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Poetry and Portraits in the Renaissance

Speaker: Lina Bolzoni
Professor of Italian Literature, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, and Global Distinguished Professor of Italian Studies, New York University

Recorded: February 24, 2012

Explore the ways poets and painters from Petrarch onward have competed to create portraits capable of revealing the hidden secrets of the heart. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini (on view December 21, 2011–March 18, 2012)


The exhibition is made possible by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

The exhibition was organized by Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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

The exhibition catalogue is made possible by the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Inc.

Collections, European Paintings (43)

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My Met—Keith Christiansen
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Masterworks from the Met
(00:57:48) 115 views

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Rooms with a View
(02:10:02) 430 views

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The Harvesters
(00:05:25) 901 views