Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance Conference

Join us for this insightful 2-day conference offering opportunity to discuss the influences and lasting impact of the Renaissance sculptor Donatello

Plan your visit
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Friday, 19 – Saturday, 20 May 2023

  • Hochhauser Auditorium, Learning Centre, V&A South Kensington

  • Tickets cost £15.00 - £25.00

Tickets go on sale at 10.00 on Wednesday, 1 March 2023
Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance Conference photo

This conference aims to complement the exhibition Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance at the V&A with impactful and innovative research on the sculptor Donatello (c. 1386-1466). The conference is organised by the V&A Research Institute and will provide an opportunity to discuss the importance of training, collaboration and workshops around Donatello and his close associates, Donatello’s rediscovery in the 19th century and related issues around attribution.

We invite those working in the fields of Renaissance studies, sculpture and the 19th-century Renaissance revival, to propose papers that respond to the following themes and questions:

• The role of workshops and collaboration in Donatello’s practice and that of his contemporaries.
• Sculptors’ training, including goldsmithing, in Donatello’s time.
• Role of patronage and exchanges with humanists in the art of Donatello and his contemporaries.
• 19th-century sculpture workshops, makers and training. Commissioning and reception of Renaissance-style sculpture.
• Issues of attribution around Donatello, including 19th-century imitations.

We welcome proposals from researchers at all stages of their career, including academics, curators, conservators and scientists. Deadline for submission is 11 December. The full call for papers can be downloaded through the Download Programme link

Tickets for the conference will go on sale in March 2022.
Note: the conference will be a hybrid event where tickets will be available both in person and also online.

Background image: The Forzori Altar, relief, by Donatello, ca. 1440-1450, Padua © Victoria and Albert Museum, London