In this lecture we will reflect on the Western self as it saunters through the heart of medieval Europe. In the year 1300, pilgrims stream into Rome – a sight that inspired Dante to write the Divine Comedy – technically a walk through the entire Christian cosmos. We will consider the art and inspiration left by this incredible Florentine, but then concentrate on his successor, the poet Petrarch. This man described himself as ‘everywhere a wanderer’ and his description of ascending Mount Ventoux brings into focus a new sense of the self left alone in nature and intensely self-reflective.
Each session will be from 10.30am to 12.30pm with a short 10 minute water/stretch break at intermission.
Proudly sponsored by Arab Bank Australia and Sir William Dobell Art Foundation
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