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Art webinar: Truth, Power and Desire: A Journey into the Emotions in the History of Italian Art



Art webinar: Truth, Power and Desire: A Journey into the Emotions in the History of Italian Art

A series of online talks given by art critic Costantino D’Orazio

Dear friends,

As you all know, due to the COVID-19 emergency the Institute had to postpone all the events that involve the physical presence of people at the Institute or at other cultural institutions that we collaborate with. The first initiative we put in place to counter this emergency was moving our Italian language and culture courses onto an online platform, and this strategy has so far proved very successful.

As to the events that were already included in our 2020 calendar, we have already shared with you on social media a series of cultural initiatives brought forward in Italy that demonstrate our country’s vitality even in such difficult times. The inauguration of the HEAD ON Sydney International Photography Festival was also presented online, a great success that saw the participation of thousands of viewers. Launching a festival in such a fashion was a real experiment, which we were very happy to encourage, also to give our support to the Italian artists being exhibited and to assist the cultural operators, who at the moment are going through very difficult times.

Here at the Institute we have and will continue to present a series of virtual events designed just for you, in the hope that you will appreciate them and that you will share them with all those interested in Italian culture. Here is a brief overview of some of the events that we are going to offer:

Together with the Italian Cultural Institute in Melbourne we are proposing a series of lectures by Costantino D’Orazio, one of the most famous Italian art critics. The three conferences, which will take place between the 28th of May and the 6th of August, will analyse the work of artists such as Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Bernini and Balla, giving us an insight into less known aspects of these great painters, thanks to the expertise and great communication skills of our distinguished guest. The conferences will be live-streamed and the audience will have the chance to interact directly with Costantino D’Orazio. However, we hope to be able to see him again in Australia during the second half of 2020 on the occasion of a symposium organized by the Institute in collaboration the Art Gallery Society of NSW on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of of Raffaello Sanzio’s death.

Between the 11th and the 22nd of June we will publish on our website five short concerts recorded in Australia by two Italian artists, Enza Pagliara e Dario Muci, who were supposed to give a series of concerts in Australia and who decided to produce these videos to leave a captivating testimony of the stimulating experiences they had during their involuntary two-month stay in Australia.

We will also resume the film festival Bittersweet...such is life - Vite in agrodolce, with the online screening of three movies in collaboration with the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
28 May 2020

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Immoral, murderer, insane. Brilliant, prophetic, revolutionary. Who was really Caravaggio? Numerous mysteries still surround the elusive and controversial figure of Michelangelo Merisi. Art historian Costantino D'Orazio will cast some light on the shadows that surround the artist by analysing his masterpieces in a journey through time, to relive the atmospheres of the time and discover the seductive and deceptive tricks that the painter used to hide meanings deep within his works. Based on the latest discoveries about the artist, Prof. D’Orazio's conference is aimed at those who love Michelangelo, to those who think they know him well and want to know more, and those who want to discover the appeal of this revolutionary painter. After him, nothing was like it was before.

costantino mezzobusto smallProf. Costantino D’Orazio was born in Rome in 1974. He is a leading art historian, curator and essayist. He has published several successful books on Italian art history. He is senior curator at MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome) and lectures within the Master for Art Curators at Luiss University and Link Campus. He is a regular contributor to the art programs aired on Italian national radio and TV stations RAI 3, Rainews24, Radio 2 and Radio 3. He is the author, among others, of Caravaggio segreto (Secret Caravaggio, Sperling & Kupfer 2013), Leonardo segreto (Secret Leonardo, Sperling & Kupfer 2014), Michelangelo. Io sono fuoco. Autobiografia di un genio (Michelangelo. I am fire. Autobiography of a genius, Sperling & Kupfer 2016), Ma liberaci dal male (Free us from evil, Sperling & Kupfer, 2017), Mercanti di bellezza (Beauty merchants, Rai Eri, 2017) and Leonardo svelato (Leonardo revealed, Sperling & Kupfer, 2019).

This webinar will be held online via Zoom and you can book by clicking on this link:

Caravaggio: truth and myths of a legendary painter

The times for the Australian States and Territories are:

  • 6.30pm AEST (VIC, NSW, TAS, QLD)
  • 6pm ACST (SA, NT)
  • 4:30pm AWST (WA)

The event is free of charge and it is organised in collaboration with the IIC Melbourne.

The webinar will be held in ENGLISH.


Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Melbourne

Entrance : Free