Julia Cleave
Julia Cleave

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Julia Cleave

Julia Cleave, MA (Oxon), MA (Essex)

Julia is a Fellow and member of the Academic Board of the Temenos Academy, and a trustee of the Francis Bacon Research Trust.

As a trustee of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust she is involved in organising annual conferences at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on themes as diverse as 'Shakespeare and the Mysteries', 'Much Ado about Italy', and 'Shakespeare: the French Connection'.

The main focus of her research is on tracing the presence of the hermetic and perennial traditions which are encoded in the literature and art of the Renaissance.

In recent years, in addition to lecturing for Temenos, she has presented papers at international conferences organised by the Prometheus Trust, the Canonbury Masonic Research Centre, and the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism. Topics have included:

  • Seeking the Light: How Solar Mysticism Enters the Picture
  • Giorgione: A Portrait of the Artist as Initiate
  • The Hermetic Journey of the Soul: a study of Botticelli’s Primavera
  • The Birth of Bacchus: Poussin, the Quadrivium and the Mysteries
  • Verrocchio’s Tobias and the Angel: A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthly actor

She has published reviews and articles on the philosophy of Marsilio Ficino, and on the origins of Freemasonry. Her paper on Shakespeare and the Bassano Fresco is due to be published in the 2017 edition of the journal of the Cini Foundation in Venice: Studi Veneziani.