Christianising the ancients: images from ancient poetry and sculpture in the work of Parmigianino

WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER 18.00-19.30

Peter Black (The Hunterian, Glasgow)


A handful of engravings provide the most telling story of the close involvement of painters and engravers from Raphael’s circle in the study of Virgil, facilitated by Aldus Manutius’s 1501 pocket text. This talk looks at Virgil, among other classical influences on Parmigianino, a painter who moved to Rome in 1524, soon after Raphael’s death.

Peter Black read Greats at Oxford and then worked as a freelance curator, specialising in prints. He joined the Hunterian as curator in 1998 where he has been responsible for old master paintings and prints. His publications include articles on Hogarth, Filippo Napoletano, and Rubens. He has curated numerous Hunterian Art Gallery exhibitions including Munch, Rembrandt and, in 2019, German Expressionism. In recent years his research has focused mainly on Renaissance printmaking, especially Parmigianino.