Collecting-Mania in Renaissance Italy and the Birth of the Vatican Museums with Dr. Sara Magister

Collecting-Mania in Renaissance Italy and the Birth of the Vatican Museums with Dr. Sara Magister


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Antiquities have been collected for thousands of years. The Romans were keen collectors of Greek sculptures and after a brief collecting interlude in the Middle Ages, antiquity collecting exploded during the Renaissance and laid the foundations of the modern-day museums. This conversation will explore why, where, and for who this collecting-mania existed in Renaissance Italy.

In just a few decades collections had grown up exponentially and the ancient statues started to fill not only the houses of cardinals and aristocrats but also of merchants and cow herders. Following in the footsteps of the rising of collecting-mania, we will get into the mechanics of the art trade, discovering how the cut-throat competition to find the finest pieces also influenced the art and the artist of that age, such as Michelangelo and Raphael.

This is the magic context in which also pope Julius II displayed a collection of astonishing ancient statues into the Vatican palaces, with the consultancy of Michelangelo and Bramante. We’ll discuss how it is this collection, the first designed to be bequeathed to the Catholic Church, that actually inaugurated the glorious history of the Vatican Museums.

Looking beyond standard interpretations, we will discover the hidden allegorical messages conveyed by the Vatican collection. We’ll also explore the visionary dream of one of the greatest popes ever in making the glory of ancient Rome great again, in the heart of the Church.

Led by a Renaissance and Baroque art historian, professor, collaborator of the Vatican Museums, and published author Sara Magister, this interactive discussion will offer an in-depth understanding of the collecting-mania that was born in Renaissance Italy and the origins of the Vatican Museums. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of the formidable Vatican Museums collection.

Sara is an art historian with doctoral degrees in Medieval and Modern Art History and Classical Antiquities. She is the author of a book, published by the Accademia dei Lincei, on the antiquities collection of Pope Julius II and has written various articles in important scholarly journals on the history of Renaissance and Baroque collections. More recently, she had published a book on some of the most famous paintings of Caravaggio in Rome which introduces a new interpretation of the works, based on philological data, and which is changing the way we look at this artist.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Collecting Mania in Renaissance Italy

Dr Magister always delivers an interesting and insightful seminar. She chose a topic which seemed at first a bit esoteric, but with her specialized expertise was fascinating and accessible to non-experts. Once again, brava !

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M.R.
Unique lens on the Vatican Museums

This was a fascinating talk. Using the activity of collecting art as an historical lens to how the Vatican Museums developed was an unusually enriching angle. As usual, I learned SO MUCH. Professora Magister has an unparalleled mastery of the subject, and she is a delightful guide. Highly recommended!

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A different look at some familiar works in Rome

This was a really interesting take on the art many of us have had the privilege of seeing in Rome.

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Collecting Mania in Renaissance Italy

Dr Magister always delivers an interesting and insightful seminar. She chose a topic which seemed at first a bit esoteric, but with her specialized expertise was fascinating and accessible to non-experts. Once again, brava !

M
M.R.
Unique lens on the Vatican Museums

This was a fascinating talk. Using the activity of collecting art as an historical lens to how the Vatican Museums developed was an unusually enriching angle. As usual, I learned SO MUCH. Professora Magister has an unparalleled mastery of the subject, and she is a delightful guide. Highly recommended!

J
J.
A different look at some familiar works in Rome

This was a really interesting take on the art many of us have had the privilege of seeing in Rome.