Leonardo's best pupil: Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio

Monday 27th June, 6.00PM

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Dr Antonio Mazzotta who will present an online evening lecture exploring the work of Leonardo da Vinci’s best pupil: Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio.  Boltraffio (ca. 1467–1516) is known as having been the most skilled pupil of Leonardo during the first Milanese sojourn of the Tuscan master (from 1482 until 1499). Boltraffio’s masterly skills, both in drawing and painting, led the courts and patrons of northern Italy to celebrate him as one of the best artists of his generation.

Dr Antonio Mazzotta studied Art History at the University of Milan and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He is currently lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Milan. Dr Mazzotta worked as Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery in 2008-2010, where he curated the exhibition Titian’s First Masterpiece: The Flight Into Egypt (2012). In 2018-2019 he curated an exhibition at the Castello Sforzesco (Milan) exploring the origins of the iconography of Michelangelo's Pietà (Vesperbild: Alle origini delle Pietà di Michelangelo). Dr Mazzotta's main research topics are Venetian and Lombard art of the Renaissance, and the history of collecting. His many scholarly publications are viewable at:

Dr Mazzotta has led a number of livestream tours for Art History in Focus, including broadcasts from the Pinacoteca di Brera, the Castello Sforzesco, the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum and the Portinari Chapel. We are delighted to welcome him once more this evening.

This is a live-streamed, interactive lecture which will be given at 6.00pm (UK time).  Tune in from anywhere in the world to watch or enjoy a recorded version of the lecture which can be accessed for up to 2 days afterwards. It will last approximately one hour including Q&A. For those who are unable to participate live, you will automatically be sent a recording soon after the end of the session. Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed.  Bookings close the day before the event is streamed.


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Please ensure you enter your email address correctly, as your Zoom link will be sent to this address, thank you.

The participation fee is £10.00 per person, if making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses and book them as separate participants.


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You will receive an email approximately 24-48 hours in advance of the event asking you to register.** This is a privacy function enabling only registered participants to attend. After registering you will receive the Zoom log in link immediately both on your screen and by email, please keep it safe as you will need it to log in

** Please note that these details are sent out in office hours, so if you book on a weekend you may not receive them until Monday. You must register with the same name that you have booked under, otherwise you may not be able to watch. If you have not received your email confirmations, please check your ‘deleted items' and 'junk mail' folders.


Join the lecture at least ten minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working.

If you are not able to watch the lecture at the time it is live-streamed, you can watch on catch up. Just book online as normal and you will be contacted soon after the event with instructions on how to access the recording. This will be available to watch on catch up later that evening and for the following 2 days.. You do not need to advise us if you can't participate live, don't worry! Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed

Bookings close the day before the lecture is streamed.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event. We regret that we are unable to offer technical support with Zoom but tips can be found in the attachment. If you would like to book more than one event, please book separately for each lecture that you would like to attend, thank you. If you are booking for more than one person, it is important that you include their email address so that we can send them the lecture link too. We regret we are unable to offer refunds but don't worry if you are not able to attend, as we will send you the recording link.

Image credit - Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, Head of a Youth with Ivy Wreath, Uffizi Gallery, Florence  

Another wonderful lecture by Antonio Mazzotta! Thank you so much for making all this available to us!!”

Mrs S London

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