Finding, Fixing, Faking, Making: The Dealer Stefano Bardini and the Many Hands of Bardini & Co.

A lecture by Lynn Catterson



Drawing upon the one hundred years’ worth of written and photographic archival material in the Archivio Storico Eredità Bardini in Florence, this talk discusses Bardini’s strategies for branding, marketing and transacting hundreds of Italian Renaissance objects … that were actually made in the 19C!  From there it is now finally possible to identify some of the artists working for Bardini, and attach their names to objects that are Renaissance imposters in museums and private collections, or to the objects deemed "fake" and hence relegated to storage.


If you are in Florence and would like to attend the lecture in person at the British Institute Library, please register here or send an email to

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The virtual doors will open at 18:00 Italian time on Wednesday 20th March. 


Due to copyright reasons, this lecture will not be recorded.


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This lecture is sponsored by Christopher Hyder.