Textile installations and pictoral imagination in Renaissance Italy
WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 18.00–19.30
Paul Hills (Courtauld)
Temporary installations of all manner of cloths and textiles were a conspicuous feature of the streets, palaces and churches of Italian cities. This lecture explores how these manifold installations introduced make-believe into the very fabric of the city and its social life, and in turn shaped the pictorial imagination of painters and their public.
Paul Hills, Emeritus Professor of the Courtauld Institute, is the author of Veiled Presence: Body and Drapery from Giotto to Titian, 2018, Venetian Colour, 1999, and The Light of Early Italian Painting, 1987. He is co-author of The Art of David Jones: Vision and Memory, 2015, and has also published essays on contemporary artists, including Shirazeh Houshiary, Brice Marden and Howard Hodgkin. He has been visiting professor at The Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence, as well as the Institute of Fine Arts in New York and at the Royal College of Art in London.