Activity: Service and engagement › Public lecture, debate or seminar
In the last of four lectures on Art and Changing World Pictures, Emeritus Professor Read begins with a contrast between unframed Aborginal rock painting to explain the colonizing implications of Renaissance perspectival science in the beautiful and complex The Flagellation s by Piero della Francesca at the Ducal Palace, Urbino (c. 1455-65). The talk shows how Renaissance perspective differs from ordinary optical experience in finding visual forms for the new conditions of Renaissance mercantile society: theology, commerce, mathematics, and ‘ideal’ cities designed to express the absolute power of princes and popes. The lecture ends with continuities and contrasts between Piero’s art and the art of the nineteenth-century French Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, whose analogous spatial objectivity depends on assumptions of inductive science rather than theological knowledge.
7 Mar 2019
‘Renaissance Perspective Painting and Aboriginal Rock Art: Framed and Unframed Art,’