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Love and Lust in Renaissance Art

Art-full Friday, Live from Tuscany

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Friday, February 16, 2024 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1D0040
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Venus and Cupid by Lorenzo Lotto, 1530

In the heart of the Renaissance, love and marriage were celebrated with unparalleled fervor, resulting in the creation of some of history's most iconic artworks. They were the pinnacles of a tradition—dating from earlier in the period—of commemorating a betrothal, marriage, and the birth of a child by commissioning extraordinary objects or exchanging them as gifts. These would range from the exquisite craftsmanship of maiolica ceramics, glassware, and jewelry to birth trays, musical instruments, and magnificent nuptial portraits.

Bonds of love of another sort were represented during this period as well in erotic drawings and prints. From these precedents, an increasingly inventive approach to subjects of love and marriage culminated in paintings by some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, including Giulio Romano, Lorenzo Lotto, and Titian.

Join art historian Elaine Ruffolo for a special post-Valentine’s Day celebration as she illuminates the tradition of commemorating love and marriage through the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.