societies.


The names ‘Florence’ and ‘Medici’ are inextricably linked with each other. From the late 1300s to 1737 the family advised, ruled, were exiled, returned and ruled again in Florence in continuing cycles, eventually stamping their authority on the city with authoritarian firmness. At the same time they were responsible for helping to create one of the most vibrant artistic centres of the Renaissance and beyond. This is a story filled with larger-than-life characters and great art alongside stirring historical events, occasional assassinations, and the eventual decline of a remarkable dynasty. 

The day consists of 3 lectures, with coffee and biscuits served between the first and second. The third lecture follows a light lunch served between 1 and 2pm, this to include a glass of wine or soft drink.

Venue - Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall

Doors Open - 10.00am for a 10.30 start

Event ends - circa 3.00pm

Cost - £28 per person

Tickets available - at either our regular September and October meetings or thereafter from Roger Steel on 01372 272083