EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “Belle Donne: Poets and Portraits”
Presented by Dr. Meghan Callahan
With Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero
Renaissance women were immortalized in poetry and painting as “belle donne” or “beautiful women.” The 14th century poet Petrarch’s Laura inspired not just written poetry, but painted works by 16th century artists such as Giorgione and Titian. “Belle donne” appeared on canvases, ceramic dishes, and prints. While some were named, others remain anonymous. In this talk we’ll examine how “belle donne” images functioned and compare them with Bronzino’s portrait of Laura Battiferri – a poet and the wife of sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati – to discover what happens when the subject of the painting is a poet herself.
The webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.
- Your participation is confirmed once you have purchased your ticket. You will receive the Zoom link to join the presentation circa 30 minutes before the start time.
- VIDEO RECORDING of the webinar will be available for unlimited streaming at your convenience for 7 days after the event.