Raffaello as a Poet, the Complexity of an Artist, a webinar by STEFANO JOSSA, Royal Holloway, University of London
The Webinar Series organized by the network of Italian Cultural Institutes of Canada (Montreal and Toronto) and US (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C.) on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Raffaello Sanzio’s death (1520-2020) continues with a lecture by Stefano Jossa (Royal Holloway, University of London).
It is rarely acknowledged by critics, but Raphael was a writer too. He drafted six love sonnets alongside the sketches of The Disputation of the Holy Sacrament at the time when he reached the court of Pope Julius II. Petrarchan in style and dedicated to his beloved La Fornarina, the sonnets demonstrate Raphael’s engagement with courtly literature. In this lecture, Stefano Jossa will explore the interaction between Raphael’s poems and his painting, with a closer look at their reception, adaptation and appropriation by later artist, in order to demonstrate that painting and poetry went hand in hand in his experience.
The event will be moderated by Dario Brancato (Concordia University, Montreal).