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One of the many objectives of the Friends of the Bargello is to raise public awareness of the world class collections at the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence. It is rare that masterpieces from the Bargello collections are able to travel, so it is especially noteworthy that four Renaissance bronzes (three with Medici provenances) will go on loan to the Detroit Institute of Arts this autumn.

Encompassing the DIA's Guests of Honor exhibition, these four, highly important bronzes will be displayed in dialogue with one of the greatest museum collections of Renaissance arts in America. 

This webinar will see Katherine Zock (Vice President & Director of Friends of the Bargello, Florence) in conversation with Alan Darr (Senior Curator of the European Art Department and Walter B. Ford II Family Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts), Benedetta Maria Matucci (Curator, Musei del Bargello) and Dimitrios Zikos (President of the Friends of the Bargello), where they will discuss the inspiration behind this unique loan, the purposes of this sculptural dialogue, and the extraordinary legacy of small European museums on the conceptions and development of museums in America in the early 20th century. The expansive impact of the German art historian, Wilhelm Valentiner, on specifically the DIA, and many other significant American institutions will also be explored and discussed.

Free webinar. Register now to follow this conversation.

Alan Phipps Darr, Detroit Institute of Arts

Alan Phipps Darr, Ph. D., Senior Curator of the European Art Department and Walter B. Ford II Family Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), is internationally recognised as a leading specialist of Italian, and more broadly European, sculpture and decorative arts. Prior to joining the DIA's European Art Department in 1978, Darr worked in European art curatorial departments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  He has published and lectured widely in Europe and the United States. He has organised major international exhibitions and co-authored catalogues for Italian Renaissance Sculpture in the Time of Donatello (1985-86), The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence (2002-03), among others. Other publications include the Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Detroit Institute of Arts (2002), and recently, Italian Renaissance and Later Ceramics at the DIA (2013).  In 2007 Darr received the Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana awarded by the Italian government for his many contributions to Italian art and culture.

Katherine Zock, Friends of the Bargello

Katherine Zock completed her MA degree in Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. For the past 20 years, Katherine has specialised in the Renaissance to Baroque, working first as a researcher for the Daniel Katz Gallery. Her exposure, predominately to European sculpture during those years at the gallery, inspired a personal concentration in this area. And in 2004, Katherine began work as a private advisor to collectors and institutions, where her specialist responsibilities encompass sourcing works of art; education and collection management. Katherine is the dedicated Vice President and Director of the Friends of the Bargello, a non for profit foreign support group committed to raising the profile and encouraging support for the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence; the world's most important collection of Italian Sculpture.

Benedetta Matucci, Musei del Bargello

Benedetta Matucci has been an Art Historian for the Italian Ministry of Culture since 2017. She is currently curator of the Church and Museum of Orsanmichele and Palazzo Davanzati, two museum institutions that are part of the consortium called Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence. She studied in Florence, obtaining her PhD in Art History in 2006. Her fields of research are 16th and 19th century Italian sculpture, and she has published essays in Italian and foreign journals. She curated and co-curated the exhibitions Bellezza e nobili ornamenti nella moda e nell'arredo del Seicento (2019) and Ghiberti Verrocchio e Giambologna. Ospiti "illustri" da Orsanmichele (2023).   

Dimitrios Zikos, Friends of the Bargello

Dr. Dimitrios Zikos is an independent art historian specialised in Florentine bronze sculpture of the Renaissance and the Baroque. He studied Art History and Archaeology in the Universities of Munich and Freiburg i. Br. from where he obtained his ph. D. He was a Henkell Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, and has co-curated exhibitions at the Gardner (2003), the Bargello (2003-2014), the Liechtenstein Princely Collections (2005), the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (2015), and the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze (2023). He has published widely on Italian Sculpture and taught at the University of Innsbruck (2012-2013). He is an Honorary Member of the Amici di Doccia and the President of the not-for-profit Friends of the Bargello.

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