"The Power of Manus - The Symbolism of Hands in Art "

Past Live Lecture on January 17th 2022 Francesca Barberini

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The way we move our hands plays an important role in oral communication, hand gestures help explain and clarify a concept.

Even in figurative art, artists, both in painting and sculpture, use their hands to represent and highlight certain notions.

In this web lecture we will discover, through the analysis of various paintings and sculptures, how the gestures of the hands are encoded in art and help us understand these masterpieces and the meanings behind them.

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Francesca Barberini

is an art historian with a degree from the University of Rome La Sapienza, and who lives in Rome, city she truly loves. Francesca is a member of the illustrious Barberini family that produced Pope Urban VIII, who consecrated and decorated the new St Peter’s Basilica. She spent several years cataloguing art religious buildings in central Italy, she began leading tours in Rome and surroundings. Her knowledge of art is, literally, encyclopedic! Although she leads tours of all the major sites in Rome, she loves leading tours in Roman palaces focusing on the way people use to live in the “Palazzi” and the way their collections of art where “used” in daily life, expressing the ideas of the family and is completing a book on the subject. She also loves leading tours in roman churches showing the way art has been the best medium to express deep ideas and concepts of their time. With Francesca, context is key!