Ms. Victoria Ehrlich: Between Nature and Culture: Visualising a Mythological Hero in Fifteenth-Century Florence

160414 Ehrlich PosterDate: 14 April 2016
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: Room 4.34 Run Run Shaw Tower

In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle briefly delimits the realm of virtue by setting brutishness in opposition to superhuman virtue. This stark contrast—one that retained moral dimensions in the early modern period—was frequently visualised for fifteenth-century Florentine audiences in depictions of heroes doing battle with monstrous entities. Although such representations place the brutish and the superhumanly virtuous on either end of a spectrum, I argue that these types of figures also mirrored one another in significant ways…  (Please click on the image to read more)