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	Francois Boucher (1703-70) The toilet 1742 (detail), oil on canvas, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain, JP Zenobel, The Bridgeman Art Library

Diploma lecture series 2012

Absolutism to enlightenment: European art and culture 1665-1765

In the late 17th century, Europe was animated by a new scientific spirit. New discoveries in the physical and social sciences permeated all aspects of human existence. A new age was born. It is the age of the triumph of reason: the enlightenment.

The art and architecture of this period belong in broad terms to the late Baroque. But in France particularly, and in the decorative arts especially, Baroque exuberance is replaced by a style of delicacy and whimsy known as the rococo. The great painters of this time, including Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard, speak a language of refined eroticism as exquisite as a set of variations by their German contemporary JS Bach.

The 18th century is the moment at which life itself becomes a work of art, as reflected in everything from a frock coat to a tea cup. The opening of trade routes with the east bring the novelties of porcelain and chinoiserie, while exotic animals, birds and plants are seen and classified for the first time. The mood of scientific enquiry translates into an exuberant curiosity and hunger for understanding which also sees the birth of the museum.

This course traces the art of the enlightenment to the height of the rococo style. At a time around 1765 the rococo is rejected in favour of neo-classicism. Just at the time the enlightenment sees its proudest achievement in the last volumes of Diderot’s great encyclopedia, there are voices of dissent. Reason is not everything. A new course is set which will end in romanticism.

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Francois Boucher (1703-70) The toilet 1742 (detail), oil on canvas, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain, JP Zenobel, The Bridgeman Art Library

Various Wednesdays 6pm
Various Thursdays 1pm
1 February - 1 November 2012
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Full year: non-members $740, members $530
Per term: non-members $310, members $220
Per lecture: non-members $35, members $25

Term 1: 1 Feb – 3 May
Term 2: 9 May – 2 Aug
Term 3: 8 Aug – 1 Nov

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

Cancellations:
Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With full year or per term tickets, there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre

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The shrinking planet

Richard Beresford

 

Wednesday 1 February 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 2 February 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Art in Rome after 1650

Christopher Allen

 

Wednesday 8 February 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 9 February 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Charles II and the restoration

Lorraine Kypiotis

 

Wednesday 15 February 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 16 February 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Performing power and prestige: the great fêtes in the gardens of Vaux and Versailles

Rachelle Johnston

 

Wednesday 22 February 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 23 February 2012 1pm – 2pm
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The court at Versailles: space, ritual and the courtly body

Mark de Vitis

 

Wednesday 29 February 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 1 March 2012 1pm – 2pm
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The late Baroque in northern Italy and Germany

Michael Hill

 

Wednesday 7 March 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 8 March 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Rubenisme versus Poussinisme

Christopher Allen

 

Wednesday 14 March 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 15 March 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Jan van Huysum: the rise and strange demise of the Baroque flower piece

Richard Beresford

 

Wednesday 21 March 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 22 March 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Learning from architecture in Sicily: classicism and the Baroque

Peter Kohane

 

Wednesday 28 March 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 29 March 2012 1pm – 2pm
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History painting from Le Brun to rococo

Mark Ledbury

 

Wednesday 4 April 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 5 April 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Meissen porcelain: the origins of white gold in Europe

Mark de Vitis

 

Wednesday 2 May 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 3 May 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Chinoiserie

Craig Judd

 

Wednesday 9 May 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 10 May 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Antoine Watteau: art, theatre and the fête galante

Josephine Touma

 

Wednesday 16 May 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 17 May 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Fashioning identity in 18th century French portraiture

Mark de Vitis

Change of date: Please note this lecture was originally scheduled on 13 & 14 June 2012

 

Wednesday 23 May 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 24 May 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Revealing and concealing in the rococo interior

Georgina Cole

 

Wednesday 30 May 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 31 May 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Eroticism and rococo art

Jennifer Milam

 

Wednesday 6 June 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 7 June 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Rocaille ornament

Terence Maloon

Change of date: Please note this lecture was originally scheduled on 23 & 24 May 2012

 

Wednesday 13 June 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 14 June 2012 1pm – 2pm
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The element of fire: porcelain in France

Josephine Touma

 

Wednesday 20 June 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 21 June 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Madame de Pompadour

Jessica Priebe

 

Wednesday 27 June 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 28 June 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Hogarth and the art of satire

Peter Raissis

 

Wednesday 18 July 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 19 July 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Listening in: the conversation piece in England

Georgina Cole

 

Wednesday 25 July 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 26 July 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Enlightened absolutism in Russia: the city of St Petersburg

Rosamund Bartlet

 

Wednesday 1 August 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 2 August 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Fashion revolution: dress in the 18th century

Peter McNeil

 

Wednesday 8 August 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 9 August 2012 1pm – 2pm
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The vedutisti: Canaletto and Bellotto

David Marshall

 

Wednesday 15 August 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 16 August 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Tiepolo in Venice and the Veneto

Lorraine Kypiotis

 

Wednesday 22 August 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 23 August 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Piranesi, defender of the Romans

Michael Hill

 

Wednesday 29 August 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 30 August 2012 1pm – 2pm
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The grand tour

Michael Hill

Change of date: Please note this lecture was originally scheduled on 12 & 13 September 2012

 

Wednesday 5 September 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 6 September 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Boucher and the artifice of nature

Jessica Priebe

Change of date: Please note this lecture was originally scheduled on 5 & 6 September 2012

 

Wednesday 12 September 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 13 September 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Liotard, La Tour and the pastellists

Peter Raissis

Change of date: Please note this lecture was originally scheduled on 17 & 18 October 2012

 

Wednesday 19 September 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 20 September 2012 1pm – 2pm
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The Enlightenment and the kingdom of animals

Craig Judd

Change of date: Please note this lecture was originally scheduled on 19 & 20 September 2012

 

Wednesday 10 October 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 11 October 2012 1pm – 2pm
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The quiet rapture of Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

Barry Pearce

Change of date: Please note this lecture was originally scheduled on 10 & 11 October 2012

 

Wednesday 17 October 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 18 October 2012 1pm – 2pm
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Happy hazards of the swing

Jennifer Milam

 

Wednesday 24 October 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 25 October 2012 1pm – 2pm
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The sleep of reason

Richard Beresford

 

Wednesday 31 October 2012 6pm – 7pm
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Thursday 1 November 2012 1pm – 2pm
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