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Thursday, October 1

“The Mythical Triumph of Gothic Style in Early Renaissance Florence”

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Laurence Kanter, Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of Early European Art, Yale University Art Gallery

Lorenzo Ghiberti’s successful bid to win the commission for sculpting the bronze doors of the Baptistery in Florence in 1403 is commonly perceived as establishing the Gothic style as the dominant decorative form in that city, supplanted only twenty years later with the advent of Masaccio and a swing to the Classical ideals of Donatello and of Filippo Brunelleschi. This lecture introduces a number of alternative readings of history that are intended to suggest a more complex but perhaps less confusing story.
Follow this link to view a video slide show of this lecture

Thursday, October 8

“The Restoration of the Altarpiece by Lippo d’Andrea”

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Conservator Andrea Rothe

Conservator Andrea Rothe will talk about his restoration of the Museum’s Lippo d’Andrea altarpiece. The lecture will include slides documenting the painting before, during, and after treatment, and will explore the challenges that he encountered in the restoration process.

Friday, October 16

“Art, Marriage, and Family in the Florentine Renaissance Palace”

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Jacqueline Marie Musacchio, Art Department, Wellesley College

This talk examines the intersection of art and the marriage ritual in the middle and upper class homes of fifteenth-century Florence. It analyzes the urban townhouse and its furnishings, and the relationship of this physical setting to the formation and ongoing life of the family who lived inside it, to provide an understanding of how families interacted with art on a daily basis in the Renaissance city.

Monday, October 19

“Behind the Scenes at Shelburne Museum”

Event
Time: 12:00am
Location: Shelburne Museum

Director Stephan Jost

Director Stephan Jost will show us the Conservation Lab and how the Collection Management team has catalogued the entire holdings of the Museum. We will also meet the staff who make the exhibits and events happen! Limited to 20 guests. Lunch to follow at a local restaurant. For more information please contact Andrea Solomon: (802) 443-2034 or asolomon@middlebury.edu.

Thursday, October 22

“Prints and Prejudice: The Evolution of an Exhibition”

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Christopher Wilson, Professor of Humanities

Christopher Wilson, professor of humanities and curator of the exhibition, will present an illustrated lecture on the art of the Civil War that will discuss the transformation of historical research from the classroom to public viewing.

Wednesday, October 28

“Few works of importance were made in our city that were not designed or devised by my hand: Lorenzo Ghiberti and his Florentine Workshop”

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Lorenzo Ghiberti

Lorenzo Ghiberti—celebrated for his masterful bronze reliefs on Florence’s Baptistery known as the “Gates of Paradise”—was not only a sculptor, but a goldsmith, draftsman, architect, and author. The title of this lecture is taken from his Commentaries, which includes his writings about art and the earliest artist’s autobiography. Ghiberti and his workshop assistants produced an abundance of works of art for patrons in Florence and beyond, including affordable devotional sculptures of the Virgin and Child that were made in multiple copies. In this talk Wendy Watson, curator, Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum, will focus on two such works in the exhibit The Art of Devotion. She will also focus on conservation and technical analysis.