Patricia Simons Lecture: Wit and Materiality: Meaning in the Making of Renaissance Art

13 August, 2012
6.00 - 7.30pm


The Power Institute is pleased to announce an engaging lecture by art historian Patricia Simons, co-presented with Sydney Ideas.

Much of art history is rightly concerned with analysing meaning at the level of representation and fiction, treating actual materials as almost incidental to meaning. In contrast, this lecture will focus on how Renaissance artists took advantage of their raw materials in order to foreground their skill and wit as well as physically accentuate the meaning of their crafted objects. From techniques of marble carving to clever signatures, from raised areas of paint and gesso to jokes played with the shape of jugs, meaning often resulted from the witty as well as literal manipulation of material substance.

Patricia Simons taught at Power before going on to become Professor at the History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her most recent publication is The Sex of Men in Premodern Europe: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press, 2011).


Location: Law School Foyer, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Contact:Susan Thomas