Event Title

Decoding a 15th Century Fool

Presenter Information

Alex Cavander

Location

Science Center, A255

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-27-2012 1:30 PM

End Date

4-27-2012 2:30 PM

Abstract

The Allen Memorial Art Museum holds a unique piece of sculpture, which represents a 15th-century fool. The Italian Francesco Laurana, presumably carved this bust for a French patron in the court of Anjou in the 1460s. The depiction of the fool raises important questions about the representation of fools in general, and a “fool type” that may have been circulating in the court in which the bust was carved.

Notes

Session I, Panel 4: History in Fragments: Icons, Ornamentation, and Imitation in Western Europe
Moderator: Erik Inglis, Associate Professor of Art History

Major

Art History

Project Mentor(s)

Erik Inglis, Art History

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Apr 27th, 1:30 PM Apr 27th, 2:30 PM

Decoding a 15th Century Fool

Science Center, A255

The Allen Memorial Art Museum holds a unique piece of sculpture, which represents a 15th-century fool. The Italian Francesco Laurana, presumably carved this bust for a French patron in the court of Anjou in the 1460s. The depiction of the fool raises important questions about the representation of fools in general, and a “fool type” that may have been circulating in the court in which the bust was carved.