Travels Through Time

Cultural Studies and Tours

The Man or the Moment?

Overview of Lecture Series

Vasari’s 1550 publication of The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Architects and Sculptors established the theory that the history of art was dictated by a series of genius’ who crossed the cultural world like blazing comets. Although he identified Florence as as the birth place of the Renaissance, there was scant attention paid to historical, economic, political or cultural factors in the background of these solitary men of genius (no women were considered capable of genius!)

This lecture series will question this concept of genius and argue that these men rose to fame as they were the most successful and accepted embodiments of the social forces of their times. The series will also examine what could be considered as crucial movements in the representation of reality and consider whether they were created by artists or whether, in fact, the artists were created by their environment.

Titian may have remained a useful portrait painter had he not lived precisely at the zenith of the Venetian Republic. Manet may have remained yet another artist struggling to be accepted by the Salon had he not lived at the time of advances in the study of light, speed and social change.


Sylvia Sagona

Session Dates

Stream 1 : Wednesdays: 10:15 - 12:00 noon - May 1,8, 15, 2019

Stream 2 : Fridays: 10:15 - 12:00 noon - May 3, 10, 17, 2019

Note : Doors open at 10:15 and lecture starts at 10:30 sharp.


$145 for 3 lectures in the series (incl GST)


Alloarmo, 5 Grattan Street, Hawthorn. VIC


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