school of languages and linguistics italian studies seminar

“The Renaissance of Gardens”
An evening symposium on Italian Renaissance gardens
Richard Aitken
Melbourne-based architect,
historian and curator
Luke Morgan
Senior Lecturer in Art History &
Theory at Monash University
Specialising in garden history Richard has published
and lectured widely, including an invitation in July
2014 to present at a colloquium on garden writing at
the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Lisbon. His
books include The Oxford Companion to Australian
Gardens (2002), Gardenesque (2004), Botanical
Riches (2006), Seeds of Change (2006), The Garden
of Ideas (2010), Cultivating Modernism (2013), and
Planting Dreams (forthcoming, 2016). From 2007–15
he was co-editor of Australian Garden History,
quarterly journal of the Australian Garden History
Society. He has recently been invited by the State
Library of New South Wales to curate a major new
garden-themed exhibition to commemorate the
bicentenary in 2016 of the Royal Botanic Gardens
Luke's books include Nature as Model: Salomon de
Caus and Early Seventeenth-Century Landscape
Design (2007) and The Monster in the Garden: The
Grotesque and the Gigantic in Renaissance
Landscape Design (2015), both published by the
University of Pennsylvania Press. Other recent
publications include the chapters on design and
meaning in A Cultural History of Gardens in the
Renaissance, ed. Elizabeth Hyde (Bloomsbury,
2013), and the chapter on gardens and landscape
for the Oxford Handbook to the Age of
Shakespeare, ed. Malcolm Smuts (OUP, forthcoming
2016). His current research on Renaissance gardens
in England and the theme of enchantment is funded
by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project
Katherine Bentz
Associate Professor of Art History
at Saint Alsem College
Andrea Rizzi
Australian Research Council Future
Fellow, The University of
Katherine's research centers on urbanism,
landscape and garden history, and antiquities
collections in early modern Rome. Her recent
publications examine Ulisse Aldrovandi’s Di tutte le
statue antiche, the rhetorical nature of Renaissance
garden gates, and the social and agricultural history
of the Cesi Garden in Rome. Her research has
been supported by several fellowships, including a
Junior Fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, a Mellon
Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University, and
grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, The
Getty Research Institute, and the National
Endowment for the Humanities.
Friday, 26 June 2015
6.00pm - 7.30pm
Macmahon Ball Theatre
Ground Floor, Old Arts Building
The University of Melbourne
Admission is free.
Bookings are required.
Seating is limited.
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For further information
please contact Jeremy Taylor at
[email protected] or
phone 8344 4720
A former Fellow at The Villa I Tatti, Andrea has
published on vernacular translators in early
Renaissance Italy, courtly culture in Ferrara and
Mantua, and Italian translators at the court of
Elizabeth I.