Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo – A Fresh Look

Art History

Residential course

Phil Grabsky

11 November 2022 to 13 November 2022

From £252 Non-residential fee

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Award-winning author and director 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 cinema 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.

Phil Grabsky is unique: he had made three award-winning cinema films about Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo – and, in doing so, has learnt an incredible amount about their art, their lives and their societies.  Phil – one of the UK top filmmakers – has lectured at Dillington many times, and is warmly welcomed back to help us explore these giants of the Renaissance – and have a chance to watch all three films in the presence of the film-maker.

Each day will end with a screening of an entire film.

Everyone welcome, if you are interested in art or history – or simply watching great films.

Residential Fees From: £376.   Non Residential: £252

Course runs from Dinner on Friday to Lunch on Sunday.

Tutor information

Phil Grabsky is a filmmaker who has won multiple awards for his directing, writing, producing and cinematography.

He and his company Seventh Art Productions are 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 on TV & DVD worldwide.

Among the many films Phil has directed in the past for television are multiple singles for Channel 4, ITV, the BBC, Discovery, A&E, PBS, Sky Arts and others, as well as major series such as I Caesar – the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. Seventh Art has also made six enormously popular history films with Monty Python’s Terry Jones, alongside being the world’s biggest producer of arts film for cinema and TV over the last 20 years.

Phil Grabsky also made the first surround-sound documentary The Lost Temple of Java for the BBC and the world’s first 3D visual arts film, ‘Tim Marlow on British Sculpture at the Royal Academy of Arts’ for Sky Arts 3D.

Phil’s Great Composers series includes the 4 In Search Of films, each exploring the life and music of a different classical composer (Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and Chopin), as well as the groundbreaking feature Concerto – A Beethoven Journey following world-famous pianist Leif Ove Andsnes on his journey to play and understand the five Beethoven piano concertos.

Phil has also written four history books, including The Great Artists – co-authored with Tim Marlow – and the best-seller The Great Commanders. He is regularly involved as a judge for the Emmys, Bafta, Grierson and One World awards, and has won numerous personal awards himself including Royal Television Society awards for both ‘Best Director’ and ‘Services to Television’, and a Voice of the Listener and Viewer Award for ‘Services to Education.’

Phil also lectures and gives masterclasses, and has been invited to talk on Radio 3 (In Tune), Radio 4 (the Today Show, Start the Week, The History Quiz), Radio 5, BBC Southern Counties (Breakfast show, Film Review, Music of my Life), Classic FM, LBC, Talksport, BBC World Service and similar more internationally.  He also attends many question & answer sessions with his films in the UK and around the world.

In 2009, Phil and his colleagues began work on a new arts genre for the cinema: Exhibition on Screen. This brings major art exhibitions – and the stories of both the galleries and the artists – to cinema, mainstream television and home entertainment platforms worldwide. The Guardian newspaper said of Exhibition on Screen: ‘Just occasionally something will crop up that restores your faith in humanity’s future. Exhibition on Screen is a global phenomenon’. Exhibition on Screen now plays in 1500 cinemas worldwide and has produced 27 films on beloved artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, David Hockney and Frida Kahlo.

More information is available at seventh-art.com and exhibitiononscreen.com.

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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.

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All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled by Dillington House. See our Terms and conditions for more information.