PREPARING THE WAY

The representation of John the Baptist
in art, music and literature


The British Institute of Florence
Harold Acton Library
Lungarno Guicciardini 9


Friday 22nd June 10.00 - 16.00


Speakers Abstracts and Biographies

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There will be a conference entitled “Preparing the Way -  the representation of the image of John the Baptist in art, music and literature”. Sara Milne, Director of the British Institute of Florence and Honorary British Consul, has offered the generous patrocinio of the The Harold Acton Library for our venue on Friday 22nd June.  Renowned sacred art historian Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Canon of Florence Cathedral and Director of Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, has graciously accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker.


Other speakers will include Professor Carolyn Gianturco, foremost expert on Stradella; Professor Corinna Salvadori Lonergan, an authority on Dante and Professor Matteo Sansone, musicologist at New York University in Florence. The conference will be chaired by Mark Roberts of the British Institute of Florence.


Keynote Speaker


“St John the Baptist in the Art of Florence”


Monsignor Timothy Verdon PhD


Canon of Florence Cathedral.  Director of the Office of Sacred Art and Church Cultural Heritage, Archdiocese of Florence. Director, Cathedral Foundation Museum (Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore),   Director, Centre for Ecumenism, Archdiocese of Florence.

Other papers will include


“The beheading of John the Baptist:  Stradella's version.”


Prof. Dr. Carolyn Gianturco D.Phil.(Oxon), DHL (Honor.)

Presidente, Edizione Nazionale dell'Opera Omnia di Alessandro Stradella

Coordinatore, Centro per la diffusione della cultura e della pratica musicale, Università di Pisa



“Dante's iconic mio bel San Giovanni.


Corinna Salvadori Lonergan, FTCD,

Associate Professor (Emeritus), President A.I.P.I.

Italian Department, Trinity College, Dublin



" ‘I am amorous of thy body, Iokanaan!’ Massenet and Strauss
coping with an aberrant femme fatale.”


Prof. Matteo Sansone PhD

Adjunct Professor, New York University in Florence



“ ‘Con sottilissimo magistero ed arte.’ the scenes from the life of
the Baptist embroidered from designs by Antonio Pollaiolo.”


Mark Roberts MBE, MA

Cultural Programme co-ordinator, British Institute of Florence


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