Renaissance Art and Song

A series of four free lectures, with choral performances, at the Museum's Historic Council Chambers site

Lectures by Dr Sam Bowker of Charles Sturt University. Minor Details choir coordinated by Marie-Cecile Henderson of the Riverina Conservatorium of Music.

Thursdays from 5:30 - 6:30pm from 5 October - 26 October


***sorry - these lectures are now booked out***

Lecture topics

5 October - Lecture 1: Before the Renaissance

In this lecture we consider the importance of the Italian Renaissance, and survey the influence of ancient Greece, Rome, Byzantium and Medieval Europe upon the art and song of this extraordinary period.

Image: Laocoön and His Sons (Circa 200BCE, Collection of the Vatican Museum)

12 October - Lecture 2: The Quattrocentro in Florence

Powerful patrons and practitioners transformed Florence and other Italian cities by commissioning art for propaganda and politics. From Brunelleschi to Botticelli, this lecture reveals Ghiberti's golden 'Gates of Paradise' and stokes Savonarola's 'Bonfires of the Vanities'.

Image: Detail from the Gates of Paradise

19 October - Lecture 3: The High Renaissance in Rome

From the Sistine Chapel to the mythology of 'genius', this evening examines the legacy of Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo and other leading voices.

Image: Detail from The Last Judgement by Michelangelo

26 October - Lecture 4: Venice and Beyond

In an age of crisis, La Serenissma became a haven for artists and scholars. This lecture considers the art and songs of the island republic, from Palladio's Venetian windows to Veronese's strange guests. From there we move into concepts of Mannerism, the fig-leaves of the Reformation, and the magnificence of the Baroque.

Image: View over Venice (Photo by Sam Bowker)

Renaissance Art and Song is supported by the Wagga Wagga City Council Annual Grants Program, the Museum of the Riverina and Eastern Riverina Arts.