Luca della Robbia, Cantoria (1431-38) (Detail), Florence, Museum dell’Opera, dell Duomo.

History of Art Course with Dr James Lawson: Renaissance in Italy: Sculpture in Italy 1401-1501

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  • Royal Society of Edinburgh, George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ
  • Fridays from 5 October to 9 November, 10:30am–12:00pm
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All lectures take place on Fridays. Please note the change of venue for these lectures.

Our sculptors belong in the continuum of history, which is not obedient to chronological neatness. 1401 was a significant date in Ghiberti’s life and for sculpture in Florence. So, from Ghiberti to Michelangelo, technical means were revived and developed. A multitude of representational purposes shifted and evolved, constructing narratives, presenting civic virtue’s exemplifications, memorialising individuals. At last, Michelangelo invested the marble with a force of life that still awes us.

5 Oct Presenting narrative –Ghiberti et al
19 Oct Proposing the exemplary –Donatello et al
2 Nov Encoding memorial values –Desiderio et al
9 Nov Monuments, statues and reliefs – Michelangelo