The Insider's Guide to: Love and Beauty in Italian Renaissance Art

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The subjects of love, beauty, and attraction mesmerized Renaissance men and women. Love can bring pleasure or pain and beauty can inspire lascivious thoughts or bring us closer to the divine. The great Renaissance paintings on the themes of love and marriage owe their rich complexity, and often ambiguity, of meaning to the existence of a broad range of contemporary thought on love and beauty. This lecture will discuss artworks by famous masters, such as Botticelli, Leonardo, and Titian, and lesser-known artists that give a surprising (and sometimes shocking) insight into the complex world of Renaissance love.