Susannah Rutherglen: "Bellini to Veronese: Ornamental Paintings..."

Painters of the Venetian Renaissance are best known for their monumental altarpieces, narrative and mythological canvases, and intimate works for private devotion. Many of the same masters engaged in the ornamental arts as well, painting panels for integration into beds, chests, musical instruments, and doors. Susannah Rutherglen describes this less familiar genre, traces the fortunes of surviving artifacts, and discusses their themes, styles, and relevance to the history of Italian Renaissance art.

This lecture was offered in conjunction with the special exhibition In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert, on view at The Frick Collection from May 22, 2011, through August 28, 2011.