Tag Archive for Art History

Symposium | The Legacy of Hugh Ramsay | National Gallery of Australia

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Hugh Ramsay’s life was short but his impact endures. In celebration of the endowment of a chair in Australian art history at the University of Melbourne in his name, by his great niece Patricia Fullerton, the Australian Institute of Art History together with the National Gallery of Australia present this one day symposium reassessing his legacies. Date: Monday 30th March 2015, 9:00am – 5.00 pm Venue: James O Fairfax Theatre Free to attend but bookings are essential. Register here. Program 9.45 – 11.00am SESSION ONE Hugh Ramsay and philanthropy Gerard Vaughan, Director, National Gallery of Australia The life of Hugh Ramsay Patricia Fullerton  Hugh Ramsay in an Australian Context Mary Eagle 11.30am – 12.30pm SESSION TWO Hugh Ramsay and George Lambert Anna Gray The portraiture…

News | New Endowed Chair in Australian Art History for the University of Melbourne


Today the University of Melbourne announced a new fully endowed Chair in Art History at the University of Melbourne, to be named in honour of the Australia artist Hugh Ramsay. This, alongside the news that the university has also begun the process to recruit a new Herald Chair of Fine Arts, is great news for the Art History program at Melbourne, as well as for Art History in Australia more broadly. From the Head of the School of Culture and Communication, Professor Rachel Fensham: The Australian artist Hugh Ramsay (1877-1906) has been memorialized in a major gift to the University’s Art History Program.   Widely acknowledged as one of the most brilliant students ever trained in Victoria – and as an artist whose light shone very…

News, Writing and Reviews on Art and Art History | March 21st 2014

Is that a cockatoo I see? Andrea Mantegna,1496, Tempera on canvas, Louvre Museum, Paris

News, Writing and Reviews on Art and Art History Katrina Grant Ron Radford, director of the National Gallery of Australia, has announced his plans to retire. He will step down from the role in September. He has been director since 2005. More here. An article in The Guardian about the work of Heather Dalton from the University of Melbourne that proposes that there is a sulphur-crested cockatoo in Mantegna’s Madonna della Vittoria (1496). I think I am keeping my sceptical hat on for this one – though I am intrigued and would like to read the full research. One commenter on The Guardian seems to have solved it though saying – “All this proves, is that the Italian cockatoo is extinct.”…

Lecture Series | Views of Ancient Rome at the State Library of Victoria

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Veduta interna del Panteon (View of the interior of the Pantheon), 1760s-70s edition.

Views of Ancient Rome lecture series In association with ASA Cultural Tours, the State Library of Victoria is holding a lecture series that coincides with the exhibition Rome: Piranesi’s vision. The Ruins and Discoveries of Rome 1500-1700  Prof. Frank Sear illuminates the complex development of Roman architecture, examining the ruins that supplied both inspiration and material for the construction of the papal city. Thursday 27 March, 6-7pm Piranesi and Views of Ancient and Modern Rome  Prof. David Marshall talks about Piranesi and the differing views of ancient and modern Rome. Thursday 10 April, 6-7pm Piranesi, Pirro Ligorio and the Visionary Recreation of Ancient Rome in the Renaissance and Baroque Periods Prof. David Marshall explores the topic of Piranesi, Pirro Ligorio…

Lecture | Professor Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Director, The Getty Research Institute | Sydney University


Professor Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Director, The Getty Research Institute The Power Institute and Sydney Ideas are proud to present a lecture by internationally respected art scholar and historian, and Director of the Getty Research Institute, Professor Thomas W. Gaehtgens. In his presentation, Professor Gaehtgens will share insights from his seven years at the helm of the Getty Research Institute, one of the world’s most preeminent research centers for arts and culture. In particular, Professor Gaehtgens will discuss the work of the Getty Research Institute with regard to its global commitment to research and scholarly resources. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Professor Gaehtgens speak, and to learn how a leading institution such as the Getty successfully dedicates itself to…

Exhibitions and Symposium | ‘Rome: Piranesi’s Vision’ at the SLV and ‘The Piranesi Effect’ at the Ian Potter

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Remains of the aqueduct of Nero, 1760-78, etching, Baillieu Library Print Collection, the University of Melbourne.

In February 2014 two exhibitions on the eighteenth-century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi will open in Melbourne. The State Library of Victoria will host ‘Rome: Piranesi’s Vision’ – an exhibition of Piranesi’s prints, with a particular focus on his Vedute di Roma. This exhibition will draw on the collections of the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. It will also include illustrated books and paintings by his contemporaries. More information and details of related events on the SLV website. The exhibition is free and will run from Saturday 22 February 2014 – Sunday 22 June 2014 at the Keith Murdoch Gallery in the State Library of Victoria. The Ian Potter Museum at the University of Melbourne will host ‘The Piranesi…

Exhibition Review | ‘America: Painting a Nation’. Reviewed by Diane Kirkby.

Fig. 3 Henry Inman, No-Tin (Wind), a Chippewa Chief, 1832-3 Oil on canvas, Gift of the 2008 Collectors Committee (M.2008.58), Los Angeles County Museum of Art

America: Painting a Nation Diane Kirkby  America: Painting a Nation is at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 8th November 2013 – 9th February 2014. At a time when historians are increasingly displacing nation-building as the purpose for knowing the past, it could seem a retrograde step to make this the foundation principle through which to showcase important works of art. Nevertheless, an exhibition organised around the concept of Painting a Nation immediately provokes questions about meaning and definitions that may not have simple answers. Approaching the exhibition as a historian of the United States and its art, I was mindful of the question former Time magazine art critic Robert Hughes asked: ‘What can you learn about America by looking…

Lecture | Pat Simons ‘The Crone, the Witch and the Library in Renaissance Italy’


The Crone, the Witch and the Library in Renaissance Italy Professor Pat Simons, University of Michigan This paper examines ways in which renewed attention to antiquity during the Renaissance re-invigorated misogynist stereotypes of old women as well as bringing new evidence to the emerging discourse about witches, hence shaping for the hag a vivid pictorial presence. Proof for the threatening female figure was drawn from the humanist’s library of classical authors, many cited in Giovanfrancesco Pico della Mirandola’s Stryx (1523), which stated that witches were ‘ancient in essence and new in accidents.’ Late medieval depictions of the crone were amalgamated with classical precedents to produce new or revised images such as the personification of Envy, which is a focus here,…

EVCS | Angelo Lo Conte, ‘Landscapes & Garlands of Flowers: an example of naturalistic Lombard devotion’.


Angelo Lo Conte Landscapes & Garlands of Flowers: an example of naturalistic Lombard devotion. This paper explores the invention and the development of the garland of flowers in European art, characterizing it as an example of mutual synergy between Italian philosophy and Flemish art. During the second half of the sixteenth century, Christian philosophy was strongly influenced by figures such as Filippo Neri, Agostino Valier and Federico Borromeo, who introduced a second wave of Counter-Reformational thought based on an innovative, optimistic idea of the world and of mankind’s role in it. According to this interpretation, all created things, animate and inanimate, had a positive value. Nature was thus seen as a manifestation of God’s goodness, and contemplation of nature became…

NGV Forum | How to look good naked – From Antiquity to the Renaissance

GREECE / ITALY Torso of an athlete 1st century BC-1st century AD  marble 102.6 x 52.1 x 27.4 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, in memory of Professor A. D. Trendall, 1997

Forum: How to look good naked- From Antiquity to the Renaissance Sat 9 Nov, 1-3.30pm Ancient Greeks Looking Good: Nudity, Clothing and Antiquities at the NGV The ancient Greeks celebrated the body beautiful – which, for males at least, also meant the naked body. Men exercised and competed at athletic games in the nude, and their victories in both sport and war were commemorated with statues of idealised, perfectly formed nude bodies. Women in contrast were depicted clothed, until famously and scandalously the 4th century BC sculptor Praxiteles created the Aphrodite of Knidos, the first completely naked female sculpture. Painted vases show a similar obsession with idealised bodies, but also reveal a diversity of approaches to nudity: the comical side to…

EVCS | Felicity Harley-McGowan ‘Being Blunt: The art history ‘revolution’ in 1940s London′

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  Felicity Harley-McGowan ‘Being Blunt': The art history ‘revolution’ in 1940s London In 1940, London was home to a thriving network of scholarly activity in the discipline of art history. Three books published in that year have been seen within their own fields of research to epitomise the radical transformation of the discipline in the English-speaking world across the 1930s and 1940s. Concerning aspects of classical, medieval and Renaissance art and intellectual culture, each was published by a leading institution (The Courtauld Institute, British Museum, and The Warburg Institute), and authored by now-celebrated scholars (Anthony Blunt, Ernst Kitzinger, and Jean Seznec). This paper will examine aspects of the innovative pedagogical and research ideas epitomised by the books collectively; and with…

EVCS | Anne McComish ‘Myths and Reality: Mosaics from the Vatican Studio, 1900-32′

Anne McComish Myths and Reality: Mosaics from the Vatican Studio, 1900-32 The Vatican Mosaic Studio has been producing mosaic artworks of the highest quality since 1727. Some of its finest works take pride of place in the decorative-arts collections of the world’s major galleries, while others are regularly offered for sale by the world’s leading auction houses. Naturally, the finest works are the most valuable, and it is frequently also assumed that the finest works are necessarily the oldest. However, are all of the works on display or offered for sale as old as their gallery labels or sales catalogues suggest? And how many of them are from the Vatican Mosaic Studio at all? Attribution and dating are among the…

Reminder | AAANZ call for papers closes this Friday 30th August

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The call for papers for this year’s AAANZ conference ‘Inter-discipline’ (Melbourne, December 7-9) closes this Friday 30th August. Please see the CFP page for details, or download the call for papers as a PDF here AAANZ_Call_For_Papers (updated) Please note a few sessions have been updated since the original CFP was posted. There is an open session if you have a paper that fits the theme of the conference but doesn’t fit with any of the sessions. There is a list of Early Modern art history sessions here.

AAANZ 2013 PhD Graduate Prize | Entries invited


A new competition for recent PhD Graduates to be judged on Saturday 7 December 2013, prior to the Annual AAANZ conference in Melbourne.   The outstanding presentation will receive $1000 sponsored by Taylor and Francis the new publisher of the AAANZ journal. Eligibility • Candidates who have been awarded a PhD in 2012 • Candidates must be members of AAANZ Submission Candidates should submit their thesis abstract and, if appropriate, excerpts from their markers’ reports (2–3 page maximum). In addition, they will present their work to a judging panel in December, following the guidelines for the 3-minute thesis competition (details below). Rules 1) A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted 2) No additional electronic media 3) No additional props 4)…

EVCS 2013

After a brief hiatus, the European Visual Culture Seminar series returns with three papers of the second half of 2013. All three will be held in Room 205, Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville. Monday 23 September, 6:30pm Anne McComish, Myths and Reality: Mosaics from the Vatican Mosaic Studio, 1900-32. Monday 28 October, 6:30pm Felicity Harley-McGowan, Being Blunt: The Art History ‘Revolution’ in 1940s London. Monday 25 November, 6:30pm Angelo Lo Conte, Landscapes and Garlands of Flowers: An example of naturalistic Lombard devotion.