Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance

The Brompton Oratory and Victoria & Albert Museum

Coffee · Lecture · Lunch · Exhibition

23rd February 2023

Arguably the greatest sculptor of all time – Donatello. How did this great Florentine Renaissance master come to be so great? Why was he so radical? How did his work change the course of artistic history? These are some of the questions we will be asking as we trace Donatello’s work back to Ghiberti’s workshop where he learned his craft. We will see Donatello’s bold new mode of relief, using a technique known as schiacciato  – which uses extremely shallow carving to create a beautifully delicate pictorial space with an almost impossibly light touch – as though “painting” rather than modelling with his chisel. We will gain a fresh vision of the artist and consider his enormous influence on the History of Art.

The lecture by Dr Richard Stemp will prepare you for the exhibition so that you can make the most of your time in the gallery and gain the greatest insight into the works. Please join us for lunch afterwards nearby at Al Dente.

Order of Events

10.15 Coffee in St.Joseph’s Hall

11.00 Lecture for Artemisia Members at the Brompton Oratory, St Joseph’s Hall, by Dr Richard Stemp

12.30 Lunch at Al Dente, South Kensington

14.00 Exhibition at the V&A – Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance


Coffee                                                                    Complimentary

Lecture                                                                  £28.83

Lunch (2 courses, wine and coffee)          £45.06  (SOLD OUT)


Please note you must purchase your own tickets to the exhibition from the V&A Museum website. This allows you to choose the time you want to enter and to use any discounts or memberships you may have.
V&A Museum exhibition tickets

If you would like further information please email me on [email protected] or call 01379 871800.