In this seminar Lara Broecke shows how Cennino Cennini changed the practice and understanding of art and its history.
Around 1400, a little-known Italian artist, Cennino Cennini, wrote a book describing the techniques and materials of his craft. Historians were aware that the manuscript existed, but it was not until 1823 that it was finally published. The effect of the publication was profound, on historians, conservators and practising artists. The story of the translations of Cennino Cennini’s Libro dell’arte into English is the story of some remarkable and fascinating figures in the history of art and of the roots and evolution of the discipline known as technical art history.

Lara Broecke published her translation and edition of Cennino Cennini’s Libro dell’arte with Archetype Publications in 2015. She has a master’s degree in the history of art from the University of Oxford and a diploma in the conservation of easel paintings from the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge. She is currently an artist, working in egg tempera and gold leaf, and lectures on historical painting techniques, most recently at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China.

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