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Art in Siena, 1300-1500

August 04, 2018 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Speaker: Dr Kathleen Olive

Academy Travel continues to be a proud sponsor of the Nicholson Museum’s 2018 Saturday series, Postcards from the Past. Academy Travel tour leader Dr Kathleen Olive will be presenting a talk on the Art in Siena this August.

Poor Siena! Consciously overshadowed by Florence since its absorption into the Medici state in 1555, its economy and cultural life were systematically crippled. In the modern era, Siena’s glorious Middle Ages were comprised of Mussolini’s propaganda, the mad pageantry of the Palio horse race and the rebuilding of the Gothic buildings on the Campo. It’s time instead to argue for the city’s innovations, with this talk focusing on lesser-known Renaissance Siena. From Simone Martini and the Lorenzetti’s response to internationalism, Giotto and even the Black Death, we move to the dynamic, elegant and often unsettling 15th-century paintings of Sassetta, Vecchietta and Matteo di Giovanni. And we conclude by examining the Sienese origins of Mannerism, with the often overlooked Beccafumi.

Dr Kathleen Olive is a literary and cultural historian with close to 15 years’ experience leading tours to Italy. She has a strong personal interest in the visual arts, interior design, fashion history and contemporary fiction. Kathleen holds a BA with first class Honours and a PhD, both from the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Sydney. For a number of years she worked as a lecturer at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney, teaching Italian language, literature and history.

This event is free, though booking through the Nicholson Museum is required. Contact # (02) 9351 2812.


August 4, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


General Lecture Theatre, Main Quadrangle, University of Sydney
University Place
Camperdown, NSW 2050 Australia
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