Talk by Victoria Ehrlich, Visiting Professor, Art Department
“Between Nature and Culture: Visualizing a Mythological Hero in Fifteenth-Century Florence”
THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019
PACKARD ROOM 23, 3:30 PM
Professor Ehrlich will discuss how fifteenth-century Florentine artists visualized the realm of virtue by depicting heroes doing battle with monsters. She believes that these figures do not represent the stark contrast between the brutish and the superhumanly virtuous, described by Aristotle, but actually mirrored one another in significant ways. She will point out the congruencies between the heroic and the monstrous as represented in the visual culture of Quattrocento Florence. This approach brings into relief contemporary ideas of virtue as reflected in the ambiguous status of monsters and heroes, while foregrounding the unstable boundary that separated nature from culture in fifteenth-century thought.
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