14 MAY THE MILLE MIGLIA : CARS AND CULTURE - LECTURER LIBBY HORNER
Libby Horner is a freelance art historian, curator, film producer, lecturer and writer. She has a PhD in Victorian Art & Architecture and is an expert on Frank Brangwyn, the painter and designer and Patrick Reyntiens, the stained glass artist. She has curated a major exhibition on Brangwyn and is currently producing a new catalogue of all his works. She has worked as a graphic designer in the Middle East and in Hong Kong and been a NADFAS lecturer for 15 years. The Mille Miglia: Cars and Culture In 1955 Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson won the 1000 mile open-road endurance race in a record time of 10 hours 7 minutes, an average speed of over 98 mph, with no time for pit stops or culture! They were driving a silver Mercedes 300 SLR. Libby and her navigator repeated this journey in 2014 driving at a very different pace in a very different car, a red Alfa Romeo. This allowed them time to sample Italian architecture and art, food, wine and music, and to learn more of the cars and characters involved since the race’s inception in 1927.
Join this light-hearted, end-of-season tour around some of the iconic hill towns and villages of Italy; beautiful Soave, Palladian Vicenza, Henriques’ sculptures at Peralta, Giotto murals in Padua...... This multi-media format lecture provides a unique combination of photographs, archival film, quotations from writers and poets, songs and sounds of Italy.