Lecture Series - Raphael: Fame and Fortune
June 14, 2022
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Raphael: Fame and Fortune
When Raphael died in 1520 his last painting, The Transfiguration, was just finished. It was placed at the head of his bier, while the great and the good of Rome filed past, paying homage to the artist and his work. Such an accolade would be remarkable even today; in the sixteenth century, it was unprecedented – testimony to Raphael’s singular fame.
This series of three webinars, conceived to complement the National Gallery’s exhibition Raphael (9 April- 31 July 2022), will follow the trajectory of his brief but dazzling career, from his origins in Urbino and formative encounters with Leonardo and Michelangelo in Florence, to his meteoric rise in Rome, where he swiftly became the preferred artist of the Papal Court, reaping the financial and social rewards of fame. Looking at masterpieces such as the Florentine Madonnas, the Vatican Stanze, the V&A Cartoons and of course the Transfiguration itself, we shall trace Raphael’s astonishing evolution and learn how he re-defined the art of painting, establishing a visual legacy that would endure for centuries
Paula Nuttall is an art historian specialising in the Renaissance. She gained her PhD at the Courtauld Institute, on artistic relations between Flanders and Italy, a field in which she is an international authority. She began her lecturing career at the British Institute of Florence. Paula is Course Director of the V&A Medieval and Renaissance Year Course, and an Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld. She also lectures for the Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), the Royal Collection and the Art Fund. In 2013 she co-curated the exhibition Face to Face: Flanders, Florence and Renaissance Painting at the Huntington Art Collection in California and collaborated on the 2020 exhibition Van Eyck: an Optical Revolution at Ghent. Her numerous publications include From Flanders to Florence: the Impact of Netherlandish Painting, 1400-1500 (Yale University Press, 2004) and a chapter on the Northern Renaissance for the Oxford Illustrated History of the Renaissance.
Format for Lecture
Paula will give three one-hour illustrated lectures for £35.
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