- Fifteenth-Century Florentine and Tuscan Sculpture in the National Gallery of Art
October 8, 15, 18, 22 at 2:00
West Building Lecture Hall
Watch the October 22 lecture here.
Italian sculpture of the 15th century in Florence and Tuscany departed from the elegant, decorative style of the earlier Gothic period to reflect a greater admiration for, and understanding of, the strength and structure of the human body. In this respect, Renaissance sculptors emulated the ideals of the ancient Greeks and Romans when depicting contemporary or Christian subjects. Sculptors like
Donatello, Desiderio da Settignano, Bernardoand Antonio Rossellino, Lucaand Andrea della Robbia, and revived a classical interest in the human body depicted in full-length figures demonstrating a naturalism and ease of movement. Relief sculptures explored new effects of light, space, and atmosphere. Displaying a variety of materials including marble, bronze, wood, terracotta, and ceramic; and a range of processes from carving to modeling to casting; 15th-century Florentine sculpture served a variety of secular and religious purposes. In this lecture, David Gariff presents an overview of the Gallery’s 15th-century Florentine and Tuscan sculpture collection as context for a better understanding of the Verrocchio exhibition now on view. Verrocchio