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#24 Conversation with Gert Jan van der Sman

Lorenzo and Giovanna: Timeless Art and Fleeting Lives in Renaissance Florence

July 10th, at 11am PST/2pm EST


Van der Sman’s book masterfully explores one of the most romantic stories of the 15th century Florence, that of Lorenzo Tornabuoni (1468-97) and his wife, Giovanna degli Albizzi (1468-88) who was portrayed by Botticelli and Domenico Ghirlandaio (the book cover).


Gert Jan van der Sman is a researcher at the Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence, which is part of Utrecht University. Between 2007 and 2017 he held a Professorship for the History of Drawing and Printmaking at Leiden University. He is the author of numerous books and essays on Italian and Netherlandish art.

His book Lorenzo and Giovanna. Timeless art and Fleeting Lives in Renaissance Florence (2009) has been published in Dutch, English, Italian and Chinese.

He has curated several exhibitions, including The Age of Titian. Prints and Printmaking in Renaissance Venice (Maastricht and Bruges 2005), Ghirlandaio and the Renaissance in Florence (Madrid 2010) and Caravaggio and the Painters of the North (Madrid 2016).

His current research interests focus on the activities of Dutch and Flemish artists in Italy and on the life and work of Sandro Botticelli.



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