The College of Arts and Sciences invites you to the 2015-2016 Full Professor Lecture Series. The second lecture in the series will be given by Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, Professor of Art History, on Tuesday, October 13, at 5:00 p.m. in the Waterman Memorial Lounge.
Title: "How Did That That Get Here? The Risks and Rewards of Making and Moving Sculptures in Renaissance Italy”
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building
Michelangelo once remarked that a good sculpture is one that can be rolled down a hill without breaking. Many Renaissance sculptures were made to be shipped long distances, over sea and land, as they were sent as gifts from one prince to another in Early Modern Europe (ca. 1400-1700). But how did they get there? What risks and costs were inherent in the process? What made it all worth it? Professor Di Dio will reveal the answers she has found in the private letters of one of the greatest families of Renaissance Europe: the Medici of Florence, Italy.
Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio came to UVM in 2003, after receiving her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her research has been supported by the Ministry of Arts and Culture of Spain, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Medici Archive Project, and Harvard's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, "Villa I Tatti." She has published four books and two dozen articles, essays, and reviews, and has lectured at the Museo del Prado, Madrid; the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wallace Collection, London; and universities and international conferences across Europe and the U.S.