A special research workshop with New York University’s Professor Alexander Nagel on Friday 11 March, 1.30–5pm at the University of Sydney. At its core, the seminar pursues questions fundamental to early modernity, primarily: how do the changes of European art in the sixteenth century relate to Europe’s growing cultural self-consciousness in that period? Juxtaposing images and ideas, the seminar opens a conversation around concepts proposed in the Power Lecture on Thursday 10 March. Join us as we rethink the transformations in sixteenth-century art history, theory, and style.



In this Power Seminar, visiting guest Professor Alexander Nagel looks to the period of the sixteenth century. It is within this century that a reorientation of art becomes increasingly evident, as Europe comes into cultural self-consciousness and projects for itself a central position in the world. For his seminar, Nagel asks: how does the orientation of the earlier period fall away? How is this related to the emergence of a history and theory of art, as well as a consciousness of regional schools and of artistic style itself? Finally, how can it be seen as some basic characteristic of sixteenth-century painting?



Professor Alexander Nagel is interested in how art is classified and reclassified over time, both through its practical handling and its theorisation. Anachronism, antiquarianism, archaism, citation, and forgery have been consistently the focus of his work. More recently, his work has turned to the question of orientation in Renaissance art. How do artworks serve as a means by which to orient oneself in the world? To try to answer this question for the art of the later Middle Ages and the Renaissance in the West is to open oneself to a world in which Europe was not at the center, but rather looking eastward for its values, image traditions and sacred geography, as well as its mythical origins. He is the author of Michelangelo and the Reform of Art (2000), Anachronic Renaissance (2010) co-authored with Christopher Wood, The Controversy of Renaissance Art (2011), and Medieval Modern: Art out of Time (2012).



This is a free public seminar with online registration essential. For venue information and to register your attendance, please click here.