At my request Megan Fenselau of the American Numismatic Society forwarded the following release for what sounds like a very interesting lecture. -Editor On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 the ANS will hold the inaugural Mark M. Salton Memorial Lecture at their new headquarters. Mr. Syson, Curator at the National Gallery in London, will give a lecture entitled “Reading Renaissance Portraits: Clues from Medals.”
Luke Syson studied art history at the Courtauld Institute and joined the British Museum as curator of medals in 1991. During his time there, he co-edited (with Nicholas Mann) the volume The Image of the Individual: Portraits in the Renaissance (1998) and cowrote (with Dora Thornton) 'Objects of Virtue: Art in Renaissance Italy (2001).
He left the British Museum in 2002 while working on the Enlightenment Gallery there, and briefly joined the Victoria and Albert Museum as Senior Curator, Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. In 2003, he joined the National Gallery as Curator, Italian Painting, 1460-1500.
Portrait of a Collector, about 1523
oil on panel, 89.5 x 63,8 cm
The National Gallery, London (NG 6441)
I took notice of this particular painting on a visit to the National Gallery as described in my 27 May 2007 London Diary. -Editor
To read my earlier London Diary, see: WAYNE'S LONDON DIARY 27 MAY 2007 (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v10n21a12.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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