A Film Lecture will be given by Art History instructor Dr. Valerie Taylor on Friday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Monica Emeritus College, 1227 2nd. Street, Room 107.
Her talk considers the material culture of the past through the art of the present. Isabella d’Este (1474-1539) was the most important female art patron and collector of her day. The film, “The Illustrated Credenza,” investigates her narrative-painted, tin-glazed earthenware service designed by Nicola d’Urbino, the Raphael of Renaissance ceramic painters.
Today, only twenty-three pieces survive from the original set in far-flung international collections. Following sixteenth century workshop methods, Italian ceramicist Ester Mantovani has replicated the plates allowing us to experience the remaining service as an ensemble for the first time since the 1500s.