Explore the symbolic significance of the scissor-shaped seat known as the Savonarola chair
From Mantegna to Caravaggio, from Raphael to Rembrandt, many artists have included this style of chair in their paintings. More than just a piece of furniture, find out how their inclusion can convey various meanings beyond their practical purpose.
Eric Denker is a senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. His most recent work is 'Reflections and Undercurrents: Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900–1940'.
Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.
Supported by the John Armitage Charitable Trust