Press Release: The Italian Trio…Botticelli, Michelangelo and Fra Angelico

29 July 2011

Buckingham’s much loved History of Art and Heritage public lecture series returns this summer and we invite you to step back in time with us to revisit the lives and works of three of the worlds most famous artists, sculptors and painters.

Tuesday 2 August 2011, 18:30


Sandro Botticelli – Life, Art and Legend

In this lecture Jeremy Howard explores the life and art of one of Florence’s most popular and familiar, but in some ways most enigmatic of artists, and the ways in which our attitudes towards his art have been shaped by his later admirers such as the Pre-Raphaelites.

Tuesday 16 August 2011, 18:30


Finding Fra Angelico in Oxford: Concluding the Story of a Medici Masterpiece from Florence?


Mr Michael Liversidge, Consultant to the MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors course at the University of Buckingham, will discuss the Fra Angelico discovery made four years ago, and subsequent developments which culminated in an exhibition at San Marco in 2008-09.

Tuesday 6 September 2011, 18:30

Breaking the Rules: Michelangelo as an Architect

Michelangelo Buonarroti – perhaps best-known as a sculptor and painter – was also an original, inventive and influential architect. In this lecture Dr Nicola Smith will explore how Michelangelo experimented with the grammar of classical architecture, challenged established norms and seemed to set out deliberately to ‘break the rules’. The result was some of the most exciting buildings of the age, including the New Sacristy and Library at San Lorenzo, Florence, and some grand designs on a huge scale in Rome.

Our public lectures are free to attend and open to all.

Notes to Editors:


The University of Buckingham public lectures are held in the Ian Fairbairn Lecture Hall, Chandos Road Building and commence at 18:30.  Drinks are served in Seminar Rooms 4 & 5 following the lectures for all those who would like to stay for a short time of informal discussion.

Free parking is available off Hunter Street or opposite the Chandos Road Building.


For further details please contact us on: +44 (0)1280 820 213, or email:

  • Mr Jeremy Howardis Head of Art History at the University Buckingham and Senior Researcher at Colnaghi.


  • Mr Michael Liversidge is Consultant to the MA in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors course at the University of Buckingham and Emeritus Dean of Arts at the University of Bristol.


  • Dr Nicola Smith is Director of Art Pursuits UK and Fellow of the University of Buckingham.