A RENAISSANCE STORY OF ART: VASARI'S LIVES OF THE ARTISTS
- Sainsbury Wing Theatre, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN (map)
HOSTED BY THE NATIONAL GALLERY
Have you ever wondered who invented Art History? Learn about the Renaissance author Giorgio Vasari.
During the Renaissance, Giorgio Vasari began writing biographies of artists, including Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo.
He elevated humble craftsmen, transforming them to ‘genius artists’.
Find out how his book, ‘Lives of the Artists’, has shaped the history of art from the Renaissance to the present day; discovering all you need to know from your guide Jenny Graham.
11.05–11.50am The invention of the artist: Vasari’s grand narrative
11.50am–12pm Comfort break (water is provided)
12–1pm Telling tales: Vasari’s artistic fables
1.00–2.00pm Lunch (not provided)
2.00–3.00pm Vasari’s legacy: a Romantic revival, 1800–1900
3.00–3.10pm Comfort break (water is provided)
3.10–3.30pm Questions and discussion
ABOUT JENNY GRAHAM
Jenny Graham is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Art History at the University of Plymouth. She is author of 'Inventing Van Eyck: The Remaking of an Artist for the Modern Age' (2007). Her book 'Afterlives: Giorgio Vasari and the Rise of Art History in the Nineteenth Century' is forthcoming.
Date: Saturday 20th October, 11am–4pm
Location: Sainsbury Wing Theatre, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Investment: £35 / £30 concessions / £25 Members & Patrons
Please note, this event is not organised by The Merit Club
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