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RAFFAELLO 500 | Raphael: The Making of a Master



RAFFAELLO 500 | Raphael: The Making of a Master

Raphael: The Making of a Master

Wednesday, July 8 | 9:00pm EDT

a Zoom webinar


Senior Curator / Head of the Paintings Department / Chair, Curatorial Affairs
J. Paul Getty Museum

Registration Required


On April 6, 1520, Raffaello Sanzio, one of the geniuses of the Renaissance, passed away in Rome. Five hundred years later, the force of one of the most creative artists of all time challenges the global crisis caused by Covid-19: as we await for cultural venues to open their doors again so we can view the art behind them in person, the network of Italian Cultural Institutes (IIC) in the US and Canada will celebrate the Master through online multimedia initiatives. In the coming months, a live Zoom conference series featuring some of the most important experts on Raphael, live concerts, and Renaissance cooking webinars will be available to all members and friends of the IICs in North America.

Raphael: The Making of a Master

Over the course of his short but unprecedented career, Raphael painted the image of the Virgin and Child many times and in different iterations. In this lecture Davide Gasparotto illustrates how Raphael was able to infuse new life into a traditional subject, exploring the artist’s creative process and his intense dialogue with contemporary painters, from Perugino to Leonardo da Vinci.

This event is organized by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles in collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Toronto & Washington D.C.

Davide Gasparotto is Senior Curator and Head of the Paintings Department, and Chair, Curatorial Affairs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. A native of Bassano del Grappa, Italy, he studied the History of Art and Classical Archaeology at the University of Pisa and the Scuola Normale Superiore. He was the Director of the Fondazione Piero della Francesca in Sansepolcro from 1996 to 1998. Afterword he spent 12 years as a curator at the National Gallery of Parma and the Soprintendenza ai Beni Artistici e Storici di Parma e Piacenza. In this capacity he was responsible for the preservation of the cultural heritage in the province of Piacenza (Il Collegio Alberoni di Piacenza. Guida alle collezioni, 2003; Il tondo di Botticelli a Piacenza. Indagini storiche e tecniche, 2006;) and he collaborated to several major exhibitions organized by the National Gallery of Parma (Parmigianino, 2003; Correggio, 2008). From 2012 to 2014 he was Director of the Galleria Estense in Modena, where he oversaw the complete restoration of the museum and redisplay of the collection after a major earthquake that took place in May 2012. In December 2014 he was appointed as Senior Curator of Paintings at the Getty Museum.

Davide’s research interests include painting, sculpture and the decorative arts of the Renaissance, the rediscovery of classical antiquity between the Middle Ages and the eighteenth century, and the history of collecting. At the Getty he curated Louis Style. French Frames 1610-1792 (2015, with Gene Karraker and Anne Woollett), The shimmer of gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena (2016, with Bryan Keene and Yvonne Szafran), and most recently two acclaimed exhibitions, Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice (2017-18) and Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters (2019, with Bruce Edelstein). He acquired for the museum major paintings by Parmigianino, Bronzino, Orazio Gentileschi, Joseph Wright of Derby, François-André Vincent, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Quentin Metsys, Vilhelm Hammershøi, and Giovanni Segantini.


Date: Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Time: At 9:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles

In collaboration with : Istituti Italiani di Cultura - USA & Canada

Entrance : Free