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Leonardo in Northern Italy (lecture)

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2006, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Leonardo was one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, as well as one of the most influential. He popularized the use of red chalk, which can be finely sharpened to produce small detailed drawings, as well as smudged for softer effects. The smoke-like haziness of his drawings, known as sfumato, was also widely copied. His followers even imitated his distinctive hatch marks.

Why did Leonardo's work have such an impact on artists throughout northern Italy, and how did this influence change the course of Italian art? Find out in this lecture by Leonardo scholar Carmen Bambach, which complements the current exhibition Leonardo to Titian: A North Italian Itinerary.

About Carmen Bambach
Carmen C. Bambach is curator of drawings and prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She specializes in Italian and Spanish drawings and has written six exhibition catalogues and co-organized four international exhibitions, including Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman (2003) and Correggio and Parmigianino: Master Draughtsmen of the Renaissance (2001).

Bambach's book Drawing and Painting in the Italian Renaissance Workshop: Theory and Practice, 1300–1600 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999) was awarded Italy's most prestigious art book award, the Premio Salimbeni per la Storia e Critica d'Arte. She is a life member of the Raccolta Vinciana, Italy's Leonardo da Vinci society.

Christ with Lamb / Leonardo da Vinci