Leonardo, Bramante, and the Academia:
Art and Friendship in Fifteenth-Century Milan
Thursday, November 4 at 6:00 pm
In presence @AIS office
In presence @AIS office
Presented by Jill Pederson, Arcadia University
Jacopo de' Barbari, Portrait of Luca Pacioli, 1495. Museo di Capodimonte, Naples What do Leonardo da Vinci, Bramante, Piero della Francesca and Leon Battista Alberti have in common, besides being some of the most important figures of the European Renaissance? The red thread that connects them is a Franciscan friar born in Sansepolcro, very passionate about chess and recognized as the father of accounting: he is Luca Pacioli, one of the most shadowy but at the same time most relevant figures in modern knowledge.
This book is the first study to provide a comprehensive historical and theoretical account of the Academia Leonardi Vinci. Pederson brings together literary sources to offer a new interpretation of the academy not as one singular entity, but as a collection of academic modalities in Renaissance Milan. Eventually these various modalities converged around their namesake Leonardo da Vinci, as well as the architect Donato Bramante. This group drew together not only humanists, as in other early Italian academies, but also practitioners of a range of disciplines that ultimately gave way to a new kind of group. This collective of creative personages generated forms of expression that explored the liminal spaces between art, geometry, architecture, and the natural world, which in turn stimulated conversation and debate. This activity made it different from other early Italian academies, and in this way it offered something entirely new.
Academic bio: Jill Pederson is Associate Professor of Art History at Arcadia University. She is the author of Leonardo, Bramante, and the Academia: Art and Friendship in Fifteenth-Century Milan (Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2021). Her work explores the intersection of visual and literary culture at the early modern North Italian courts, with a particular specialization on Leonardo and his followers. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, including from the Fulbright Foundation, Kress Foundation, American Philosophical Society, and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA. She was also Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art. She earned her PhD in 2008 from Johns Hopkins University. Her current research project, “Locating Leonardo: Transculturalism and the Leonardesque in Early Modernity,” examines the artistic followers of Leonardo da Vinci within the context of cultural exchange and explores the proliferation of the Leonardesque pictorial mode across transcultural geographies.
Link to book: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9781912554423-1
Faculty page: https://www.arcadia.edu/profile/jill-pederson