Cultural Travels from Home: The Frari Basilica in Venice

Thursday 28th September 11.00AM BST


In our series of online webinars, we visit artists, art historians and guides in cultural cities around the world and enjoy an hour’s guided tour, museum visit or demonstration. The visits are live and interactive, allowing you to ask questions. These webinars will enable you to gain special access to sites, studios and galleries whilst at the same time providing a wonderful opportunity to travel virtually from home, no matter your location.

Today we are thrilled to have been given permission to film the world’s first livestream broadcast direct from the Frari Basilica in Venice which will be led by Dr Luisella Romeo, one of the city’s most authoritative and popular guides. All bookings will include a donation to the church or “virtual entrance ticket”.


The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is one of the most important and beautiful churches in Venice, containing many masterpieces of art and sculpture which never leave the city. These include Titian’s recently restored Pesaro Altarpiece and the high altarpiece dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin, which has recently been unveiled following a programme of conservation. Originally constructed in the 13th century as the main Franciscan friary in Venice (hence its name), the Frari was expanded over the years and endowed with numerous unique and priceless works of art, many of which are dedicated, like the church, to the Virgin Mary. These include Titian’s magnificent Assumption, Giovanni Bellini’s Frari Triptych and Vivarini’s Madonna and Child with Saints.

The church also contains the tombs of many notable Venetians including Titian, the composer Claudio Monteverdi and the sculptor Antonio Canova, as well as works by visiting artists such as Donatello whose powerful sculpture of St John the Baptist can be found in the chapel of the Florentine community.

It is a rare privilege to see works in the locations for which they were intended and our live tour will guide us through the history of these masterpieces and their historical context. We are most grateful to Father Francesco and the church administration for giving us permission to bring you this special tour and look forward to welcoming you.

The tour is interactive, so you will be able to put questions to our guide throughout the visit. Our events use the most up-to-date technology to provide you with the best possible virtual experience.


This is a live event starting at 11.00am (UK time).  It will last approximately one hour including interactive Q&A. Tune in live from anywhere in the world, or if you cannot participate live, you will automatically be sent a recording soon after the end of the session enabling you to watch later that day or during the following 2 days. Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed.

Booking closes the day before the event is streamed. Please refer to the Further Information panel below.

Art History in Focus is proud to have initiated the concept of online tours in many major European museums and historic sites. We are delighted to have developed these collaborations which continue to raise important funds for the galleries and cultural sites as well as those working in the cultural sector.

Further Information


1. BOOK.

Click on the gold “Book This Course/Event” button, fill in the online booking form and pay online. You will be notified automatically by email once your booking has been accepted.

Please ensure you enter your email address correctly, as your Zoom link will be sent to this address, thank you.

The participation fee is £13 per person, if making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses and book them as separate participants.


Download ZOOM once you have booked – please print/download the instructions in this downloadable link and read them carefully. Zoom works best when using Google Chrome.


You will receive an email approximately 24-48 hours in advance of the event asking you to register.** This is a privacy function enabling only registered participants to attend. After registering you will automatically receive the Zoom log in link both on your screen and by email, please keep this safe.

** Please note that these details are sent out in office hours, so if you book on a weekend you may not receive them until Monday. You must register with the same name that you have booked under, otherwise you may not be able to watch. If you have not received your email confirmations, please check your ‘deleted items’ and ‘junk mail’ folders or click here for advice.


Join the lecture up to ten minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working.

If you are not able to watch the lecture at the time it is live-streamed, you can watch on catch up. Just book online as normal and you will be contacted soon after the event with instructions on how to access the recording. This will be available to watch on catch up later that evening and for the following 2 days. You do not need to advise us if you can’t participate live, don’t worry! Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed

Bookings close the day before the lecture is streamed.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event. We regret that we are unable to offer technical support with Zoom but tips can be found in the attachment. If you would like to book more than one event, please book separately for each lecture that you would like to attend, thank you. If you are booking for more than one person, it is important that you include their email address so that we can send them the lecture link too. We regret we are unable to offer refunds but don’t worry if you are not able to attend, as we will send you the recording link.

Image: Titian’s recently restored Assumption of the Virgin, 1516-18. Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice. Photo credit: Luisella Romeo