Community Arts Film Series in partnership with Northwind Arts Center
DRAPING MICHELANGELO: FRANCESCO MOCHI, GIANLORENZO BERNINI, AND THE BIRTH OF BAROQUE SCULPTURE
Lecture by Estelle Lingo, Associate Professor, Art History, University of Washington
The Tuscan sculptor Francesco Mochi (1580-1654) has long been viewed as an early innovator of the baroque style whose career was eclipsed by his brilliant contemporary Gianlorenzo Benini. But for his seventeenth-century biographer, what distinguished Mochi’s sculpture was his determination to adhere to “the Florentine manner.” Estelle Lingo’s new book, Mochi’s Edge and Bernini’s Baroque argues that the religious and political climate of the later sixteenth century posed specific challenges for the medium of sculpture, particularly as it had been practiced by Florentine sculptors, most famously Michelangelo.