Giorgione as a Reader of Dante

Speaker: Professor Jaynie Anderson

Jaynie Anderson will discuss a recently discovered inscription about Giorgione and a drawing that appear on the last page of an edition of Dante’s Commedia, published in Venice in 1497.  The inscription gives Giorgione’s age at his death, thus providing a date for his birth earlier than previously supposed. Anderson has attributed the red chalk drawing of the Virgin and Child, which appears on the same page, to the artist in a recent article on this astonishing discovery in the March edition of the Burlington Magazine. 


Jaynie Anderson FAHA, OSI is an art historian and alumna of the University of Melbourne, where she is Professor Emeritus in art history. In 1970 she was the first woman Rhodes Fellow at Oxford, where she remained until 1991 lecturing in art history. Until 2014 she was Herald Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne, and from 2008 to 2012 was President of the International Committee for Art History. In 2015 she received a knighthood from the President of the Republic of Italy for her distinguished research on Venetian Renaissance art. 

Organised by Dr Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Dr Irene Brooke (The Courtauld Institute of Art). 

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5:00pm, 15 May 2019

Wednesday 15th May 2019

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, King’s Cross, London