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Art and Love

The exhibition is made possible by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Additional support is provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

The catalogue is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Charles Bloom Foundation.

The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth.

It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Sunday at the Met: Art and Love in the Renaissance (Part 2)

Program information

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Art and Love in Renaissance Italy (on view November 18, 2008–February 16, 2009), these lectures explore the various exceptional objects created to celebrate love and marriage in the Italian Renaissance.

Introduction:
Andrea Bayer, Curator, Department of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Speakers:
"Imagery of Love and Marriage on Italian Ceramics"
Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Collections and of the Waddesdon Bequest, Department of Prehistory and Europe, British Museum

"Sex in the Eternal City"
Linda Wolk-Simon, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"What's Love Got To Do With It?"
Beverly Louise Brown, independent scholar, London

Part Two of Three

Recorded November 16, 2008

Art and Love in Renaissance Italy

November 18, 2008–February 16, 2009

Accompanied by a catalogue

This exhibition explores the various exceptional objects created to celebrate love and marriage in the Italian Renaissance. The approximately 150 objects, which date from about 1400 to the mid-sixteenth century, range from exquisite examples of maiolica and jewelry given as gifts to the couple, to marriage portraits and paintings that extol sensual love and fecundity, such as the Metropolitan's Venus and Cupid by the great Venetian artist Lorenzo Lotto. The exhibition also includes some of the rarest and most significant pieces of Renaissance glassware, cassone panels, birth trays, and drawings and prints of amorous subjects.