LECTURE: MARCO GRASSI, "SUBLIME IMAGES: THE MEDIAEVAL PAINTER, HIS CRAFT AND HIS ART"
June 4, 2016 7:00 PM
Join us for this, the sixth of a series of lectures for 2016, entitled "In the Beauty of Holiness: Art, Architecture, and the Transcendent".
Sublime Images: the Mediaeval Painter, His Craft and His Art
Central Italy was the stage for remarkably significant political, economic and social developments in the century spanning the years 1290 through 1390. In the figurative arts, nothing surpasses the sophistication, prodigious expertise and material complexity of the works produced in this area and during this period. It also happened to be the last epoch of European religious conformity and unequivocal commitment to Christian dogma and devotion. The dedication of artists and craftsmen to the expression of spiritual values was absolute, unquestioning and universal. Rather than on style and iconography, this lecture will focus on a subject more important and closer to the speaker's long experience as a conservator: the material and mechanical process of image-making. The results of this process, as achieved during the pre-Renaissance period in question, remain unique in the cultural history of the West.
Following the lecture, there will be a light reception with an opportunity to greet the speaker.
About Marco Grassi
was born in Florence in a family of antiquarians and art-dealers. Soon after the last war, he came to America continuing his studies and, in 1956, received a BA degree in art-history from Princeton. Having chosen the field of paintings conservation, he eventually returned to Italy to intern at the Gabinetto del Restauro of the Uffizi
, completing his professional training at the Istituto Centrale del Restauro
in Rome and the SIK
in Zurich. Over the years, Grassi has maintained private conservation studios in Florence and in New York and has served as visiting conservator to the Thyssen Collection (at the time in Lugano, Switzerland) and the Norton Simon Collection in Pasadena, California. Grassi regularly contributes reviews to The New Criterion
and has lectured at New York University and the Frick Collection in New York. He is a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and a member of the Order of Malta. He currently also serves as Chairman of the American Foundation of the Courtauld Institute of Art.
For more information on Mr. Grassi, please visit his website