Royal Drawing School

Italy and the luck of the draw

with Marzia Faietti, former director of the Uffizi Gallery's Prints and Drawings Department

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The masterful efforts of Italy’s greats, including Andrea del Sarto’s Renaissance ‘Workshop in Action’ and Vasari’s take on Bronzino, is at the forefront of this conversation, led by L. Falcone, which explores highlights of Dr Faietti’s multi-faceted career as an exhibition curator dedicated to bringing the art of drawing into venues of worldwide renown. Its focus includes challenges confronting today’s restorers of art on paper and the graphic arts of Florence and Bologna from the 1500s onwards.

The conversation highlights restored drawings by sixteenth-century artist Plautilla Nelli, credited as the first professional female painter of Florence, and the works by Elisabetta Sirani (1638–1665), a Bolognese artist, who worked in the style of Giudo Reni. Considered a master, Sirani produced some 170 works between the ages of 17 to 27, when she died of ulcers (although her father believed she had been poisoned by an envious maid).

This talk, created in conjunction with Calliope Arts is part of the 'Creative Conversations' series, organised by London's Royal Drawing School, curated by Dr. Claudia Tobin. Art historian Marzia Faietti was director at the Uffizi Gallery’s Prints and Drawings Department until 2018. She has since continued scientific collaborations with the Uffizi Galleries for special projects like the 2020 Rome exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, entitled 'Raphael (1520-1483)'.

Study of hand and face
Study of hand and face

Raphael, 1497-1499 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford From 'Raffaello 1520 - 1483' at the Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, in partnership with the Uffizi Galleries, 2020

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Study for Mercury and Psyche
Study for Mercury and Psyche

Raphael, c. 1517 From the exhibition 'Raphael (1520-1483)' at the Scuderie del Quirinale in partnership with the Uffizi Galleries

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Study of Jealousy
Study of Jealousy

Bronzino, 1545 J. Paul Getty Museum From ‘The Drawings of Bronzino’ exhibition

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Study of a hand
Study of a hand

Attributed to Agnolo Bronzino (1503-72) From ‘The Drawings of Bronzino’ exhibition Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2010

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Study of the Head of a Young Woman
Study of the Head of a Young Woman

Andrea del Sarto,1523 Prints and Drawings Department at the Uffizi Galleries From 'Andrea del Sarto. Renaissance Workshop in Action', at the Frick Collection

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Sketches for the Last Supper at San Salvi
Sketches for the Last Supper at San Salvi

Andrea del Sarto, 1520-25 Prints and Drawings Department Uffizi Galleries, Florence

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Head of a youth in three-quarter profile, facing right
Head of a youth in three-quarter profile, facing right

Plautilla Nelli, XVI century Prints and Drawings Department Uffizi Galleries, Florence

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Kneeling woman
Kneeling woman

Plautilla Nelli, XVI century Prints and Drawings Department Uffizi Galleries, Florence

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Partial study of Michelangelo’s risen Christ
Partial study of Michelangelo’s risen Christ

Plautilla Nelli, XVI century Prints and Drawings Department Uffizi Galleries, Florence

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