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Displaying Renaissance Art in Melbourne

Martin, Matthew (2015) Displaying Renaissance Art in Melbourne. kunsttexte.de (3). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1618 - 8101


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In 2014 the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia embarked upon a redisplay of its Italian fifteenth and sixteenth century holdings. Inspired by recent art historical scholarship exploring the materiality of family life in the Renaissance casa the new displays depart from the traditional museum ordering principles of geography and chronology in favour of groupings of artworks structured around themes like marriage, domestic devotion and the Humanist scholar. Such thematic displays not only make best use of the museum’s collections which, whilst including many works of great distinction, are by no means comprehensive in scope, but also open up new avenues of audience engagement. By replacing the interpretive apparatus of traditional connoisseurship with an interest in the role of objects in performing and memorialising the rituals surrounding key life events of fifteenth and sixteenth century Italian families, as well as exploring the role of consumption in self-representation, connections are forged with the lives and interests of the contemporary visiting public.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Italian Renaissance, Art, Museum display, Devotional art
Fields of Research: 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190102 Art History
21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210204 Museum Studies
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950504 Understanding Europe's Past
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
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Depositing User: Dr Matthew Martin
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 02:59
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2017 08:18
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2100

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