To mark the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli’s composition of The Prince, a group of Italian, Australian and US institutions – the Embassy of Italy in Canberra, the Australian Institute of Art History of the University of Melbourne (Melbourne), the Fondazione per l’Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Milan and Florence), the Museo Poldi Pezzoli (Milan), the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Florence and Naples) and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Los Angeles) – has organised a series of international symposia with the participation of leading Renaissance scholars. The first, The Power of Luxury: Art and Culture at the Italian Courts in Machiavelli’s Lifetime, will be held at the University of Melbourne on 19-20 February 2013. Registration is free, and the programme, abstracts and details of the location can be found here.
The second – Of Loves and Ladies, Knights and Arms: the Renaissance Effect – will be held at the University of Sydney on February 25, 2013, with the sponsorship of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Sydney, and the Power Institute. Details of the programme, speakers and location are available here. Further symposia will be held at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Los Angeles, From Earthly Pleasures to Princely Glories in the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds, on May 17-18, 2013 and at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM) in Florence, Machiavelli e l’Italia, on June 13, 2013.