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Images of War: World War I Looking Back to the Renaissance / Soldiers of Fortune and Paolo Uccello

A short series to commemorate the art of the Great War, through a very particular view point – that of the connections between the official art commissioned and the influence of Renaissance painting on those commissions. This influence is perhaps not obvious, however it was crucial since the British War Memorials Committee charged with commissioning war art for a Hall of Remembrance, held up Uccello's Battle of San Romano as the standard bearer for the size and scale of new canvases commissioned. Further connections between both periods, will be discussed in relation to sculpted memorial monuments to the fallen of WW1

In 15C Italy, the age of the artist Paolo Uccello, successful soldiers of fortune, all professional, trained and experienced mercenaries could acquire great wealth. They also became subjects and patrons of art. The focus will be on three notable mercenary figures: Federigo da Montefeltro Duke of Urbino; Niccolò da Tolentino and John Hawkwood, to illustrate how such men were depicted as heroes, victors and icons of military fashion.


Dr Antonia Whitley | talks


Date and Time:

15 January 2015 at 10:45 am


Half Day



The University Women's Club
2 Audley Square

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