Warwick Newberry Workshop: Family Values

Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Warwick-Newberry Collaborative Programs
Friday, October 30, 2009 to Saturday, October 31, 2009

Held at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England. The theme for this year’s series of workshops is “Family Values: Locating the Family in the Early Modern Italian Workshop.”

Organized by Victoria Avery and Louise Bourdua, both of the University of Warwick.

Friday, October 30

The History of the Cosmati Dloors

Fabio Massaccesi, University of Bologna

Demonstration

Nicholas Hague, a sculptor who worked with Westminster Abbey on the conservation of their own Cosmati floor, brought a number of his tools and materials to illustrate his discussion of the technicalities associated with producing such a complex piece of public sculpture.

Francesco Fanelli’s Bronze Sculptures

Victoria Avery, University of Warwick

Group discussion on trends in patronage of foreign artistic families in early modern England

Field trip to Saint Mary’s church in Warwick to see the Beauchamp chapel

Saturday, October 31

Field trip to Westminster abbey

Guide: Phillip Lindley, University of Leicester

This excursion included access to:

  • the grilled tomb of Henry VII and his wife, Margaret of York, produced by Pietro Torrigiani and one of the earliest examples of Italian Renaissance bronze work in the country
  • the tomb of Edward the Confessor, another opportunity to continue the Cosmati discussion from the day before
  • the Rolls Chapel and another tomb by Torrigiani, this time in terracotta rather than bronze

This is one of a series of collaborative programs between the University of Warwick Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

See the University of Warwick’s web page about this series of programs. Learn more about the Center for Renaissance Studies’ Warwick-Newberry Collaborative Programs.

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