Leonardo da Vinci Society Annual Lecture 2013


Disingenuous Ingenuity in Renaissance Germany: The Case of Walther Hermann Ryff

Friday, 10 May 2013

18.00 - 19.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Speaker(s): Dr Alexander Marr (Lecturer in the History of Art, 1400-1700, University of Cambridge)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Professor Francis Ames-Lewis (Birkbeck)

Dr Marr will discuss Walther Ryff and the imago contrafacta in relation to treatises on anatomy, medicine and the mechanical arts. Especially at issue will be Ryff's ‘disingenuous ingenuity’ in his pillaging and reworking of others' verbal and visual matter, with additional interest in his appropriation of the legacy of Dürer in 1540s Nuremberg.

Dr Alexander Marr is University Lecturer in the History of Art, 1400-700, at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. Prior to moving to Cambridge he taught at the University of St Andrews and the University of Southern California. He has published widely on early modern art and architecture, particularly on their intellectual and scientific aspects. Dr Marr is currently preparing an edition of Richard Haydocke's 1598 translation of Lomazzo's Trattato dell'arte de la pittura for publication in the MHRA's Tudor & Stuart Translations series, and is working on a book tentatively called Writing about Art in Renaissance England.



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