Late Gothic and Renaissance sculpture between Ticino, Milan, and Silesia


Institutional Communication Service

12 November 2018

Within the rich artistic landscape that developed in the Duchy of Milan between the end of the fourteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth century lies the work not only of the most famous artists, such as Jacopino da Tradate, Giovanni Antonio Amadeo or Cristoforo Solari, but also of many lesser-known names. The contribution of these masters, many of whom came from the Italian-speaking regions of Switzerland, was fundamental in producing late Gothic and Renaissance masterpieces such as the sculptural complex of the Certosa di Pavia, or as part of that of the Duomo di Milano, or even as that of the cathedral of Como. In particular, the international conference Scultori dello Stato di Milano (1395-1535), organised by USI in collaboration with the University of Insubria, is dedicated to these artists and their "workshops" and will be held on November 16 and 17.

Over the past thirty years, studies on Lombard sculpture, and in particular on Milanese sculpture from the Late Gothic and Renaissance periods, have increased considerably. On the one hand, the work of leading figures has been reconstructed more and more precisely, while on the other, attention has been focused on names that were certainly relevant, but previously unknown or little known. The conference on the sculptors of the State of Milan, which is part of a research project funded by the Swiss National Fund and developed by the USI Institute of History and Theory of Art and Architecture (ISA), will be an opportunity to consider this rich and complex scenario, thanks to the contributions of experts from - among others - Columbia University (New York), the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and other universities such as those in Geneva, Ljubljana, Warsaw.   

During the conference, ISA will give a lecture on “Renaissance Sculpture in Milan: Problems, Misunderstandings and Attribution Principles” (La scultura milanese del Rinascimento: problemi, malintesi e principi attributive), with speaker Charles R. Morscheck, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Art History at Drexel University, Philadelphia (Friday 16 November, 6.30 pm, room C0.61, Canavée Building, Mendrisio Campus). For further details about the conference, see the attached full programme.


For further information:
Mirko Moizi
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)
Istituto di storia e teoria dell'arte e dell'architettura (ISA)
[email protected]