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Stripping the armour: Uncovering visual culture in the Medici court

Saturday, 31 August 2019 10.00am to Saturday, 31 August 2019 4.30pm

Venue: Domain Theatre
Lecturer: Dr Sefy Hendler, Dr Paula Dredge, Dr Natalie Tomas, Dr Nicholas Baker, Dr John Gagne, Dr Robert Brenn

Discover the fascinating history of the 16th century Medici court through the visual culture of renaissance Florence. Bringing together leading scholars, this one-day symposium will focus on the art, power and politics surrounding the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de’Medici.

The symposium will present exciting new research on the portrait by Agnolo Bronzino, 'Cosimo I de’Medici in armour' (1540s), a significant painting held in the Gallery’s collection. With recent analysis undergone at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne, further details are to be revealed on the underlying portrait beneath the surface of this painting.

Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the birth of Cosimo I de’Medici, the symposium features speakers Dr Sefy Hendler (Tel Aviv University), Dr Paula Dredge (head of paintings conservation at the Art Gallery of New South Wales), Dr Natalie Tomas (Monash University), Dr Nicholas Baker (Macquarie University), Dr John Gagne (Sydney University) and Dr Robert Brennan (Sydney University).

The symposium is presented in partnership with Macquarie University and the Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture.

The exclusive members early-release offer is now booked out. Further tickets will be made available when it goes on sale to the public on Tuesday 11 June via Qtix.