Past Event

Columbia University Seminar in the Renaissance- Laurence Kanter (Chief Curator and Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art, Yale University)

December 10, 2019
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Columbia University Faculty House

Laurence Kanter: How Little Do We Know about Andrea del Verrocchio as a Painter?

In the absence of firm documentation beyond the testimony of Giorgio Vasari, which is itself only reasonably trustworthy, numerous assumptions about Verrocchio’s stature and accomplishments as a painter have become axiomatic for historians of fifteenth-century Florentine art.  This paper examines the biases and suppositions upon which these assumptions rest, interrogates the visual and written evidence in search of confirmation or logical alternatives, and critiques the possible impact of alternatives on the presumed early careers of Verrocchio’s chief pupils: Leonardo da Vinci and Lorenzo di Credi.

Andrew Butterfield: Verrocchio as Draftsman, Sculptor and Painter.

While Verrocchio's work as a painter remains difficult to reconstruct, his innovations as a draftsman and sculptor are clear.  Based on close looking and new photography, this paper investigates some of his advances in these fields and reflects on what they may suggest about his activity as a painter


The event will be held in Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive. As usual, social hour will be from 5-6, dinner 6-7, and the talk 7-8:30. The cost for dinner, payable by check only, is $30.  When you RSVP please indicate whether or not you plan to come to dinner; please give 10 days advance notice.