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#75 The Nativity in Renaissance Venice: A Christmas Special with Carlo Corsato

Saturday, December 16th Live on Zoom

10am Los Angeles and Phoenix, 1pm NY & Toronto, 6pm London, 7pm Florence

The Nativity is undoubtedly one of the most popular subjects in Western art. Even during the Renaissance, when the classical tradition was reborn, artists were busy re-imagining Jesus's early life, from his miraculous conception and birth to his epiphany and revelation to the world. However, images didn't merely re-presented or re-enacted the different episodes as they were related in the Gospels or other apocryphal sources. Angels, animals, architecture, natural landscapes and nocturne scenes were introduced to shape different ways of understanding and seeing the Nativity as a broader narrative. In this Christmas special talk, Dr Carlo Corsato will explore how Bellini, Bassano, Tintoretto, Titian and other artists painted new and renewed visual commentaries of the Nativity, making an old narrative a new and exciting story to tell ever and ever again.

Carlo Corsato teaches at The National Gallery, and Morley College in London. He is an expert in the art and architecture of early-modern Venice. Together with Prof Deborah Howard, he edited 'Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Devotional Space, Images of Piety', the first monographic book written on the major Franciscan church in Venice. He has also published articles in leading specialist journals and contributed to important exhibition catalogues, including 'Titian. Love, Desire, Death' (The National Gallery, London). His most recent publications include 'Lives of Tintoretto', 'Lives of Titian', and the edition of Dr Alison Sherman's 'The Lost Venetian Church of Santa Maria Assunta dei Crociferi'.


Minimum suggested donation: $20

This talk is free for Friends of Paola's Studiolo!

Look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

Warmest regards,


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