professorial lecture

Giving Birth – Correggio’s Unveilings

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Cupid unveiling Danae while two putti play in the corner
Antonio Allegri da Correggio, Danaë, c. 1531, Galleria Borghese, Rome. Image courtesy of the Witt Library, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Speaker(s): Paul Hills (Professor of Renaissance Art, The Courtauld of Art)

Ticket/entry details: RSVP to Sophie Nurse by 22 November 2011 (email:

Organised by: Professor Deborah Swallow (Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art)

In this lecture Professor Hills explores how in sixteenth-century Italy the theme of nativity or giving birth becomes a metaphor for artistic generation or bringing to light. The paintings of Correggio (1489-1534) – whether of the Madonna adoring the Child or Jupiter impregnating Danäe - present themselves in terms of an uncovering or unfolding. But the disclosure that the painting enacts is never complete; forms are blurred, resolution withheld. This art of discovering set a potent example for later centuries.

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