Sun, Feb 13|
Images of Love in the Renaissance
(London 7pm, New York 2pm, Chicago 1pm, Los Angeles 12pm)
Time & Location
Feb 13, 2022, 8:00 PM GMT+1
About the Event
Many famous Italian Renaissance artworks were made to celebrate love and marriage. They were the pinnacles of a tradition—dating from the early Renaissance—of commemorating betrothal, marriage, and the birth of a child by commissioning extraordinary objects or exchanging them as gifts. Marriage and childbirth gifts are the point of departure. These range from maiolica, glassware, and jewelry to birth trays, musical instruments, and nuptial portraits. Bonds of love of another sort were represented in erotic drawings and prints. From these precedents, an increasingly inventive approach to subjects of love and marriage culminated in paintings by some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, including Giulio Romano, Lorenzo Lotto, and Titian. Join Renaissance art historian Elaine Ruffolo for a special Valentine's Day celebration.