Grace, sprezzatura and new discoveries: Parmigianino at The Courtauld
17.30 (GMT), 18 March 2022 | Online
The Courtauld holds a substantial body of works by Parmigianino (1503-1540) including two paintings, twenty-four drawings, and a group of prints. The artist, proclaimed by Vasari as the heir to Raphael, drew relentlessly during his relatively short life, and around a thousand of his drawings have survived. As a printmaker, Parmigianino is thought to be the first to experiment with etching in Italy and was a pioneer of the chiaroscuro woodcut technique. Through Covid lockdowns, The Courtauld brought together, albeit remotely, a community of current and former postgraduate students, curators, and members of the Conservation department in a truly collaborative project to discuss, explore and deepen knowledge of Parmigianino's art.
In this panel discussion for London Art Week, introduced and moderated by LAW Chairman Stephen Ongpin (Director, Stephen Ongpin Fine Art), Dr Ketty Gottardo (Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings, The Courtauld Gallery) and Dr Guido Rebecchini (Reader in Sixteenth-Century Southern European Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art) will present the research project that has led to the exhibition, The Art of Experiment: Parmigianino at The Courtauld, and unveil new discoveries that were made possible through infrared imaging.
Dr Ketty Gottardo studied History of Art at the University of Udine, Italy, later obtaining her MA and subsequently her PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Before becoming curator of drawings at The Courtauld Gallery in 2016, Ketty worked in the Drawings departments at the Louvre Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. At Christie's, Paris, she was Head of Old Master Drawings for seven years.
Dr Guido Rebecchini read History of Art at the Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", before going to the Università degli Studi di Siena, where he took a MA on the 'Tradizione dell'Antico nel Medioevo e nel Rinascimento'. In 2000, he obtained his PhD at the Warburg Institute and has subsequently taught at the Università di Siena from 2001 until 2009 and at the New York University and Syracuse University study-abroad centres in Florence in the years 2010-2012. Guido joined The Courtauld Institute of Art in Autumn 2013 as Lecturer in Sixteenth-Century Southern European Art.
Stephen Ongpin has over thirty years of experience as an art dealer, specialising in Master drawings, watercolours and oil sketches dating from the 15th through the 20th centuries. He began his career at the famous art dealership of P. & D. Colnaghi in 1986. Working in the firm's drawings department, Stephen was responsible for researching, writing and editing the gallery's annual catalogues of Master Drawings. In 2001 he helped to establish Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd. in London, assuming responsibility for the new firm's drawings department and organizing their successful exhibitions. He has to date researched and written over sixty scholarly catalogues of drawings. Since 2006, Stephen has worked independently as a private dealer. In 2007 he opened a gallery in St. James's, and in late 2021 the firm moved to a townhouse in Park Street, Mayfair.