Online Lecture Series: The Warburg Institute’s Raphael 500

Raphael’s work in painting, drawing, architecture and design had a profound effect on the arts, influencing not only his own time but also ours. Raphael 500 celebrates the painter’s life and marks the 500th year of his death with a programme that considers elements of his approaches to the invention and production of works of art and looks at the way the study of Raphael widens our understanding of other Italian Renaissance artists.

Focussing on key paintings of the Roman period and the designs for the Sistine tapestries, individual speakers will consider the artist’s understanding of theory, his use of networks, and his development of Renaissance workshop technique. A final roundtable discussion will consider the fruits of the intense attention given to Raphael in the last few years to highlight what we have learned and to explore how new understandings of Raphael affect our comprehension of wider issues in the study of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italian art.

Raphael: Authorship, Networks, Workshop

15 October 2020, 5.30-7.00pm (GMT) | Presented by Professor Ulrich Pfisterer (Director, Zentralinstitut)

Professor Pfisterer will focus on two related works by Raphael to address key questions concerning the relevance of authorship for the painter and his workshop, his approach to theoretical thinking, and the composition and interaction of his social network. This event is also part of the Director’s Seminar series, which brings leading scholars and writers to the Institute to share new work and fresh perspectives on key issues in their fields.

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The Raphael Cartoons at the V&A

19 November 2020, 5.30-7.00pm | Presented by Dr Ana Debenedetti (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Ana Debenedetti talks to Warburg Deputy Director Michelle O’Malley about the V&A’s new installation of the celebrated Raphael Cartoons in the Museum’s Raphael Court. This event is also part of the Curatorial Conversations series, which brings to the Warburg curators of world-leading museums and galleries to discuss their work.

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New Perspectives on Raphael

8 December 2020, 5.30-7.00pm | Panel: Tom Henry (University of Kent), Claudia La Malfa (Loyola University, Chicago and University of Kent in Rome), Adam Lowe (Factum Arte), Arnold Nesselrath (Humboldt University, Berlin), Catherine Whistler (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford).

In the last few years, a plethora of international events, books, articles and exhibitions have focused on Raphael to shed new light on his processes of production, his operation of networks, his engagement with the environment, and much more. Please join us and our panel of distinguished Raphael specialists to explore the new perspectives on Raphael that arise from the long year marking his death and celebrating his life.

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Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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