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Lucretia, Virginia, and the Art of Botticelli

Saturday, March 30, 3:30 pm
Calderwood Hall

Ramie Targoff and Stephen Greenblatt focus on the literary origins of Botticelli's spalliera, the Story of Lucretia and the Story of Virginia. Join them to explore what the tales of both tragic heroines meant to Botticelli and his patrons, and why these violent events were chosen to decorate a Renaissance household.


Ramie TargoffProfessor of English, Co-Chair of Italian Studies, Brandeis University
Stephen GreenblattJohn Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University

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Adults $15, seniors $12, students $10, free for members and children 17 and under.

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Photo at top left: Sandro Botticelli (Italian, 1444 or 1445-1510), The Story of Virginia (detail), about 1500. Tempera and gold on panel, 83.3 x 164.9 cm (32 13/16 x 64 15/16 in.) Accademia Carrara, Bergamo
Photo at top right: Sandro Botticelli (Italian, 1444 or 1445-1510), The Story of Lucretia (detail), 1499-1500. Tempera and oil on panel, 83.8 x 176.8 cm (33 x 69 5/8 in.) Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (P16e20)

Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes is supported in part by The Robert Lehman Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Media Sponsor: The Boston Globe

The special exhibition preview and reception for Botticelli: Heroines + Heroes is generously sponsored by Bank of America.