POSTPONED: New light on Giorgione’s Castelfranco Altarpiece

WEDNESDAY 21 OCTOBER, 18.00-19.30

Georgios Markou (BSR; Cambridge)

In accordance with the new decree issued on 19 October 2020, this event has been postponed.

The Castelfranco Altarpiece represents a singular moment in the brief but extraordinary career of the artist Giorgione. Through the examination of unpublished archival sources that span five centuries, this lecture will reconstruct the “biography” of Giorgione’s only surviving altarpiece. Issues that will be addressed include the reason behind the painting’s commission by the Cypriot condottiere Tuzio Costanzo, it’s date and display, as well as the work’s later reception, highlighting the role of the Barbarella family in its preservation.

After receiving his PhD from the University of Cambridge with a dissertation on the artistic patronage of Cypriot nobles in Renaissance Venice and the Veneto, Georgios E. Markou was a Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University and a Rome Fellow at the British School at Rome. His archival research has been supported by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Francis Haskell Memorial Fund and the American Philosophical Society, amongst others. He has published widely on the art of sixteenth-century Venice, and his article on Jacopo Tintoretto and his family is forthcoming.