Symposium The Power of Luxury: Art and Culture at the Italian Courts in Machiavelli’s Lifetime

This symposium argues that the real Renaissance took place in the realms of politics, fashion and the refinement of everyday living, rather than in the commissioning of paintings by Botticelli and Bellini.

The symposium has been arranged in partnership with the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan, the Italian Embassy in Canberra, the Fondazione SUM in Milan, and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Los Angeles. There will be eleven distinguished speakers from abroad in addition to the leading Australian scholars. The symposium should be of particular interest to curators of decorative arts in Australian museums.

Registration is free and is available here.

Further information and the full program can be found here.

Date: 19 February – 20 February, 2013

Venue: Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, University of Melbourne