Event: The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series
Presenter: Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio, Professor of Art History
Title: "How Did That Get Here? The Risks and Rewards of Making and Moving Sculptures in Renaissance Italy”
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 reveals 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 PhD 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 US.
The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed to give newly promoted faculty an opportunity to share with the university community a single piece of research or overview of research trajectory meant to capture the spark of intellectual excitement that has resulted in their achieving full professor rank.