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From Ferrara to Farnese Rome

  • Thursday 21 June 2018
  • Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
  • Lecturers: Dr Paula Nuttall and Dr Geoffrey Nuttall

We begin with the refined court of the Este at Ferrara, for whom Pisanello invented the art form of the portrait medal, and Titian painted his first great mythologies. Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, creator of the famous Villa d’Este at Tivoli, takes us to Rome, where we focus on the princely patronage of a papal family, the Farnese, whose dynastic ambitions were expressed in works by Titian, Michelangelo and Vasari.



Dr Paula Nuttall gained her BA and PhD from the Courtauld, writing her doctoral thesis on the reception of Netherlandish painting in fifteenth-century Florence. She is Director of the V&A’s Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Year Course, and she lectures for a range of other institutions including the National Gallery, Christie’s Education and The Arts Society.

Dr Geoffrey Nuttall has several degrees including an MA in History of Art from Birkbeck and a PhD from the Courtauld. He is a specialist in the Courts of Europe and their dealings with the merchants of luxury goods. He lectures at the V&A and international conferences, and recently held a fellowship at the Huntington Collections and Art Gallery in California.


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