Red and the Sack of Rome

Ted Barrow in Harlem

Salon: An intimate class hosted in a member's living room.
Sun, Feb 2 at 2 p.m.   |   90 minutes   |   BYOB

During the 15th and 16th centuries, as bankers became popes and the Holy Roman Empire was set against Rome itself, red was reinterpreted from a color of royalty to the code of the clergy. How might this material history of art inform our understanding of globalization today?

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Red and the Sack of Rome

Feb. 2, 2020, 2 p.m.   |   in Harlem

During the 15th and 16th centuries, as bankers became popes and the Holy Roman Empire was set against Rome itself, red was reinterpreted from a color of royalty to the code of the clergy.

As Spain's colonial activity expanded to central and South America, the kingdom was emboldened with a steady inflow of material wealth back to the capital, re-coding the language of power throughout Europe.

This Olio examines the material exchange between the Americas and Europe, focusing on the color red and the different ways in which the pigment itself, and its representation in European painting, which came to a head in 1527 with Charles V's sack of Rome. What did color mean at the time, and how might this material history of art inform our understanding of globalization today?

Teacher: Ted Barrow

Ted Barrow teaches in Barnard College's Pre-College Program over the summer, focusing on the relationship between art and film in New York City, and has taught art history courses at Baruch, City College, the College of Staten Island, and Brooklyn College. Barrow currently teaches at Cooper Union, and runs a popular satirical Instagram account about skateboarding (@feedback_ts).


Venue:

Hosted at a member's living room in Harlem. Address will be sent upon RSVP.

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