Doges and popes, painters, and patricians: A brief history of the Savonarola chair

Monday 24 September, 1–1.45pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Eric Denker

Admission free, donations welcome

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'.

Lunchtime talks

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

Image above: Detail from Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio, The Supper at Emmaus, 1601