Over the course of his short but unprecedented career, Raphael painted the image of the Virgin and Child many times and in different iterations. In this lecture Davide Gasparotto illustrates how Raphael was able to infuse new life into a traditional subject, exploring the artist’s creative process and his intense dialogue with contemporary painters, from Perugino to Leonardo da Vinci.
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The event is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles with the Italian Cultural Institutes in Chicago, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Toronto & Washington D.C on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Raphael, #Raphael500.
Davide Gasparotto is Senior Curator and Head of the Paintings Department, and Chair, Curatorial Affairs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. A native of Bassano del Grappa, Italy, he studied the History of Art and Classical Archaeology at the University of Pisa and the Scuola Normale Superiore. He was the Director of the Fondazione Piero della Francesca in Sansepolcro from 1996 to 1998. Afterword he spent 12 years as a curator at the National Gallery of Parma and the Soprintendenza ai Beni Artistici e Storici di Parma e Piacenza. In this capacity he was responsible for the preservation of the cultural heritage in the province of Piacenza (Il Collegio Alberoni di Piacenza. Guida alle collezioni, 2003; Il tondo di Botticelli a Piacenza. Indagini storiche e tecniche, 2006;) and he collaborated to several major exhibitions organized by the National Gallery of Parma (Parmigianino, 2003; Correggio, 2008). From 2012 to 2014 he was Director of the Galleria Estense in Modena, where he oversaw the complete restoration of the museum and redisplay of the collection after a major earthquake that took place in May 2012. In December 2014 he was appointed as Senior Curator of Paintings at the Getty Museum.
Davide’s research interests include painting, sculpture and the decorative arts of the Renaissance, the rediscovery of classical antiquity between the Middle Ages and the eighteenth century, and the history of collecting. At the Getty he curated Louis Style. French Frames 1610-1792 (2015, with Gene Karraker and Anne Woollett), The shimmer of gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena (2016, with Bryan Keene and Yvonne Szafran), and most recently two acclaimed exhibitions, Giovanni Bellini: Landscapes of Faith in Renaissance Venice (2017-18) and Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters (2019, with Bruce Edelstein). He acquired for the museum major paintings by Parmigianino, Bronzino, Orazio Gentileschi, Joseph Wright of Derby, François-André Vincent, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Quentin Metsys, Vilhelm Hammershøi, and Giovanni Segantini.