The Story of 3 "Davids": Donatello, Verrocchio, and Michelangelo with Dr. Joseph Luzzi
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And how did three remarkably gifted sculptures all produce difference versions of the David that continue to enchant audiences worldwide?
While the Biblical tale of the human David, average in size but herculean in faith, defeating the monstrous, in both heart and size, Goliath is known across the world, most do not know that three of Renaissance Italy's most famed artists each produced their own version. What are each statue's key defining features, and how are they different from each other? Conversely, what brings all of these statues together? What do they share? These similarities and difference will teach art lovers not only traits of each of their artists, but themes and styles popular in Renaissance Italy as well. Join us for an inside look into three astonishingly beautiful – and astonishingly difference – sculptures of the David by Donatello, Verrocchio, and Michelangelo in this presentation by Joseph Luzzi, author of Botticelli's Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance, a New Yorker "Best Books of 2022" selection.
Joseph Luzzi received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Faculty Member in Italian Studies at Bard College, where he has taught since 2002 after being a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. A frequent contributor to publications including the New York Times, TLS, and Chronicle of Higher Education, he is the author of 5 books, including "My Two Italies," a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and "In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love," a Vanity Fair “Must-Read” selection. His work has been translated into multiple languages and his many awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, Dante Society of America Essay Prize, and Wallace Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, Harvard's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. In 2017 he was named Cittadino Onorario/Honorary Citizen in Acri, Calabria, his Italian parents' birthplace. His next book is "Botticelli's Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance," which will be published by W. W. Norton. Professor Luzzi is the founder of the Virtual Book Club, an online community of readers dedicated to exploring some of the best books ever written. Learn more at JosephLuzzi.com.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
60 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.