Renaissance Perspective Painting and Aboriginal Rock Art: Framed and Unframed Art

Activity: Service and engagementPublic 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.
Period7 Mar 2019
Event title‘Renaissance Perspective Painting and Aboriginal Rock Art: Framed and Unframed Art,’
Event typeCommunity
LocationPerth, Australia, Western AustraliaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal