Triumphal arch entryway, Castel Nuovo (top detail)
Please Note: This program has a rescheduled date (originally Friday, July 29, 2022).
The fall of Naples in 1442 not only brought Spanish rule, it transformed the city into a vital center of artistic production. The commissions and collections of King Alfonso of Aragon, known as “the Magnanimous,” reflect his imperial aspirations, humanist interests, and eclectic tastes, and include some of the earliest examples of mastering the technique of oil painting.
Alfonso’s reign ushered in three generations of artistic excellence. His commissions ranged from bronze portrait medals by Pisanello to the classicizing triumphal arch entryway of the Castel Nuovo featuring sculptures by Francesco Laurana and others to the now-lost paintings in his collection by Netherlandish artists January van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden.
Join Sophia D’Addio, a lecturer in art history at Columbia University, in an exploration of paintings, sculptures, medals, and architecture commissioned by the Aragonese rulers of Naples, which remain among the treasures created in southern Italy during the 15th century.
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*
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