Middlebury College Museum of Art

News & Events

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”

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.