W.T.C Walker Lecture: From Brunelleschi to Michelangelo to Sinan: Mediterranean Perspectives on the Architect's Biography

Wednesday 27 February 2013 18.00-19.30

W.T.C. Walker Lecture: From Brunelleschi to Michelangelo to Sinan: Mediterranean Perspectives on the Architect’s Biography

This paper explores the development of a language of self-presentation by artists and focuses on the similarities and differences between approaches in Italian and Ottoman contexts. Shared geographies and exposure to antiquity invite comparisons between East and West, yet also disclose divergences in the evaluation of art/architecture and the performance of artistic work. It will be argued that although largely an assessment of the architect’s education, travel experiences, interaction with patrons and building sites, the biography and/or autobiography ultimately transcends the mundane details of day-to-day activity and provides significant insight into the definitions of architecture and the creative act.

Alina Payne (Harvard University)