Paul Hills’ lecture ‘Clothing the Word: Filippo Lippi, Donatello and Bellini’ examines the ways in which the Word made Flesh (i.e. the body of Christ) and the Word as Text (i.e. bible or sacred book) are wrapped or clothed. It explores wrapping, veiling and unveiling as reality and metaphor in fifteenth-century Italian painting and sculpture.

This Power Lecture was held on 14 May 2013, as part of the Sydney Ideas program at the University of Sydney.



Paul Hills is Professor at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He is well known for his publications on colour, Italian Renaissance art and the poet and painter David Jones, as well as essays on contemporary artists such as Simon Lewty, Ana Maria Pacheco and Antoni Malinowski. He has been a visiting professor at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies) and the Royal College of Art, and has lectured on Renaissance art at international venues. His books include David Jones (1981), The Light of Early Italian Painting (1987), and Venetian Colour: Marble, Mosaic, Painting and Glass, 1250-1550 (1999).