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Exhibition Detail
Distinguished Lecture: Renaissance Gems: Beauty, Magic, and Alchemy
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 97206

April 14th, 2013 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
© Courtesy of The Bowers Museum
orange county
(714) 567-3600
Tue-Sun 10-4

Renaissance patrons assiduously collected gems and jewels for a number of reasons: they symbolized power, wealth, and connected their owners to Greek and Roman antiquity.  Yet, perhaps one of the most important reason for collecting gems and jewels was the belief that they held occult and healing magical virtues: Lorenzo de Medici, Pope Leo X, Pope Clement VII, King Philip II, to name a few, were all treated with potions made with ground precious gems.  But there is ample evidence that intaglios, or engraved gems, were also believed to convey their magic influence through carved images.  In this lecture Dr. Leopardi will discuss the Medici's gems collection, its symbolism and connections to such occult practices as alchemy. 

Presented by Liliana Leopardi, Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Sponsored by the DeSantis Family and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation


11 AM – 12 PM; repeated 2 PM – 3 PM

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