Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo

Art History

Residential course

Phil Grabsky

12 February 2021 to 14 February 2021

From £233 Non-residential fee

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Award-winning author and director, Phil Grabsky, comes to Dillington House to present a weekend of revealing talks and films exploring just who really were the great artists Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo. Each has been the subject of a highly successful film produced/directed/co-written by Phil and with a mix of clips and images as well as fun & fascinating facts he will during the sessions peel back the myths and misunderstandings to reveal a fresh and moving account of their lives, their societies and, above all of course, their art. Each day will end with an optional chance to attend a screening of an entire film.

Residential Fees From: £348.   Non Residential: £233

Tutor information

Based in Brighton, East Sussex, Seventh Art Productions was founded in 1984 by award-winning British filmmaker Phil Grabsky, who continues to write, direct and produce many of its films today.
Seventh Art Productions is behind cinema films such as Muhammad Ali – Through the Eyes of the World, In Search of Beethoven, In Search of Mozart and The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan. These films have played in cinemas and festivals worldwide, winning dozens of awards. Many of these have enjoyed exceptional theatrical successes across the globe: in Australia both In Search of Mozart and In Search of Beethoven played in cinemas for months and entered the all-time top grossing documentaries.

Among Seventh Art Productions’ many other films are multiple singles for major UK TV networks such as Channel 4 and BBC, as well as major series such as I Caesar – the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire (a six-part series for the BBC) and ITV’s Great Art (now approaching its fourth season). Seventh Art Productions has also made six enormously popular history films with Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
Phil Grabsky, working with director David Bickerstaff, has also completed the acclaimed short documentary Heavy Water: A Film for Chernobyl, exploring the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. Two more co-directed films with David Bickerstaff are Making War Horse – a film following the smash hit National Theatre production of Michael Morpurgo’s novel of the same name – and The Making of Swallows and Amazons. Both films featured on Channel 4. Phil Grabsky also made the first surround-sound documentary, The Lost Temple of Java, and the world’s first 3D visual arts film, Tim Marlow on British Sculpture at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Seventh Art Productions has also produced the critically acclaimed Great Composers series – four spectacular feature documentaries on Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Chopin – and the stand-alone film Concerto: A Beethoven Journey, which follows world famous concert pianist Leif Ove Andsnes’ four-year quest to understand, master and interpret Beethoven’s five piano concertos. To mark Beethoven Year 2020 (a global cultural event celebrating 250 years since Beethoven was born) the complete Great Composers collection and Concerto will return to cinemas for a limited time only.

Seventh Art Productions are also behind the unique arts brand EXHIBITION ON SCREEN. This brings major artists, exhibitions and art institutions to a cinema, television and home entertainment audience worldwide. The UK’s The Guardian newspaper said: “Just occasionally something will crop up that restores your faith in humanity’s future. EXHIBITION ON SCREEN is a global phenomenon.” EXHIBITION ON SCREEN is now playing in over 60 countries and is currently in its seventh season with feature films of Leonardo da Vinci, Lucian Freud and Frida Kahlo – plus a special on how the Easter story has been told through art.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.