Maiolica Before Raphael

The Royal Institution
5 May 2017

A symposium on the Italian ceramics of the early Renaissance to be held in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Maiolica before Raphael’ at Sam Fogg (8 May - 16 June 2017)

Better than any other art form, maiolica embodies both the visual splendour and touching intimacy of life in Renaissance Italy. Thanks to its novelty status and the accomplishment of its decoration, maiolica secured a prominent place in the palaces and villas of major Renaissance art patrons such as Lorenzo de’ Medici and Isabella d’Este. Papers will be devoted also the colourful world of the pioneering enthusiast collectors of this fascinating type of early pottery.

Notable speakers will include Marino Marini from the Bargello Museum, Florence, Julia Poole, author of the maiolica catalogue of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Elisa P. Sani, formerly of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Justin Raccanello, Italian maiolica scholar, Carmen Ravanelli Guidotti, formerly of the International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Europe at The British Museum, and Timothy Wilson, Honorary Curator, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The symposium will take place at the Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street W1S 4BS, and the exhibition will be held at 15D Clifford Street W1S 4JZ.

Please register before 18th April to reserve your place.

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