ANN: Botticelli and the Management of Demand – Lecture by Michelle O’Malley (NIKI Florence, 4 May 2023, 18:00 CEST)

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The Director of the NIKI, Michael W. Kwakkelstein, has the pleasure to announce the lecture by Michelle O’Malley (The Warburg Institute, University of London / NIKI-scholar-in-residence), entitled “Botticelli and the Management of Demand“.

The lecture considers some of the strategies Alessandro Botticelli employed to organise his workforce in the production of the paintings commonly identified as ‘workshop’ work. The paper examines the making of this body of pictures in the context of Botticelli’s simultaneous production of commissioned altarpieces, religious tondi, and mythological paintings. Considering the evidence of underdrawings and of the painted surface of pictures, it constructs a largely visual argument with three aims: to underline the sheer volume of work a late fifteenth-century business like Botticelli’s produced, to emphasize the kinds of managerial decisions Botticelli and other master painters commonly made in deploying their assistants, and to demonstrate the agency assistants enjoyed in the production process.

The lecture is open to the public free of charge. Pre-registration is required to guarantee seating or online attendance: