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      Lunch & Learn: Painting Charity in Late Fifteenth-Century Florence in Lewes


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      June 12, 2020

      Friday  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

      111 Adams Avenue
      Lewes, Delaware 19958

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      Lunch & Learn: Painting Charity in Late Fifteenth-Century Florence

      The fifteenth-century church of Santo Spirito in Florence retains in situ an admired late 1490s altarpiece by Filippino Lippi, The Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Martin, Catherine of Alexandria, the Young John the Baptist, and Donors (the Nerli altarpiece). Today's talk will engage with the work’s highly original urban backdrop, including a mysterious episode from secular domestic life. The presenter will lead the viewer on an interpretive journey that requires his or her active and imaginative participation. She will conclude that the altarpiece was a collaborative invention to which the artist, the donors, and the church’s Augustinian friars contributed. While its unusual geography is indebted to Saint Augustine, the focus of the painting is charity, the tie that binds man to his neighbor in need and links husband and wife in a loving marriage.

      Presented by University of Maryland lecturer Antonia Fondaras, author of “Augustinian Art and Meditation in Renaissance Florence.”

      Online program from the Lewes Public Library.

      NOTE: this meeting is being conducted through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER to receive instructions for joining the meeting.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Education | Literary & Books

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