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“With the Life of an Internally Responsive Unity:” Correggio’s Studies for the Madonna “della Scodella” and the Madonna of Saint George

April 1 at 12:10 and 1:10
West Building Lecture Hall
Amanda Hilliam, Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation Curatorial Intern, department of prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art

How did Correggio, the great Renaissance painter famed for his emotionally-charged religious subjects, sensuous mythologies and illusionistic fresco cycles for Parma and its environs, use drawing to prepare for his altarpieces? Amanda Hilliam will compare the form and function of two drawings that Correggio made in preparation for painting Madonna “della Scodella” and the Madonna of Saint George. Focusing on the role of the frame and Correggio’s choice of materials and technique, Hilliam will explore how drawing enabled Correggio to work out the interaction between the figures, the pictorial space they inhabit and the real space of the viewer.

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