Conférence : ““Divine proportion” in Renaissance Venice: Bellini, Carpaccio and Luca Pacioli”, The Warburg Institute, 26 Oct 2017, 17.30-19.30
Speaker: Professor Paul Hills, Professor Emeritus, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Venetian painting around 1500 is marked by a distinctive geometry. In this lecture I explore the synergy between the artistic and Euclidian culture of the Venetian Republic, broadly from the arrival of Giorgio Valla in 1481 through to the publication of Luca Pacioli’s Divina proportione in 1509. Examining a number of works by Bellini and Carpaccio, I suggest how the emphasis on geometry and ‘divine proportion’ confirms the arrival of what Belting termed ‘the era of art’.
This is the first in a series of lectures on New Work on Venice.