Expressing Beauty: The modernity of Renaissance writing on Art

What is the relation between nature and artifice? Are Renaissance discussions about art and beauty still relevant today?

Watch the panel discuss Renaissance writing on art and its relation to the creative and artistic process across history.

This webinar discussed the conceptual employment of key terms/phrases used by the Renaissance erudite Francesco Bocchi in the first guidebook to the city of Florence, Le bellezze della città di Firenze (The Beauties of the City of Florence; 1591, revised by Giovanni Cinelli in 1677): "eccessiva bellezza" (excessive beauty), "leggiadria" (loveliness), "ornamento" (ornamentation), "nobiltà" (nobilty) and "dolcezza et facilità" (sweetness and facility).

What do we make of these terms today? And what does the word "excessive" reveal in relation to creative and artistic processes?

Panel: Professor Paolo Bartoloni (National University of Ireland, Galway), in conversation with Associate Professors Axel Fliethmann (Monash University) and Andrea Rizzi (University of Melbourne). The webinar was chaired by Professor Carolyn James (Monash University).

The webinar was organised by the European Languages program at Monash University, in collaboration with the Monash Centre for Medieval and Renaissance studies.

The webinar took place on Thursday 7 October 2021 at 6pm AEST.

Watch the panel discussion above or here on Vimeo.