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  • Giovanni Battista Moroni Lectures - 1/19 & 3/9

    Part 1: Friday, January 19, 5:30pm. 

    Part 2: Friday, March 9, 5:30pm

    Free and open to the public. Eleventh Street Arts Gallery at GCA.
    Limited Seats. Please RSVP:

    Part 1:
    Giovanni Battista Moroni’s (ca.1523-1579) uncannily modern portraits were the focus of a critically acclaimed exhibition at London’s Royal Academy in 2014. In 2019 the Frick Collection will host the first NY exhibition of Moroni’s extraordinary portrait paintings. Although Moroni’s work is found in most major art museums around the world, his work is still under-known compared to his contemporaries: Titian and Veronese, to name a few. This talk will explore the fascinating works, mostly in American museums, of this Renaissance master, whose realism was a forerunner of Caravaggio and Velazquez.

    Part 2:
    This talk will focus on the broader context of Moroni's work, including late 15th century paintings by Vincenzo Foppa in Milan; the works of Brescian painters Romanino, Moroni's maestro Alessandro Bonvicino (aka il Moretto da Brescia) and Savoldo. The Venetian Lorenzo Lotto, who lived in Bergamo for 12 years, will also be examined, as well as the Cremonese contemporary Sofonisba Anguissola, whose works were sometimes misattributed to Moroni. Following the pioneering work of art historian Roberto Longhi, who pointed out the differences between the Venetian and Lombard traditions, we will see how Caravaggio's "invention" of Baroque realism came directly out of his formative years in Lombardy.

    Lecturer Bio:

    Robert Bunkin is a figurative painter, art historian and former Curator of Art at the Staten Island Museum. He has exhibited widely in NYC, Italy, PR China and in other American museums and galleries. He has taught art history and studio at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Parsons School of Design, Wagner College, and NYU Continuing Education and was a substitute instructor at the Art Students League.  Bunkin was a volunteer art instructor at Arthur Kill Correctional Facility. In Summer 2010 he conducted the first ever fresco workshop at Tsinghua University, Beijing. In 2000 he was awarded a Faculty Leave grant from Parsons to study true fresco painting technique at the Tintori Laboratorio di Buon Fresco in Vainella, Italy. He was a museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum and a studio instructor at the Scuola Lorenzo de’ Medici, Florence, Italy. He has an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where he taught himself fresco painting.