Italian Renaissance maiolica, especially the type (unprecedented in world ceramics) painted with narrative scenes (istoriato), gives us a finger on the pulse of Italian Renaissance life more intimate than any other art form.
In the century from about 1480, Italian maiolica potters created a product of unprecedented artistic and technical sophistication, which caught the interest of some of the most exalted and discriminating men and women of the age. The lecture will explore the ways the Dukes of Urbino and members of their household promoted and exploited the art for which Urbino became famous, for personal, and for public and diplomatic purposes. In particular, it will examine evidence that female members of the Ducal family were prime movers in commissioning maiolica and that gift-giving between women was often a major factor in prestigious commissions.
Professor Timothy Wilson, Research Keeper, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Timothy Wilson is Professor of the Arts of the Renaissance at Oxford University, and Research Keeper in the Department of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (a department of Oxford University). From 1990 to 2013 he was Keeper of that Department. He was previously (1979-90) Assistant Keeper with responsibility for the Renaissance collections in the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities of the British Museum.
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