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.”
Friday, October 30
The History of the Cosmati Dloors
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
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
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.