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The Many Faces of Donatello with Kate Bolton-Porciatti

The Many Faces of Donatello with Kate Bolton-Porciatti


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This lecture traces the work of one of the most innovative, versatile and eccentric sculptors in the history of Western art: Donatello. Celebrated for his provocatively erotic bronze statue of David and the harrowing wooden sculpture of the Penitent Magdalene, Donatello had an unparalleled ability to capture the essence of a person or an archetype and to convey a range of psychological states and profoundly human emotions. 

His works reflect on timeless and universal themes: grief and penitence, bravery and tenderness, sexuality and spirituality. Central to the revival of Classical Antiquity in 15th-century Florence, Donatello also experimented tirelessly with perspective and illusion, with styles and techniques. In this lecture, live from Florence where most of his sculptures are on display, cultural historian Kate Bolton-Porciatti sets his oeuvre in context and discusses the qualities that make him not only a prodigious sculptor but also a ground-breaking portraiturist, an appreciation of whom is fundamental to understanding Michelangelo, Bernini, Canova, and the later history of sculpture. 

Led by an expert on Italian culture, Kate Bolton-Porciatti, this Conversation will illuminate the work of one of the most original artists of the Renaissance. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation of Donatello and his world. 

Kate Bolton-Porciatti is a professor of Italian cultural history and music at the Istituto Lorenzo de'Medici in Florence, where she teaches BA and MA courses in the humanities. She also lectures at the British Institute, Florence, and at the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena. Kate has published extensively as an academic and a journalist; she is a music critic for BBC Music and a travel writer for The Daily Telegraph, UK. Before moving to Italy permanently in 2005, she was a senior producer and broadcaster for BBC Arts & Classical Music in London and has won prestigious Jerusalem and Sony Awards for her programs. She did her M.Phil. thesis in Italy, exploring the musical culture of early Renaissance Florence.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Lynn Hecht Schafran (New York, US)
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Kate Bolton-Porciatti, is an exceptional lecturer whatever her topic. My husband and I listen to everything she presents, from Donatello's sculpture to Vivalid's music. Not only is she deeply knowledegeable, she has a wonderful voice.

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Ginnie (Brantford, CA)
The Many Faces of Donatello

I know nothing about art but I’ve listened to Kate Bolton-Porciatti’s lectures on Florence and Tuscany so I knew I would enjoy it and learn a lot. She explains everything beautifully. I highly recommend listening to this lecture.

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Ros Lowe (Islington, GB)
Donatello

Another excellent presentation from Kate Bolton Porciatti, beautifully illustrated with a wide variety of Donatello’s work. Informative and inspiring; next stop, the V&A for the Donatello exhibition!

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kareen (Chicago, US)

I feel I learned so much more about Donatello. Kate went into depth on everything. I enjoyed it immensely.

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Marianne (Stratford, US)

An excellent overview of Donatello’s life’s work. Good representation of all phases.

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Based on 5 reviews
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Lynn Hecht Schafran (New York, US)
Exceptional

Kate Bolton-Porciatti, is an exceptional lecturer whatever her topic. My husband and I listen to everything she presents, from Donatello's sculpture to Vivalid's music. Not only is she deeply knowledegeable, she has a wonderful voice.

Reviewer avatar
Ginnie (Brantford, CA)
The Many Faces of Donatello

I know nothing about art but I’ve listened to Kate Bolton-Porciatti’s lectures on Florence and Tuscany so I knew I would enjoy it and learn a lot. She explains everything beautifully. I highly recommend listening to this lecture.

R
Ros Lowe (Islington, GB)
Donatello

Another excellent presentation from Kate Bolton Porciatti, beautifully illustrated with a wide variety of Donatello’s work. Informative and inspiring; next stop, the V&A for the Donatello exhibition!

k
kareen (Chicago, US)

I feel I learned so much more about Donatello. Kate went into depth on everything. I enjoyed it immensely.

M
Marianne (Stratford, US)

An excellent overview of Donatello’s life’s work. Good representation of all phases.