WILLIAMSTOWN -- Ubaldo Vitali, a recent MacArthur fellow and fourth-generation silversmith, conservator, and scholar, presents the free lecture "Unveiling the Goldsmith’s Mysterious Language," the final lecture in the four-part series "A Feast for the Eyes: Food, Porcelain, Silver, and Luxury Fabrics," at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Vitali discusses how the goldsmith has used art and science to communicate subliminally through objects. He explores silver made for churches, temples, and the home, identifying how select pieces have elevated the human spirit throughout history.
Vitali draws upon a deep knowledge of past and modern metalworking techniques to restore historical masterworks in silver and to create original works of art. As a conservator of works from medieval Europe to colonial America, he restores the aesthetic integrity of pieces distorted by damage or age. Based on his examination of written archival sources and material objects, he also preserves the physical and metallurgical evidence related to a piece’s fabrication, thereby illuminating the original artisan’s process and the social and intellectual underpinnings of his or her design. Vitali provides further insight into the design principles and execution processes of specific historic periods by creating replicas of antique
"A Feast for the Eyes: Food, Porcelain, Silver, and Luxury Fabrics" celebrates sumptuously decorative, yet functional, works of art dating from the Middle Ages to today.
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