Raphael: Painter of Perfection


An ATOM STEaM event initiative with the Arts Society Abingdon


After a successful tie-up in 2019, ATOM once again joins forces with the Arts Society, Abingdon for an event that explores arts during a science festival. On the 400th anniversary of his death, Dr Paula Nuttall of the V&A looks at the art, achievement and legacy of Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino - otherwise known as Raphael


Raphael was one of the greatest and most influential of all painters – a superstar even in his own lifetime, who remains a byword for classic perfection. Charting his astonishing artistic evolution from his early years in Florence, Paula looks at his meteoric rise to fame at the papal court in Rome, to his sudden death at the height of his powers aged only 37.

A timely lecture 400 years after his death in 1520.


Wednesday 18th March at 10.30am and again at 2pm at Trinity Church, Conduit Road, Abingdon.

Tickets £6 on the door - Festival Pass holders can attend for free.


About the speaker


Dr Paula Nuttall has been an accredited lecturer of The Arts Society since 1995. She gained her BA and PhD from the Courtauld Institute and is a specialist in Italian and north European renaissance art. She has published widely on artistic relations between Italy and the Netherlands in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, including the book From Flanders to Florence: the Impact of Netherlandish Painting 1400-1500. Paula has collaborated on exhibitions in Italy and America and in 2013 co-curated the exhibition Face to Face: Flanders, Florence and Renaissance Painting at the Huntington Art Collection, San Marino in California. In autumn 2017 she will be Scholar in Residence at the Dutch Institute for Art History in Florence.


Paula was a lecturer at the British Institute of Florence, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and is now Director of the V&A Late Medieval to Early Renaissance Year Course, the longest running of the V&A’s acclaimed Year Courses. As a member of the V&A’s Adult Learning team, she lectures and consults on a number of other courses within the Museum. Paula also lectures for the Art Fund, the London Art History Society and the National Gallery, and is an Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld.


About The Arts Society Abingdon


The Arts Society Abingdon, founded in 1994 as Abingdon Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS), is a flourishing member society of The Arts Society. It is one of more than 340 societies in the UK and Europe which subscribe to The Arts Society's aims and objectives - the advancement of arts education and appreciation and the preservation of our artistic heritage.

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