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A Zoom presentation by Furio Rinaldi and Laura Da Rin Bettina

November 9 | 11:00 am PST

Invented and refined in the early sixteenth century, and achieving widespread popularity and usage in the eighteenth century, the pastel is one of the most expressive and adaptable media in art history, surviving nearly unchanged for five centuries of human creativity and design. Furio Rinaldi, curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will illustrate the evolution of pastel through some masterworks currently on view in the exhibition Color into Line: Pastels from the Renaissance to the Present (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, October 9th, 2021-February 13th, 2022), while Laura Da Rin Bettina will explore the complex origins of the medium in Renaissance Italy.

Event created by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco in collaboration with the Legion of Honor museum.

ROSALBA CARRIERA (Italian, 1673–1757), Portrait of a Lady as Diana, ca. 1720, Pastel on blue paper, laid down on canvas 33.5 × 27.4 cm, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Prentis Cobb Hale Jr., 1959.114





furio rinaldiFurio Rinaldi is curator of drawings and prints at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. An expert on fifteenth and sixteenth century Italian drawings, he had co-organized and contributed to a number of exhibitions in Italy and the United States, and extensively published on the subject on scholarly publications and books. A former specialist of Old Master drawings at Christie’s, New York, his curatorial experience includes positions in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan.


laura da rin bettinaLaura Da Rin Bettina received her Ph.D. in History of Art from the University of Parma in 2016, with a dissertation on the use of pastel in 16th century Italy. In 2014 she joined Progetto Euploos (, a multi-year project to research and catalogue the collection of drawings at the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence. Her research centers on 16th and 17th-century Italian drawings: her recent and upcoming publications reflect her interest in the history of the Uffizi graphic collection, as well as in the work of Raphael, Parmigianino and the School of Parma. As a drawing specialist she also worked on a number of exhibitions, including L'Amico rivisitato. Disegni di Amico Aspertini e di altri bolognesi (Gallerie degli Uffizi, 2015) and Dipingere e disegnare da gran maestro. Il talento di Elisabetta Sirani (Gallerie degli Uffizi, 2018).


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Data: Mar 9 Nov 2021

Orario: Alle 11:00

Organizzato da : Italian Cultural Institute SF

Ingresso : Libero