Aspects of the Role of Renaissance during the Fascist Period
2016 - 2017 (November-December)
Andrée Hayum is Professor Emerita, Fordham University. Her Harvard dissertation: Giovanni Antonio Bazzi – “Il Sodoma” (Garland series), was followed by a later monograph on Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece, recipient of the CAA’s Charles Rufus Morey Award. Articles on individual examples – Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, Dürer’s engraving of Erasmus, Andrea del Castagno’s Last Supper – illuminate key aspects of their original cultural contexts. More recent studies explore the idea of the Renaissance in terms of the institution that marks the modern era: the public museum and special exhibitions that accompany its development. Support has come from the NEH, Fulbright Commission, ACLS and the Metropolitan Museum.
Given the many Renaissance masterpieces sent from Italy for the loan exhibition of Italian art at London’s Royal Academy in 1930 and, culminating in the 1937 creation of an official institute in Florence for the study of the Renaissance, the renewed focus on the Renaissance during the Fascist period will be investigated.