LECTURE 4 2019 Peter Kohane: Vitruvius and his interpreters

Dates & times

Sun 7 July 2019, 3.00 pm–4.00 pm


ANU School of Art and Design Lecture Theatre

Image: Scanned from Trattato di architettura di Francesco di Giorgio Martini by Francesco di Giorgio


Languages of ART

Foundation texts in Western art history and criticism.

This year’s Lecture Series focuses on the written word. It revisits “foundational texts” relating to the visual arts. Some of these texts provided key terms which have supplied the criteria of appreciation and criticism over many centuries. Others proposed cognitive frameworks which became the ground-rules of scholarship and helped create the institutions we know today. Yet others record individual writers’ responses to the provocative novelty of the art of their day.


Peter Kohane
Vitruvius and his interpreters

This lecture traces the Renaissance rediscovery of a text on architecture dating from the 1st century BC and the recasting of its dry terminology by erudite and eloquent later writers such as Leon Battista Alberti. The augmentation of their ideas resulted in the steady enrichment of architectural aesthetics. Peter Kohane is senior lecturer, Architectural Studies, at the University of New South Wales.

ALL LECTURES are held at the ANU School of Art and Design Lecture Theatre 

Level 1 Childers Street entrance – at 3pm

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