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The British School at Rome, Verve

Bridget Riley's commission, ‘Verve’, is a permanent artwork painted onto the  barrel vaults of Edwin Lutyens' entrance hall at The British School at Rome. 

The first ceiling painting by Bridget Riley, it is realised in the vibrant colours of Riley’s ‘Egyptian palette’.


Riley has had a long association with the School. Since 2016, the artist has endowed the annual Bridget Riley Fellowship, which provides the opportunity for a young painter to spend six months at the school.


Modus Operandi Director, Vivien Lovell, served as Chair of the Faculty of Fine Arts, The British School at Rome, 2013 – 2020 and was retained to advise on Riley’s commission at the invitation of Mark Getty, Chair of the Council of Trustees, British School at Rome.



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'Verve', by Bridget Riley, The British School at Rome