2019 Lecture Series
Languages of ART: Foundation texts in in western art history and criticism.
This year's Lecture Series focuses on the written word. It revisits "foundational texts" relating to the visual arts. Some of these texts provided key terms which have supplied the criteria of appreciation and criticism over many centuries. Others proposed cognitive frameworks which became the ground-rules of scholarship and helped create the institutions we know today. Yet others record individual writers' responses to the provocative novelty of the art of their day.
Lorenzo Ghiberti : The Commentaries
The ground-breaking writings of the 15th century Florentine artist are categorised by art historian Francis Ames-Lewis as the "first coherent history of Italian art, the first artistic autobiography and the first attempt by an artist to discuss in words some of the intellectual and scientific principles of the visual arts, notably optics." Ghiberti's Commentaries provided an influential rationale for "the Renaissance." Terence Maloon is Director of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery.