Creative Inspiration Workshop: What can we learn from the Goldsmiths of Renaissance Florence?

28 Aug 2019 · 6:00PM - 7:30PM
£10 (includes a welcome drink)
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Join Alison Wright, Professor of Italian Art at UCL to investigate what you can learn from your Renaissance forebears in the city of Florence. Come and consider how contemporary practice compares to making in the Renaissance period.

In the fifteenth century, Florence, like London today, was an international centre of banking and high-end manufacture. Gold and silver were handled daily by merchants and guildsmen, and transformed by goldbeaters, sculptors, painters and goldsmiths.

This interactive talk will draw on the rich visual legacy and representations of the creative processes and people who placed precious metals on spectacular display at the centre of the city. It will explore what the presentation of gold and silver work across different media can tell us about the image and status of the goldsmiths and ask what can we learn from the way they presented themselves and their visibility as designers and makers? If you work with precious metals, please bring along your experience and images.

When does the talk start?

Exchange innovative ideas and network with your peers with a glass of wine, a beer or soft drink from 6pm. 

Who is the speaker?

Alison Wright trained at the Courtauld Institute of Art and is Professor of Italian Art c. 1300-1550 in the History of Art Department at UCL. Her research focuses on interrelationships between the arts in the Renaissance and she is currently working on gold and its transformations across media in that period. Her latest book is Frame Work: Honour and Ornament in Italian Renaissance Art, 2019.