Renaissance Consortium Events

Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:30 pm (followed by a reception)
Raphael: Designs for Tapestries
Dr. Lorraine Karafel
Lecture Hall, The Institute of Fine Arts


Between 1515 and 1520, Raphael (1483-1520) and his workshop produced a series of unprecedented decorative projects for Pope Leo X (r. 1513-1521), the first Medici pope. Among these were designs for grand-scale tapestries, which were intended to dazzle the viewer with their tactile beauty and to serve as potent political propaganda. Although tapestry was a new medium for Raphael, his innovative designs, among them the famous ten-piece Acts of the Apostles, would impact tapestry for the next three centuries. This talk will consider Raphael’s work as a tapestry designer, focusing particularly on one intriguing, eight-piece set, known as the Grotesques of Leo X.

The talk will explore how Raphael and his collaborators conceived these sumptuous textiles to work in tandem with painted and sculpted decoration to form a cohesive, multimedia presentation.

Previous Renaissance Consortium Events, 2017-2018

Friday, October 27, 2017
New York Renaissance Consortium at Christie’s

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Old Master Drawings at Christie’s
Led by Dr. Linda Wolk-Simon and Christie’s Drawings Specialist Furio Rinaldi

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
Robert Campin’s Merode Altarpiece at the Cloisters
Led by Dr. Benjamin Binstock

Renaissance Lectures in New York, 2016-2017

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
“Romancing the Truth: Vernacular History and the Origin of Fiction”
Speaker: Simon Gaunt (King's College, London)
Location: La Maison Française, 16 Washington Mews, New York

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
"Travels with Cagnacci,"
Speaker: Xavier F. Salomon, The Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection
Location: The Frick Collection, New York
Free but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis

Thursday, December 6, 2016
“The Renaissance and the Rise of Drawings”
Speaker: John Marciari, Charles W. Engelhard Curator of Drawings and Prints, The Morgan Library & Museum
Location: The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
$15, free for members and students

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
“Once Again, Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia I
Speaker: Peter Parshall
Location: 101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University

Thursday, January 26, 2017
“Shaping Medieval Art for the Twenty-First Century”
Speaker: Adam Cohen,
Location: Schermerhorn Hall, room 612, Columbia University

Friday, February 12, 2017
“IDEA: The Isabella d'Este Digital Archive”
A workshop with Professor Deanna Shemek, UC Santa Cruz
Location: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street, Room 201, New York

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
“The Painter and the Libertine: Titian and Pietro Aretino”
Speaker: Xavier F. Salomon, The Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection
Location: Music Room, The Frick Collection, New York

Thursday, February 16, 2017
“Venice in the Age of Jacopo Tintoretto”
Speaker: Andrea Bayer, Jayne Wrightsman Curator, Department of European Paintings
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Ticket: $30

Thursday, February 16, 2017
“Michelangelo and Paper as Palimpsest” Drawings, Letters, Records, and Sonnets”
Speaker: Mauro Mussolin, CASVA - Metropolitan Museum of ART
Location: 106 McCormick Hall, Princeton University

Friday, Saturday, April 7-8, 2017
“Christian Time in Early Modern Europe”
Speakers: Carolina Mangone and Tony Grafton
Location: 101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University

Friday, April 8, 2017
“Dante's Vita Nuova: Archaeologies of a Text”
Speakers: Maria Luisa Ardizzone, New York University & Teodolinda Barolini, Columbia University
Location: NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street, New York

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
“Pathos, Symptom, Expression: Laocoon in Europe, 16th to 20th Centuries”
Speaker: Salvatore Settis, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa