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RENAISSANCE at the National Gallery of Australia



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Please note that this lecture will be filmed and will be available on the Faculty of Arts website as soon as possible.

By Professsor Jaynie Anderson FAHA CIHA

Jaynie Anderson holds the Herald Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne and is the International President of the Committee for the History of Art.  She is Principal Advisor to the National Gallery of Australia for the exhibition.

In her lecture, Professor Anderson will explore the exhibition on Italian Renaissance painting that opens at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, on 9 December 2011, and continues until 9 April 2011.  The exhibition comes from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, one of the oldest public collections in the world, created before other national galleries were formed.  It is the first time in Australia that we will see major works by renowned artists such as Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Lorenzo Lotto, Andrea Mantegna, and Raphael, to name just a few, who painted the 72 works represented.  The two Madonna paintings by Giovanni Bellini are among the most famous that he made and have provoked continual speculation about the nature of religious experience.

The exhibition has been selected from three collection: those of Giacomo Carrara, Guglielmo Lochis and Giovanni Morelli - who defined the heritage of Renaissance Italy for the Risorgimento during Italian unification. There is a particular emphasis on the northern Italian conception of the Renaissance as this exhibition comes from an Italian town located in Lombardy.

Professor Mark Considine, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and Mr Rupert Myer AM will introduce the lecture on behalf of the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Australia.  The Italian Ambassador Gian Ludovico de Martino di Montegiordano will propose the vote of thanks.

Thursday, 24 November 2011 | 6.30pm

Public Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Old Arts Building

Location map

Registration opens on Thursday, 27 October and closes on Thursday, 24 November 2011.

Contact Tamsin Courtney in the Faculty of Arts at or 8344 8985.

Giovanni Bellini
Madonna and Child, known as the Lochis Madonna, c. 1475-1476
Tempera on panel
37 x 34 cm
Accademia Carrara, Bergamo

Australian Institute of Art History

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