Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Via di Vincigliata 26. Firenze
Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Via di Vincigliata 26. Verrocchio draftsman and his Bottega lecture by Carmen Bambach. Ingresso libero fino a esaurimento posti.
In the last 20 years especially there has been a drastic re-evaluation of Verrocchio as a draftsman, sufficiently so that he must now be counted among the pantheon of the very greatest masters of disegno of all times. The number of autograph drawings by Verrocchio is very small, no more than 20-25, however, due to the vicissitudes of time, and he has also been unduly overshadowed by his pupil Leonardo. I shall examine the rich dimensions of Verrocchio’s contribution, which in many ways can also be hypothesized by looking at the evidence about Leonardo retrospectively. I shall characterize the draftsman Verrocchio’s contribution especially as one which was conceptual, and thus one which transcends the undeniable technical virtuosity of his drawings. In my view, it is this latter aspect which allows us to consider Verrocchio a truly great innovator.