Venice in Peril

Venice in Peril Lecture Series

Here Comes the Light:
The Story of the Nativity in Renaissance Venice

Dr Carlo Corsato

Monday 2 December 2024

Lecture and Drinks Reception - 6.30-8pm

Tickets £25 to include drinks reception

At The Society of Antiquaries
Burlington House
London W1J 0BE


The Nativity is undoubtedly one of the most popular subjects in Western art. Despite artists’ fascination with Classical antiquity during the Renaissance, they continued to return to the birth of Jesus, from his miraculous conception to his revelation to the world.

However, paintings didn’t merely replicate the different episodes that were economically described in the Gospels and apocryphal sources. Artists introduced additional angels and animals, elaborate architecture and natural landscapes, and emphasised nocturnal scenes, so as to explore the possibility of new interpretations and broader narratives in the Nativity story. In this lecture, Dr Carlo Corsato of the National Gallery will explore how artists such as Titian, Bassano, Tintoretto, and Veronese reimagined the Nativity in their art, transforming an old narrative into a new and exciting story for their times and ours.


Dr Carlo Corsato is Project Curator and Gallery Educator at the National Gallery, London. As an art historian and lecturer specialising in Venetian art and architecture, he co-edited the first completed monograph on the church of the Frari, Venice. He has also published widely in international journals.

All proceeds from this event will go directly towards the vital conservation work of Venice in Peril