Sun, May 07|
(London 7pm, New York 2pm, Chicago 1pm, Los Angeles 11am)
Time & Location
May 07, 8:00 PM GMT+2
About the Event
The growth of Renaissance art portraits exploded in the 15th century, as part of a more significant cultural movement in which the space for individual achievement increased substantially. The expansion of trade, combined with a new focus on self-governance in Italy’s political spheres, resulted in a large number of powerful and wealthy people who sought to capture their characteristics and keep them for posterity, resulting in an influx of Renaissance portrait paintings. Italian Renaissance portraits were proclaimed to depict one’s religious devotion, morality, education, affluence, and even one’s soul. In the 15th and 16th centuries, portraits played a vital role in every aspect of human life: childhood, politics, friendship, courtship, marriage, old age and death. Furthermore, it was widely believed that a person’s appearance mirrored their soul, with physical beauty indicating inner morality and virtue. Artists developed highly individual approaches to the representation of ideal beauty. Join Renaissance art historian, Elaine Ruffolo as she provides fresh insights into fundamental issues of likeness, memory and identity, while revealing a remarkable community of Renaissance personalities – from princes, envoys and merchants to clergymen, tradesmen and artists.