Joachim Strupp’s Venice - A personal journey through Venetian art

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10 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
Duration: 6 nights
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With: Thomas Abbott


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We are pleased to announce the first of an annual series of tours in memory of Joachim Strupp, founder of Art Pursuits. These tours will be to places Joachim visited and will include several special visits to mark his skill and accomplishment in designing the very best cultural tours.

Joachim’s passion for Venice sprang from his love of art and beautiful loctions. Venice displays an unsurpassed concentration of art from his specialist periods from the Renaissance to the Baroque, in exquisite chapels, Scuola Grandi and palazzi. While living and working in Venice, Joachim met Patrizia Lerco, our tour manager, who has carefully arranged many of the special visits. Lecturer, Tom Abbott, worked with Joachim and Ulrike Ziegler, our German programme consultant, and he has led many successful tours to Venice.


"Venice’s artistic treasures range from priceless gold mosaics and enamelled artefacts of the city’s Byzantine beginnings to the grandiose spectacles and festive decorations of the age of the Grand Tour. Our tour offers a thorough - and thoroughly enjoyable - art historical introduction to the singular art and history of La Serenissima. Our journey back in time will start in the 11th century with visits to the cathedral of Torcello and the basilica of San Marco. From there we will trace the development of Venetian Gothic and Early Renaissance art and architecture, studying marble-revetted palaces, churches furnished with lavishly coloured altarpieces by the Vivarini and Giovanni Bellini, and confraternity halls adorned with Gentile Bellini’s and Vittore Carpaccio’s painted narratives. Venetian painting reached its apogee in the Cinquecento with the sensuous visual feasts of Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese. The splendour of their colouring was revived in the 18th century in the works of Sebastiano Ricci, Giambattista Tiepolo and Antonio Canaletto, bringing seven centuries of Venetian art to a glorious conclusion. Experience history at first hand and enjoy stunning works of art in their original setting."


Tom Abbott is an independent art and architectural historian. He graduated in Psychology and Art History at Carleton College, Minnesota, and studied at the Louvre School of Art History in Paris. He is a specialist in architectural history from the Baroque to the 20th. In 1987 he moved to Berlin leading tours mainly in Germany, specialising in the German capital.


BA flight from London to Venice. Transfer by water taxi to your three-star hotel, located just off the Grand Canal in a quiet part of the Dorsoduro district. Introductory walk to familiarise yourself with ‘campi e calli’ – the streets and squares of Venice.


In the morning, follow the ‘Secret Itineraries’ of the Ducal palace, giving you a unique insight into the complex civil service machinery behind the Venetian Republic’s unparalled political and economic success. In the late afternoon, we have arranged a private visit to the Correr Library for a close-up study of some fine Renaissance books, and woodcuts and engravings by Titian, attesting to Venice’s leading role in the early history of the printing press. We will see the fragile manuscripts restored through the patronage of APA, a donation initiated by Joachim. After this visit we will tour the Correr Museum after it has closed to the public. The museum documents the city’s history, with works from Carpaccio to Canova.


A day following in the footsteps of Titian: S. Maria della Salute houses an early altarpiece and Mannerist ceiling canvases by Venice’s leading Renaissance painter, while at S. Maria dei Frari the Assumption and Pesaro Madonna are two of the artist’s best-loved works. The nocturnal Martyrdom of St Lawrence in the Jesuit Church and the luminous Annunciation in San Salvador are among Titian’s awe-inspiring last works.


All-day excursion by private boat to the islands of the lagoon: a first stop at Murano will take us to see the fascinating exhibits at the glass museum and to visit the church of SS. Maria e Donato, with a beautiful 12th-century mosaic floor. After a stop at San Pietro Martire to admire a devotional painting by Giovanni Bellini continue to Burano with its colourful houses for lunch in a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon, study the splendid mosaic of the Last Judgement in the millennium-old cathedral of Torcello.


In the morning, visit to the Accademia Gallery to study works by all major Venetian painters, from Carpaccio’s narrative cycle of St Ursula and Bellini’s beautiful Madonnas to Giorgione’s enigmatic Tempest, and Titian’s unfinished Pietà. (Please note that some galleries may be closed for restoration). After some free time, there will be a special early evening visit to Ca’ Rezzonica, the Museum of 18th-century Venice set in a spacious palazzo beside the Grand Canal. Walk through elegant rooms with painted ceilings, antique furniture and paintings by Tintoretto, Longhi, Tieopolo, Canaletto and more.


The Counter-Reformation found its perfect expression in Venice in the monumental and serene ecclesiastical architecture of Andrea Palladio. In the wake of the Council of Trent, Palladio built S. Giorgio Maggiore and Il Redentore in a harmonious style for the Catholic Church. Pay homage to the decorative genius of Paolo Veronese at San Sebastiano, whose recently restored bright and colourful canvases are in contrast with the tempestuous drama of Jacopo Tintoretto’s paintings in the grandiose Scuola Grande di San Rocco. This evening there will be a farewell dinner after a special visit to San Marco for a private view of the stunning gold mosaics and the lavishly enamelled and bejewelled Pala d’Oro altarpiece.


After breakfast, transfer by water taxi to Venice airport for a flight to London.


Twin/double share: £2290 per person
Double room for sole use supplement: £380
'No flights' price: £2090 per person
Deposit: £200


  • Return flights with BA from London Heathrow to Venice
  • Transfers between airport and hotel by private water taxi and private boat to visit the islands on day four
  • Six nights’ bed and breakfast in the 3* Locanda San Barnaba
  • Three dinners and one lunch
  • Guided visits to all sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the Lecturer and Tour Manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes & gratuities for coach drivers & waiters


The villa, part of the Historical Places of Italy group, surrounds You in the atmosphere of a 17th century ancient Venetian palace, in the full splendor of the “Serenissima”. The hotel is well-known for its lush gardens and for its location: in the heart of the historic center and right next to the Grand Canal, the hotel is cherished by art lovers for its proximity with museums and for its calm and relaxing setting. The rooms, different one another, are furnished in Venetian style and overlook the canal or the inner gardens, where You can spend quiet moments savoring an aperitif.