London Art Week inaugurated its first and highly acclaimed Symposium in December 2019, held at the National Gallery; this year the LAW Symposium will take place online across three days and will mark the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death. For this edition, Emanuela Tarizzo, London Art Week Board Member and Director of Tomasso Brothers Gallery, has worked closely with Ana Debenedetti, Curator of Paintings and Lead Curator of the Raphael Cartoons project at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Among the subjects under discussion will be:


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Tuesday 1 December 2020, 17.00 GMT
The opening panel will explore the significance of the anniversary of Raphael's death and of monographic exhibitions on the artist, alongside the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on them, and how the international museum community has responded.

Prof Tom Henry, Professor of History of Art (Emeritus), University of Kent, and Director, IRDS (Italian Renaissance Documents Site)

Dr Matteo Lafranconi, Director, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome

Prof Catherine Whistler, Keeper of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Dr Thomas Marks, Editor, Apollo Magazine


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Wednesday 2 December 2020, 17.00 GMT
This panel will explore the legacy of Raphael's designs, specifically in the realm of tapestries, focusing on the forthcoming reopening of the Raphael Court at the V&A.

Dr Ana Debenedetti, Curator of Paintings and Lead Curator of the Raphael Cartoons Project, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Dr Helen Wyld, Senior Curator of Historic Textiles, National Museums Scotland

Dr Michela Zurla, Curator, Complesso Museale Palazzo Ducale, Mantua

Moderator: Dr Lorraine Karafel, Assistant Professor of Art and Design History, Parsons School of Design, New York



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Thursday 3 December 2020, 17.00 GMT
For this final discussion of the LAW 2020 Symposium, our guests will explore the fortune of Raphael and his school in early-modern collections across Europe, focusing not only on the more widely known works on canvas but also on the afterlife of drawings and other media such as tapestry cartoons.

Dr Piero Boccardo, Superintendent of the Collections of the Municipality of Genoa

Dr Carly Collier, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust, Windsor 

Dr Marzia Faietti, Research Associate, Kunsthistorisches Institut (Max-Planck-Institut), Florence

Moderator: Prof David Ekserdjian, Professor of Art and Film History, University of Leicester



Speakers & Moderators

Prof Tom Henry

Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Kent, Canterbury, and Director, IRDS (Italian Renaissance Documents Site)

Tom Henry is Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Kent in Canterbury, having had a lengthy career in academia over the years since he completed his PhD at the Courtauld Institute in 1996 (latterly as Director of the University's Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies). Alongside teaching and research, he has written a monograph on Luca Signorelli and co-authored several books on Raphael. He has curated major exhibitions including at the National Gallery, London, the Louvre and the Prado. He is currently curating a forthcoming exhibition at the National Gallery for the quincentennial of Raphael's death and working on a monograph on Raphael to be published by Yale. He is based in London, Umbria. and Rome. Full CV etc at https://www.centotorce.it/About/about.html

Dr Matteo Lafranconi

Director, Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome

Matteo Lafranconi is the Director of Scuderie del Quirinale, a major exhibition venue in Rome run by the Italian Culture Ministry. He curated, with Marzia Faietti and under the aegis of the Scholarly Committee chaired by Sylvia Ferino, the exhibition Raffaello 1520-1483, held at the Scuderie del Quirinale (June-August 2020). Matteo holds degrees in Music and History of Art, and his research interests span Italian, French, Spanish and Russian art, between the 15th and 20th centuries, with specific focus on museology, the history of collections, Old Master Drawings, and academic practices. He has published extensively on these topics, notably in The Burlington Magazine, Paragone, Prospettiva and Perspective, and he authored the catalogue of 19th century art in the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome (Electa 2006), and, with Sandra Pinto, the volume "Gli storici dell'arte e la Peste" (Electa, 2006). He was Head of Cultural Programmes at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, from 2007 to 2016, and is a member of the CIHA (Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art) Italy since 2014.

Prof Catherine Whistler

Keeper of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Catherine Whistler is Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, and curator of Italian, French pre-1800 and Spanish art - her detailed catalogue, Baroque and Later Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum (London, Modern Art Press) appeared in 2016. Her research interests include the drawings of Raphael; Venetian art; the history of collecting; and drawing and print culture. She collaborated with the Uffizi on the 2015 Ashmolean exhibition, Titian to Canaletto: Drawing in Venice, exploring these themes in-depth in her book, Venice and Drawing 1500-1800: Theory, Practice and Collecting (Yale University Press, 2016). Her Raphael research project with Dr Ben Thomas, supported by the Leverhulme Trust, resulted in the exhibition, Raphael: The Drawings, in Oxford in 2017, and an upcoming edited volume, Raphael: Drawing and Eloquence. She is now working on a research project centred on the Ashmolean's Italian drawings, involving curatorial training and cataloguing, as part of the Getty Foundation's international initiative, The Paper Project. Photograph by Alastair Fyfe.

Dr Thomas Marks

Editor and Publisher, Apollo Magazine

Founded in 1925, Apollo is one of the world's most prestigious art magazines. Since becoming editor in 2013, Thomas has relaunched the Apollo website (www.apollo-magazine.com) as a forum for daily art news, comment and reviews, and established the forward-looking Apollo 40 Under 40, a publication celebrating talented young people in the art world. He regularly interviews artists for the magazine and has written many essays about museums and their collections - including the Uffizi and the Prado. Thomas is also a trustee of Art UK (artuk.org), the cultural education charity that exists to open up the UK's public art collections to global audiences through digitisation and storytelling.

Dr Ana Debenedetti

Curator of Paintings and Lead Curator of the Raphael Cartoons Project, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Ana Debenedetti is Curator of Paintings at the V&A, with responsibility for oil paintings, drawings, miniatures and watercolours. She was co-curator of the exhibition Constable: The Making of a Master (V&A, 2014-2015), and of Botticelli Reimagined as well as co-author of the accompanying catalogue (V&A, 2016) and editor of Botticelli Past and Present (UCL Press/V&A 2020). She is currently the lead curator of the Raphael Court renovation project and the editor and co-author of the accompanying book. Current projects include a book on the collection of French drawings in the V&A and accompanying display (Getty Paperproject) as well as a book on Botticelli Artist and Designer (Reaktion Books, autumn 2020).

Dr Helen Wyld

Senior Curator of Historic Textiles, National Museums Scotland

Helen Wyld is Senior Curator of Historic Textiles at National Museums Scotland, where she is responsible for European textiles and dress from the medieval period to 1850. She studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and completed an MA at the Courtauld in 18th-century visual culture in Britain and France. After early career Assistant Curator roles at the National Trust and National Portrait Gallery, her interest in and knowledge of tapestry was nurtured via a three-year Paul Mellon Centre fellowship as Tapestry Research Curator with the Trust (2010-2013). A fellowship year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art courtesy of the Sylvan C and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund was followed by a period as Curator with National Trust for Scotland before joining National Museums Scotland in 2017. Helen is currently undertaking part-time doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh on Textiles and Ritual at the Court of Charles I, and is completing on a book on the history of tapestry in England, to be published by the National Trust in 2022. Other research interests include Renaissance jewels, Jacobite visual culture, ecclesiastical textiles, and early modern domestic embroidery.

Dr Michela Zurla

Curator, Complesso Museale Palazzo Ducale, Mantua

Michela Zurla is Curator at Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Trento, with a thesis entitled Sculpture in Genoa between XVth and XVIth century. Artists, building yards, patrons. In 2016 she was a fellow at the Bode Museum in Berlin, as part of the International Fellowship Programme of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, focusing on a project concerning Genoese sculptures in the collections of the Bode Museum. In 2010-2011 she held a fellowship from the Fondazione Roberto Longhi in Florence, looking at the relationship between Italy and Spain during the Renaissance, specifically in the case of the Florentine painter and sculptor Jacopo Torni called Indaco. She collaborated in the exhibitions Norma e capriccio. Spagnoli in Italia agli esordi della maniera moderna (2013) at the Uffizi, Baccio Bandinelli (2014) at the Bargello in Florence, "Con nuova e stravagante maniera". Giulio Romano a Mantova (2019) and Raffaello, trama e ordito. Gli arazzi di Palazzo Ducale a Mantova (2020) at the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. Her main fields of research are Renaissance sculpture and the spread of Italian art in other European countries, in particular Spain and France.

Dr Lorraine Karafel

Assistant Professor of Art and Design History, Parsons School of Design, New York

Lorraine Karafel is Assistant Professor of Art and Design History at Parsons School of Design in New York, where she has also served as Associate Dean of the School of Art and Design History and Theory and as Interim Director, Parsons/Cooper Hewitt MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies. She holds a MA and PhD in Art History from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and a MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University's School of the Arts. In addition to numerous journal articles and reviews, Dr. Karafel contributed to the catalogues for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2002 exhibition, Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence and to 2014 exhibition, Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry. Her books include: Raphael's Tapestries: The Grotesques of Leo X (New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 2016) and Tapestries from the Burrell Collection, co-authored with Elizabeth Cleland (London: IB Tauris/Philip Wilson, 2017). Currently, Dr. Karafel is at work on a new book project, Art and Process: Early Modern Tapestry in Europe.

Dr Piero Boccardo

Superintendent of the Collections of the Municipality of Genoa

Piero Boccardo earned a degree in Art History from the Università di Genova, furthered his studies at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid and at the Musée du Louvre, and gained his doctorate with a thesis on collecting among the Genoese aristocracy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Formerly the Director of the Musei di Strada Nuova in Genoa, he is now Superintendent of the Collections of the Municipality of Genoa. He has curated various exhibitions, among them Van Dyck a Genova (1997), L'Età di Rubens (2004), The Agony and the Ecstasy: Guido Reni's Saint Sebastians (2007) and the forthcoming A Superb Baroque: Art in Genoa, 1600-1750 (2022). He is the author of several articles and publications, such as Andrea Doria e le arti (1988) and I Grandi disegni italiani del Gabinetto disegni e stampe di Palazzo Rosso (1999).

Dr Carly Collier

Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust, Windsor

Carly Collier is Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust. Her particular research interest is nineteenth-century British art, collecting and taste. Recent and forthcoming publications include Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour (2019) which accompanies a touring exhibition of the same title, and 'Collecting Raphael in reproduction in the nineteenth century: The formation of Prince Albert's Raphael Collection and its early impact on Raphael studies', in Collecting Raphael: Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino in Collections and in the History of Collecting, ed. Claudia La Malfa and Sybille Ebert Schifferer (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle; forthcoming).

Dr Marzia Faietti

Research Associate, Kunsthistorisches Institut (Max-Planck-Institut), Florence

Marzia Faietti is Research Associate at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence (Max-Planck-Institut) and collaborates with the Uffizi and the Scuola Normale Superiore on the Euploos project. Until 2018, she was the Director of the Uffizi Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe and Coordinator of the museum's Education, Research and Development Department. She teaches Art History at Milan's Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and at Università degli Studi di Bologna. She curated, with Matteo Lafranconi and under the aegis of the Scholarly Committee chaired by Sylvia Ferino, the exhibition Raffaello 1520-1483, held at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome (June-August 2020). Her research interests focus on Raphael's and Leonardo's drawings, and more broadly on painting and drawing in Northern and Central Italy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Prof David Ekserdjian

Professor of Art and Film History, University of Leicester

David Ekserdjian is Professor of Art and Film History at the University of Leicester. He is a well-known authority on Italian Renaissance paintings and drawings. He has written extensively on Correggio, Parmigianino, and Raphael, and is the co-organiser - with Tom Henry - of the National Gallery's Raphael exhibition, which will now take place in 2022. In 2012, he organised the exhibition Bronze at the Royal Academy.

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