Marriage, Love, and Lineage in Renaissance Venice

The poetic exhibition Art and Love in Renaissance Italy explores the various exceptional objects created to celebrate love and marriage in the Italian Renaissance. Spanning from through the fifteenth century to the mid-sixteenth century, the objects on display range from exquisite examples of maiolica and jewelry, given as gifts to the couple, to marriage portraits and paintings that extol sensual love and fecundity, such as the Metropolitan's Venus and Cupid by the great Venetian artist Lorenzo Lotto.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Professor Emeritus Stanley Chojnacki, scholar of Venetian history, talks about the roles of marriage and family in the Renaissance. Within the strict, stable structures surrounding marriage and lineage Renaissance Venice, the relationships between women, their families of origin, and their families by marriage, were fluid and various. Here, Chojnacki speaks about the fascinating permutations of the roles of patrician women and their family ties.

A lecture by Stanley Chojnacki, Professor of History Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; introduced by Andrea Bayer, curator, Department of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hear Isabella Rossellini and Director Emeritus Philippe de Montebello read love poetry from Renaissance Italy:

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