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09 December 2019Netherlandish Influences on Italian Art

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Netherlandish Influences on Italian Art Paula Nuttall Monday 09 December 2019

Artistic innovation in the Renaissance is usually associated with Italy, but equally momentous developments occurred in the Netherlands, as Paula Nuttall, an international authority on this topic, argues. The sophisticated oil technique of Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, with its unrivalled potential for realistic depiction, was widely admired and imitated in Italy, as were Netherlandish approaches to landscape, and portraiture. This lecture charts the impact of early Netherlandish painting in Italy, from the activities of Italian merchants in Bruges, collectors such as the Medici in Florence and the travels of artists, to the responses of painters, including Piero della Francesca, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci. 

Paula is the author of From Flanders to Florence: the Impact of Netherlandish Painting 1400-1500 (Yale, 2004). She not only lectures for The Arts Society but also for the Courtauld Institute, Christie's Education, the Art Fund and the National Gallery. Formerly a lecturer at the British Institute of Florence she is now Director of V&A Medieval & Renaissance Year course.