Online Lecture: ‘Perverse Images: Monstrous Beauty and Monkey Business in Italian Art from Botticelli to Bronzino’, by Professor Patricia Rubin, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, 27 May 2021, 5-6 pm (BST)

In canto 29 of Dante’s Inferno a notorious alchemist, consigned to the depths of Hell among the fraudulent, boasts of having been a successful ape of nature (“di natura buona scimia”). The boast allies imitation with counterfeiting and points to the way that representational truth to nature is inherently false. This talk takes the presence of monkeysContinue reading “Online Lecture: ‘Perverse Images: Monstrous Beauty and Monkey Business in Italian Art from Botticelli to Bronzino’, by Professor Patricia Rubin, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, 27 May 2021, 5-6 pm (BST)”