Melbourne Masterclass: Senses of Italy
Thursdays, 5, 12, 19 & 26 October and 2 November, 2017, 6.15pm-8.15pm

‘All our knowledge begins with the senses…’ (Immanuel Kant).

The Faculty of Arts brings together scholars working in the field of Italian studies to present this series of evening lectures exploring the notion of ‘what is Italian’, through an historical journey of the five senses: scent, sight, sound, taste, and touch. Held over five consecutive weeks this program brings to life aspects of Italian culture, history, art, film, literature, music, and food of significant moments throughout Italian history.

Learn about the history of perfumes and engage in an interactive session sampling and receiving perfumes from Aquaflor, a Florentine perfume house presented by international olfactory specialist Dr Antonio Artese from Italy. Uncover the hidden identity of one of our beloved Iocal Italian paintings with Carl Villis, conservator from the National Gallery of Victoria. Hear featured presentations on print cultures of the Italian Renaissance; 17th Century female painter Artemisia Gentileschi; Italian film Voyage to Italy by director Roberto Rossellini; the intersections of modernist art and food, and Italian music throughout key periods.

Thursday, 5 October: Scent
‘The Scents of Italy: A multi sensorial immersion into the history of perfume of Italy’
Speakers: Dr Catherine Kovesi, The University of Melbourne and Dr Antonio Artese, international olfactory specialist, Aquaflor, a boutique Florentine perfume house

Thursday, 12 October: Sight
‘“The higher the price, the harder I will strive”. Money, fame and career considerations in the correspondence of Artemisia Gentileschi’
Speaker: Associate Professor Christopher Marshall, The University of Melbourne
‘Voyage to Italy, Roberto Rossellini, 1954’
Speaker: Dr Mark Nicholls, The University of Melbourne

Thursday, 19 October: Sound
‘Seeing music in early modern Italy: Painted representations of music, 1500-1650’
Speaker: John Weretka, The University of Melbourne
‘Hearing the world falling apart: Italy, poetics, music and madness before the Great War’
Speaker: Dr Malcolm Angelucci, The University of Melbourne

Thursday, 26 October: Taste
‘Italian futurist art and food’
Speakers: Professor John Hajek and Dr Anthony White, The University of Melbourne

Thursday, 2 November: Touch
‘Browsing the Italian Renaissance: Texts, images and visibility’
Speaker: Dr Andrea Rizzi, The University of Melbourne
‘Investigating Italian paintings at the National Gallery of Victoria’
Speaker: Carl Villis, Paintings Conservator, National Gallery of Victoria

For full program details, including presenter biographies and session abstracts, please download the series flyer.

Individual session: $55*/ $65
Series pass: $250*/$300

*University of Melbourne alumni, staff and students
Prices are inclusive of GST