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The Nativity in Florentine Art

Thu, Jan 6, 2022 · 11:00 AM · London
About This Webinar

The cult of the Virgin gathered pace in medieval Italy, stimulated by her role in the preaching of the new Dominican order. Simultaneously her visual presentation was developed through influences introduced from Byzantine sources via the Crusades. Siena and Florence were two great centers of ‘Marian’ imagery and Tom Duncan’s lecture will look at this phenomenon with particular reference to the Nativity. The story is told in two Gospels, Matthew and Luke, both choosing different narratives, the one emphasizing the Magi, the other the Shepherds. Famous and lesser know works of art will be used to show how this imagery developed, from Giotto to Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: £12.00
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Tom Duncan was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied, successively, Music and then History of Art with Ancient History and Archaeology. He moved to the United States in 1980 to research Late Antiquity and the Early Church. This formative experience brought him to Cambridge, England in 1984 to complete a Ph D on the influence of Early Christian Art on Baroque Painting in Rome. A period as a university lecturer followed, together with many invitations to lecture to organisations such as The Art Fund and The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS). Consequently, he began to lead tours over twenty years ago and in 1999, together with Stephen Brook, founded CICERONI Travel, now one of the UK's most respected independent cultural travel companies. When not lecturing or travelling, he devotes most of his time to gardening, music and opera, the other great interests in his life.
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