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Taking Shape: Italian Altarpieces before 1500

Friday 8 July 2011, 10.00AM to 16:30

Speaker(s): Organised by Amanda Lillie (University of York), Francesco Lucchini (The Courtauld Institute of Art/University of Warwick), Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Jennifer Sliwka (The National Gallery, London) and Alison Wright (UCL)

To mark the opening of the exhibition Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500, the Renaissance Consortium and the Material Life of Things Project of The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, in collaboration with the National Gallery, UCL and the University of York, are hosting an informal study day and symposium dedicated to the subject of late medieval and renaissance Italian altarpieces. Further details may be viewed on The Courtauld's Research Forum web pages.


09.30 – 10.00 Registration
10.00 – 10.25  Joanna Cannon (The Courtauld Institute of Art): All the King's Horses? An Interim Report on Attempting to Reconstruct the Maestro di Figline/Master of the Fogg Pieta Ensemble
10.25 – 10.50 Dillian Gordon (formerly The National Gallery, London): Family Chapels and Altarpieces in Santa Maria degli Angeli, Florence, in the Fourteenth Century
10.50 – 11.15 Jim Harris (The Courtauld Institute of Art): The Sum of the Parts: The Fragments of Donatello’s Santo Altarpiece
11.15 – 11.30 Discussion
11.30 – 11.50 COFFEE/TEA BREAK (tea/coffee provided in Seminar room 1)
11.50 – 12.15 Christa Gardner von Teuffel (University of Warwick): Mistaken Discontinuity: Filippo Lippi’s San Lorenzo Annunciation
12.15 – 12.40 Caroline Campbell (The Courtauld Gallery): Eighteen Saints from Filippo Lippi’s Workshop in Search of a Function
12.40 – 13.05 Nathaniel Silver (UCL/Frick Collection): A Closer Look at Piero della Francesca's Crucifixion Predella Scene in The Frick Collection
13.05 – 13.30 Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Icon or Fragment? Francesco Botticini’s Altarpiece for San Girolamo, Fiesole
13.30 – 14.00 Discussion
14.00 – 15.00 BREAK FOR LUNCH (lunch not provided)
15.00 – 16.30 Francesco Botticini, The Assumption Altarpiece – The National Gallery, Seminar Room 1

15.00 – 15.15 Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Introduction to Botticini’s Assumption Altarpiece
15.15 – 15.40 Amanda Lillie (University of York): Land and landscape in Botticini’s Assumption Altarpiece
15.40 – 16.05 Alison Wright (UCL): The Pictorial Structure of Heaven in Botticini’s Assumption Altarpiece
16.05 – 16.30 Caroline Elam (independent scholar): The Veduta of Florence in Botticini’s Assumption Altarpiece

Location: Research Forum South Room, (with registration from 9.30), The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN and The National Gallery Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Admission: To book a place: attendance is free, but places are limited, so please reserve a place by emailing by Wednesday 6 July (12.00 noon). All booking requests will be acknowledged on Wednesday 6 July (afternoon).