Donatello. Lamentation over the dead Christ, 1455-60. Bronze relief sculpture. V&A London. Photograph: Sailko. GNU Free Documentation Licence.

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Exploring Donatello

  • Wednesday 22 March 2023
    (5-6pm --- NB: Booking closes 48 hours before the event.)
  • Lecturer: Dr Paula Nuttall

Donatello’s creativity and versatility knew no bounds, whether expressing character and emotion, telling a dramatic story, exploring the depiction of space or exploiting the potential of a hugely diverse range of media.  This lecture, complementing the V&A exhibition Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance, looks at a selection of his masterpieces including the bronze David, the Judith and Holofernes and the St George.


Dr Paula Nuttall wrote her doctoral thesis on the reception of Netherlandish painting in fifteenth-century Florence. She is a specialist in artistic relations between Italy and Northern Europe. Her acclaimed book is From Flanders to Florence: The Impact of Netherlandish Painting, 1400-1500 (Yale University Press, 2004). Paula is Director of the V&A Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Year Course. She lectures for a range of other UK institutions and societies.

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