The poems of Renaissance painters and sculptors should interest us in part for the light these writings shed on their authors’ art, yet seldom have scholars closely examined the connection between the Renaissance artist-poet’s fields of production.Our talk will focus on the case of Vincenzo Danti, the great Perugian goldsmith and sculptor whose “Capitolo in Dispregio dell’alchimia” is one of the longest and most sophisticated poetic texts to have survived from an Italian artist. We will consider how it was that Danti learned to write verse, and what his poetry illustrates about the relationship between visual and literary invention in Ducal Florence.
Michael Cole is Chair of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. He is the author, most recently, of Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Art of the Figure (Yale University Press, 2015).
Diletta Gamberini is the Melville J. Kahn Fellow at Villa I Tatti. She has published a book on the poetry of Benvenuto Cellini (2014), along with many articles on the intersections of art and literature in Renaissance Italy.
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