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#85 Manuscript Painting for the Confraternities of Venice, from 1260 to 1520: A Conversation with Lyle Humphrey

Saturday, May 11th Live on Zoom

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

It is well known that the confraternities and guilds of Venice—the scuole and arti—played a fundamental role in the religious, social, and civic life of La Serenissima, and they were major patrons of art.  Throughout the late Middle Ages, these scuole e arti explored the theme of Christ’s Passion in striking manuscript paintings created for their formal statute books, called mariegole. While mariegole of the 14th and 15th centuries illustrate the Flagellation and Crucifixion—events described in Scriptures and in Medieval devotional literature—those of the early 16thcentury feature the Man of Sorrows, a subject lacking an association with any particular moment in Christ’s life. Curator Lyle Humphrey will discuss works related to the devotional practices and theological concerns of the scuole and arti, in order to understand their function and significance. The analysis in turn, will shed light on the spiritual, moral, aesthetic, and professional concerns of a large, diverse segment of the Venetian population between about 1260 and 1520.

Dr. Lyle Humphrey is Associate Curator of European Art and Collections History at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Her research and publications explore a range of topics in Northern Italian painting and manuscript illumination and the collecting of ancient, medieval, and early modern art in America. Since joining the NCMA in 2013, she has curated exhibitions including a rediscovered bronze medallion designed by Gianlorenzo Bernini (2014), and a loan exhibition of Venetian paintings and early manuscripts, Glory of Venice: Renaissance Paintings 1470–1520.  In 2015, her book on the manuscript patronage of Venetian confraternities and guilds was published by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. Lyle Humphrey earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.

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