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Thursday, May 13, 2021
5:30 PM


Smart Museum of Art



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Smart Museum of Art


Renaissance historian Ada Palmer explores the relationship between war, strife, and artistic production reflecting on objects in the Smart Museum of Art's exhibition "Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe" as well as other examples of art, music, and literature.

Palmer examines how the artistic splendor of the Renaissance—and the willingness of patrons to invest their fortunes in it—was a reaction to crisis and violence, rather than a sign of peace.


Image: Jan Brueghel the Younger and Hendrick van Balen, Venus at the Forge of Vulcan (detail), 1617, Oil on panel. From the Grohmann Museum Collection at Milwaukee School of Engineering.