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TALK | The Magic of Bronze: making and meaning in Renaissance sculpture
Wed 19 April 2017, 15:00 – 16:00 BST
Of all the sculptural materials, some might argue that bronze carries the most significance. In the Renaissance it embodied power, authority and eternity, emulating the classical past, and yet, ironically, it is one of the simplest materials to destroy or recycle. This lecture explores the collaboration, skill and challenges involved in creating Renaissance bronzes, revealed through technical study, together with an in-depth consideration of the wider historical and cultural readings of the sculptures.
The lecturer, Peta Motture, is Senior Curator, Sculpture, at the V&A, and was awarded an Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer grant in 2016.
Image (detail): Madonna and Child with Four Angels ('The Chellini Madonna') by Donatello, about 1450, © Victoria and Albert Museum. Art Funded in 1976.