Video-lecture: Raffaello 1520-1483:
A chance to get a tantalising flavour of this fascinating exhibition, which was only open for two days before Covid19 caused its closure. Rosa Maria picks out its highlights, including some of the new discoveries made during the restoration of the Vatican's Sala di Constantino. The video offers a chance to study details of some of the paintings and even more of the drawings, reminding us just how exquisite they are.
- Suzanne Burge, May 2020
Video-lecture: Raffaello 1520-1483:
This film presents an intimate introduction to the superb exhibition of Raphael’s work that has been on display behind closed doors in Rome since March 2020. While the organisers are hoping to extend the length of the display, to allow the public to see these assembled treasures, Dr. Rosa Maria Letts provides us here with an opportunity to see and to reflect on some of the works that have been assembled, and to think about the new aspects of Raphael as an artist that the exhibition brings to light. Not least of these is the discovery during restoration of the remarkable figures of Justice and Love depicted in the Vatican Sala di Constantino in Raphael’s own hand, which were previously thought to be the work of his followers. Some of his exquisitely sensitive portraits are all discussed, in intelligent commentary infused with an evident and infectious love of the matter in hand. But what made the deepest impression on me were his drawings, shown here to superb effect alongside their respective paintings. It is in the drawings that we see his true genius and vision.
- Valery Rees, May 2020
Florence: "The Spring of the Renaissance offered a visit to the wonderful exhibition in Palazzo Strozzi, a magical chance to see the newly restored frescoes in Santa Croce close up, an extraordinary opportunity to visit the restorers at Ospedale delle Pietre Dure, and revisiting old friends in the Bargello, plus good company and great meals. Classical Artstur!"
- Suzanne Burge
I highly recommend Artstur if you like a small group and have a special interest in what the tour is going to offer you. It is not the usual Grand Tour of a city like Florence for example when one dips into all aspects of the city, but with Artstur, one is brought on a special visit, in a special way, to see a particular aspect of the Artistic journey which is so enlightening!
- Valerie Sheridan Thompson
In the spring I went with Artstur on their Art and Wine tour in Eastern Sicily and I can thoroughly recommend it. It was a small group which made the visits to three vineyards with wine tasting and delicious food very enjoyable. The tour also included visits to the main Greek and Roman sites in the east of Sicily and an expedition into the lava fields of Mount Etna. Because of the small group a lot of extra details were packed in making the whole tour interesting and unusual.
- Anne Durbin
The organization of your institution at the Bagni di Pisa Hotel in this tour has been fantastic. A total Tuscan atmosphere, very civilized. I found some old friends whom I convinced to join me to see Turandot which was a real spectacle. The same on the previous night with Rigoletto - bellisimo! Many foreigners and a group from the Metropolitan were there, all enthusiastic. As a local, the niece of Puccini was there; I promised to go and see her at her house there, where is the Puccini Museum.
- Viscountess Hambleden
I have been on several tours with Artstur and have always been impressed by the number of people who return time and time again.
- Jan Wright
Just to say thank you so much for the tour today. We were so impressed by Stefania's knowledge and thoroughly enjoyed the morning. We felt that we had learned a great deal in a short space of time.
- Jane Richardson (regarding the Borghese Gallery & Baroque Rome tour)