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Botticelli Reimagined: A Conversation between Jeremy Melius and Liz Prettejohn

Monday 18 April 2016, 3.00PM to 4pm

The V&A’s current exhibition, Botticelli Reimagined, has attracted lively debate and controversy among critics and audiences. According to the V&A website:Botticelli Reimagined catalogue ISBN 978-1851778706

This innovative exhibition explores the variety of ways artists and designers from the Pre-Raphaelites to the present have responded to the artistic legacy of Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), assembling 150 works from around the world.  Botticelli is now celebrated as one of the greatest artists of all time, but was largely forgotten after his death until his work was progressively rediscovered in the 19th century.

However, critics have complained that the show privileges fashion and glamour above serious art-historical enquiry.  In this session Jeremy Melius (author of The Invention of Botticelli) discusses the exhibition, its implications, and its critics with Liz Prettejohn (author of ‘Botticelli and the Pre-Raphaelites’ in the V&A’s exhibition catalogue). 

Everyone is welcome- if you would like to attend please email

Jeremy Melius is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Tufts University. Liz Prettejohn is Professor of History of Art at the University of York.

At 5pm after this event, Jeremy will be presenting his lecture 'Sculpture from Behind' in the Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul.  All welcome (no need to confirm attendance).

Location: The Berrick Saul Tree House