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Art Webinar: Desire and delirium in the history of Italian art: from Bernini to Balla



Art Webinar: Desire and delirium in the history of Italian art: from Bernini to Balla

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

Online talk by Prof. Costantino D’Orazio

costantino mezzobusto smallThe Italian Cultural Institutes of Sydney and Melbourne are pleased to present the second online conference held by Prof. Costantino D’Orazio, one of the most famous Italian art critics. Prof. D'Orazio was invited by our Institute to hold a cycle of three conferences on Italian art which will reveal to us some aspects of Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Bernini and Balla. Thanks to our guest's competence and great communication skills, we will embark on an imaginary journey through Italian art, from the Renaissance to Futurism. The conferences, especially designed for the Australian public, will all be presented live as a webinar, and the participants will have the opportunity to interact directly with Costantino D'Orazio. We are still hoping, however, to welcome D’Orazio in Australia again during the second half of 2020, on the occasion of the seminars organized by the Institute in collaboration with the Art Gallery Society of NSW, to celebrate together, with an important symposium, the 500th anniversary of Raffaello Sanzio’s death.

Desire and delirium in the history of Italian art: from Bernini to Ballabernini

The history of art can be told from many points of view: through techniques, movements, commissions, languages or styles. In this conference art historian Costantino D'Orazio chooses a different angle. He invites us to take a journey through time, from antiquity to the present day, to discover how artists have been representing Desire and Delirium. From the inventions of the Baroque to the revolutions of Romanticism, up to the provocations of the 20th century, art has drawn on the emotions of women and men by creating symbols and characters to describe them.

ballaProf. 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:

Desire and delirium in the history of Italian art: from Bernini to Balla

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.

N.B. For those who have missed the previous two lectures with Costantino d'Orazio, the firts one about Caravaggio on Thursday 28th May and the second one about Michelnagelo on 25 June, please note that the recordings of the webinars are now available at the following links:

Caravaggio: the truth and myths of a revolutionary painter

Michelangelo: the power of the body



Date: Thursday, August 06, 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