The development of the maiolica collection in the Bargello from the Medici to the present day


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THURSDAY 8 JULY

It is 50 years since the last catalogue of the maiolica collection of the Museo del Bargello was produced and The Friends of the Bargello are delighted to be sponsoring the production and publication of a new catalogue of this important collection, begun by the Medici and expanded by important donations from collectors and art dealers from the 19th century to the present day. The conversation between Justin Raccanello, Tim Wilson and Alan Darr, moderated by Katherine Zock will convey the influence, importance and pleasure that the Bargello collection affords and the pieces from it that have inspired them. 

Katherine Zock

Katherine 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 various areas beyond that of sourcing works of art; including all aspects of educating 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 del Bargello in Florence; the world's most important collection of Italian Sculpture.

Alan Phipps Darr, Senior Curator of the European Art Department and Walter B. Ford II Family Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Detroit Institute of Arts

He has organized many major international exhibitions and co-authored, most recently, Italian Renaissance and Later Ceramics at the DIA (2013).  Darr has also written for Burlington Magazine, Apollo, Antiques Magazine, and many other publications. In 2007 Darr received the Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidariet√† Italiana awarded by the Italian government for his over 25 years of valued contributions to Italian art and culture. He has also been awarded fellowships at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, Florence, and the Center for Advanced Study at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., and has received several distinguished awards from the Ford, Kress, Mellon and Gould Foundations, among others.

Justin Raccanello

Justin Raccanello is an antique dealer and graduate of the Christie's Fine Arts Course. A familiar face at TEFAF and Frieze Masters as well as London Art Week, he has also published various essays on the history of ceramics and collecting.

Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson was from 1990 to 2017 Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean and (from 2010) Professor of the Arts of the Renaissance at the University of Oxford. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and now writes, organizes exhibitions, and lectures, principally on Italian Renaissance pottery. He is currently preparing an exhibition on Italian maiolica for the Museum fuer Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, scheduled, pandemic permitting, for spring 2022. 

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