Lecture 2 2019 Terence Maloon, Lorenzo Ghiberti : The Commentaries

Dates & times

Sun 7 April 2019, 3.00 pm–4.00 pm


ANU School of Art & Design Lecture Theatre

Image: Lorenzo Ghiberti, The Sacrifice of Isaac (detail), 1401. Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence


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.

2: SUNDAY 7 April

Terence Maloon

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.

ALL LECTURES are held at the ANU School of Art and Design Lecture Theatre 

Level 1 Childers Street entrance – at 3pm

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