Drawing upon recent archival research, Jeremy Howard, head of art history at the University of Buckingham and Head of Academic Projects at Colnaghi’s art dealers tells the remarkable story of the sales of America’s first Botticellis to the great US collector Isabella Stewart Gardiner in the 1890s.
The Story of Lucretia was the first important Botticelli to enter America and this was followed five years later by the sale of Prince Chigi’s Madonna of the Eucharist, whose export from Italy provoked a storm of protest and a high-profile law suit.
Delving into the copious correspondence and account books in the Colnaghi archive at Windmill Hill, Waddesdon, Jeremey Howard reconstructs the intricate and sometimes rather murky details of these deals.
The lecture coincides with the major Botticelli Reimagined exhibition currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Drinks and nibbles will be served after the free lecture in the Chandos Road Building at 6.30pm, on Tuesday, April 12.
The talk kicks off this term’s University of Buckingham Concerts and Lectures series, which includes an inaugural lecture by Sir Anthony Seldon at 6.30pm on Tuesday, May, 10, at the Radcliffe Centre.