EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “Sculptor-Rivals: The Neptune Fountain Competition at the court of Cosimo I de’ Medici”
Presented by Dr. Anne Proctor
with Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero
In 1558, an enormous block of marble intended for the central statue of a new public fountain arrived in Florence. Duke Cosimo de’ Medici had a sculptor in mind for the project, but other artists persuaded him that they should compete for the commission. This ‘competition’ transformed Florence into a city-wide demonstration of modeling skills as these rival sculptors, old and young, constructed full-sized plaster models in workshops and porticoes throughout the city. The agency of this group of artists distinguishes this tournament from the guild competitions of the previous century, even as the sculptors of Renaissance Florence would never again directly compete for a major commission.
The webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.
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