Patricia Lee Rubin, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
The promotion of Florentine excellence in all of the arts was a mainstay of Lorenzo de’ Medici’s cultural politics. Bertoldo di Giovanni’s sculptural production took place in a context of intense creative competition, resulting in works that are innovative, inventive, and beautiful, qualities explored in this lecture. This lecture is funded by Dino and Raffaello Tomasso.
Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator of Paintings and Chair, Curatorial Affairs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Bertoldo di Giovanni played a pivotal role in the revival of classical culture in Florence during the age of Lorenzo de’ Medici. This lecture examines Bertoldo’s singular contributions to the development of the bronze statuette, a genre originally intended for sophisticated and exacting collectors, but destined to become an enduring distillation of Renaissance beauty.
This lecture is funded by Dino and Raffaello Tomasso.
Alexander Noelle, Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow, The Frick Collection
Bertoldo di Giovanni was a student of Donatello, a teacher of Michelangelo, and a favorite of Lorenzo de’ Medici. The sculptor’s unique position at the heart of the Florentine aesthetic and political landscape is the subject of the Frick’s current exhibition, the first to focus on the artist. This lecture explores the creativity and ingenuity for which Bertoldo is celebrated, demonstrated specifically by his Shield Bearer, which Henry Clay Frick acquired in 1916. This lecture is funded by Dino and Raffaello Tomasso.