Lecture Videos

  • Linda Wolk-Simon: "A Tale of Two Artists: Andrea del Sarto & Raphael"

    Linda Wolk-Simon, University Museums, Fairfield University. Despite their divergent biographies, Andrea del Sarto and Raphael shared substantive similarities: both were adept at frescoes, altarpieces, devotional images, and portraits; both had talented pupils who became leading protagonists of the maniera; and both were supremely fluent draftsmen who developed a comparably elaborate preparatory process. Such intersections are the topic of this lecture.

    This lecture is made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation

  • Nicholas Penny: "Lively Statuary in Florence before and after Andrea del Sarto"

    Alex Gordon Lecture in the History of Art. This lecture surveys the frequent appearance of sculpture in Florentine paintings in the decades before the rise of Andrea del Sarto and assesses the influence of sculpture on Florentine painting during the same period. It also explores the sculptures (both real and fictive) depicted in Andrea’s paintings as well as the models made for him, concluding with an examination of the extraordinary use of sculpture in the art of Jacopo Pontormo, Andrea’s pupil. 

  • Julia Siemon: "Bronzino before the Medici"

    The Florentine painter Agnolo Bronzino is best known as court artist to the Medici and many of his most famous works are portraits of the ducal family. Yet Bronzino completed a number of paintings before his association with Duke Cosimo’s court began. This lecture shows how certain of these earlier works respond to an altogether different political atmosphere, one in which republican culture still thrived in defiant, if sometimes furtive, manifestations.

    This lecture is made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation

  • Julian Brooks: "Andrea del Sarto: The Tailor's Son and the Making of Masterpieces"

    This talk reveals the astonishing creativity of Andrea del Sarto and examines the artist’s use of innovative, schematic red chalk compositional drawings and keenly observed studies from life. This lecture is made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation

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