Lecture: ‘The Crivelli Conversation’, Dr Caroline Campbell, Jonathan Watkins and Amanda Hilliam, National Gallery, London and Online, 22nd February 2022, 13:00-13:45 (GMT)

It is possible to book to attend this lecture in person in the Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery, London, or to watch via live stream.

Caroline Campbell discusses Crivelli’s illusionism with Jonathan Watkins and Amanda Hilliam, co-curators of an exciting new exhibition at the Ikon Gallery

The 15th-century Italian Renaissance painter, Carlo Crivelli, was a master of illusion and perspective. His remarkable tricks of the eye seem to point towards a post-modern art historical future, as radical in its own way as modern artists such as Magritte, and his work remains a recurring source of artistic inspiration.  

Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research joins Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery and co-curator Amanda Hilliam to discuss an exciting new exhibition, ‘Carlo Crivelli: Shadows on the Sky’, opening at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (23 February to 29 May 2022), to which the National Gallery is delighted to lend four of Crivelli’s masterpieces. 

To coincide with this important exhibition, a display of works will also be on show in Room 54. 

To book tickets for the live stream of the talk taking place in the Sainsbury Wing Theatre please click here. If you would prefer to book to attend in person, please click here.

Dr Caroline Campbell is our Director of Collections and Research. A specialist in Italian Renaissance painting, her interests range from the Middle Ages to the contemporary world. At the Gallery, she has curated ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ (2018), ‘Building the Picture’ (2014), and ‘Duccio | Caro’ (2015) among other exhibitions.

Jonathan Watkins is Director of Ikon Gallery. He has curated international exhibitions including Biennales in Sydney (1998), Sharjah (2007) and Quebec (2019), Triennials at Tate (2003) and Guangzhou (2012) as well as ‘Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art’ (Hayward Gallery, 2001) and ‘Floating World’, Bahrain (2017). In 2019 he won the Ampersand Award to realise the exhibition of his dreams (Carlo Crivelli, 2022). 

Amanda Hilliam is co-curator of ‘Carlo Crivelli: Shadows on the Sky’ at Ikon Gallery. She is an Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld and previously held the David and Julie Tobey fellowship at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation curatorial fellowship at the National Gallery of Art. Her monograph on Carlo Crivelli is forthcoming with Reaktion Books.


Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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