'Giovanni Bellini and Divine Proportion' a lecture by Paul Hills


'Giovanni Bellini and Divine Proportion' a lecture by Paul Hills

'Giovanni Bellini and Divine Proportion'
Venetian painting around 1500 is marked by a distinctive geometry and special regard for light. This lecture explores the synergy between the artistic and mathematical culture of the Venetian Republic from c. 1480 through to the publication of Luca Pacioli’s Divina Proportione in 1509. When Pacioli described Bellini’s art as “proportioned to perfection”, he drew attention to the harmonious relation of part to whole. While mathematicians discoursed on squaring the circle, Bellini repeatedly contrasted circle and square in plan and elevation. Examining paintings by Bellini and also by Carpaccio, I will argue that geometry takes on the force of moral rectitude. 

Tickets available here or by telephone 020 7736 6891

Members £15
Non-members £18

To include a glass of wine after the talk.

6.30 pm - Doors Open
6.45 pm - Lecture Begins
7.40 pm - Lecture ends
8.30 pm - Event ends

The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE
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