Precious stones: in conversation with Fabio Barry and Judith W. Mann

17.00 BST, 21 October 2021 | Online

Cavaliere D'Arpino (Giuseppe Cesari), Italian, 1568-1640,
Perseus Rescuing Andromeda, c. 1593-94,
Oil on lapis lazuli, 7 15/16 x 6 1/8 x 1/4 inches.
Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase

This webinar will explore the significance and uses of coloured stones in the history of art and architecture, taking as its starting point two seminal publications: Fabio Barry's Painting in Stone (Yale University Press, 2019) and the catalogue for the Saint Louis Art Museum's forthcoming exhibition Paintings on Stone (Hirmer Publishers, 2021), curated by Judith Mann. We will hear of how precious stones developed as an artistic medium, first in architecture and mosaics and later as the supports for paintings from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

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Judith W. Mann
Curator, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri

Judith W. Mann has served as curator of European Art to 1800 at the Saint Louis Art Museum since 1997. Prior to that, she held a joint appointment with the art museum and the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she taught courses on Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art history. She is an expert on the seventeenth-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi and the sixteenth-century artist Federico Barocci. She has curated exhibitions on Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi, Federico Barocci, sixteenth and seventeenth-Century Italian sculpture, Medieval books of hours, and Renaissance Nuremberg. In February 2022, she will inaugurate her latest project, Paintings on Stone: Science and the Sacred, 1530-1800, on the practice of painting on stone (marble, alabaster, slate, lapis lazuli) in Early Modern Europe.






Fabio Barry
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Fabio Barry studied architecture at the University of Cambridge (MA, Dip Arch), and briefly practiced before receiving his PhD in art history from Columbia University. He has taught at the University of St. Andrews and Stanford University, and is currently Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow at The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. His research has often concentrated on art in Rome, particularly Baroque architecture, but recent publications have ranged farther afield and dwell on medieval and antique art, especially sculpture. An ongoing concern has been the imagery of marble in the visual arts and literature, especially the evocative qualities of the medium before the era of mass production distanced it from the realm of nature and myth. His book Painting in Stone Architecture and the Poetics of Marble from Antiquity to the Enlightenment was published by Yale University Press in 2020, awarded the 2021 PROSE Award in Architecture and Urban Studies by the Association of American Publishers, and is currently shortlisted for the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

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