Tag: Art History

Art and Music Lecture Series | University of Tasmania | Professor Antonio Baldassarre

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UPDATE from the Uniersity of Tasmania “We wish to advise that due to circumstances beyond our control, Prof. Antonio Baldassarre is unable to join us to present his scheduled public lectures at the University of Tasmania. We are currently in negotiations with Prof. Baldassarre for the public lectures to be presented at a later date. We will advise details once known.” The University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, in association with the Tasmanian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia, presents a series of free lectures by visiting scholar Professor Antonio Baldassarre exploring the interconnections between art and music from…

Registration Open: Conference | Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914 | Melbourne September 8-11 2016

Joseph Wright of Derby Self-portrait 1765-68 Oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Alina Cade in memory of her husband Joseph Wright Cade, 2009

Registration is now open for Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914, presented by the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. This international conference will run from September 8 to 11 and will focus on British and Australian portraits between 1700 and 1914. Inspired by the outstanding collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, this interdisciplinary conference will be the largest gathering of international and Australian scholars to focus on portraits. It will provide a unique opportunity to explore both British and Australian portraits through a dynamic interchange between academics and curators. The keynote speakers are: David…

Conference | Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914 | Melbourne September 8-11 2016

Joseph Wright of Derby Self-portrait 1765-68 Oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of Alina Cade in memory of her husband Joseph Wright Cade, 2009

The University of Melbourne and National Gallery of Victoria present Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits 1700-1914 . This international conference will run from September 8-11, 2016 and focus on British and Australian portraits between 1700 and 1914. Inspired by the outstanding collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, this interdisciplinary conference will be the largest gathering of international and Australian scholars to focus on portraits. It will provide a unique opportunity to explore both British and Australian portraits through a dynamic interchange between academics and curators. The conference will focus on British or Australian portraits both as separate fields and…

Lecture and Symposium | New Perspectives on Italian and Australian Art History | University of Melbourne

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A symposium on new perspectives on Italian and Australian Art History at the University next week, with a keynote by National Gallery of Australia Director Dr Gerard Vaughan. Full program for symposium is now available on the website (pdf link). Changing the National Gallery of Australia: re-thinking the installations | Dr Gerard Vaughan In late 2015, the Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Dr Gerard Vaughan announced: ‘We have commenced an ambitious project to transform the experience at the NGA. Every time you visit the Gallery there will be new discoveries as we constantly revitalise the galleries dedicated to…

Recent News and Writing on Art History | 22nd January 2016

Raphael (1483-1520), Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, ca. 1505-06, oil on canvas transferred from panel, 26 5/8 x 20 15/16 in. (67.7 x 53.2 cm), Galleria Borghese, Rome, inv. 371 1

A round-up of recent stories from the world of art, museums and art history. A story from Tim Walsh in Apollo that asks whether Australia’s ‘coup culture’ in politics is hurting the arts. “In the space of five years, Australia has seen five prime ministers attempt to take the reins of an increasingly erratic and jittery federal parliament. In tandem, Australia’s art world keenly felt each twist and turn; moments of optimism were eclipsed by fear and doubt with the election of the right wing conservative government led by Tony Abbott in September 2013.” A report on Enfilade that the Winterthur Museum,…

Lecture | The Artist as Collector: Sir Joshua Reynolds and his Collection of Art | Donato Esposito

Self-portrait of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A., ca. 1780
Oil on panel, 1270 X 1016 mm. Given by Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A., 1780 . Royal Academy of Arts.

Dr Donato Esposito will present a lecture on Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), the first and most famous President of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, focussing upon his activities as a collector of art. Dr Donato Esposito was a curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, London (1999-2004). He co-curated the exhibition “Sir Joshua Reynolds: the acquisition of genius” at Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery in 2009. He was recently an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He is currently working…

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…

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

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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…

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…

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…

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

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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…

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…

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…

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

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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…

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

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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…