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THE PRINCE AT 500

Power of Luxury flierTo 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.

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Hard-Boiled Ladies Beware the Chicken, Caponised or Otherwise

Catherine Kovesi   University of Melbourne

When I was a child I used to love looking through my mother’s autograph book. It was a beautiful, soft, suede covered book, bound together with suede string ties. And it was full of the most wonderful autographs and sketches from people Catherine 1she had associated with whilst she was a student at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford. One of the entries, in particular, I loved. It was a detailed drawing of a man in Renaissance costume, and thanked my mother for her efforts at sewing ‘sleeves within sleeves within sleeves’. Of course I didn’t realise it at the time, but the entry was by Frawley Becker, then a student at the Ruskin College of Art in Oxford, and later a voice coach to the stars in Hollywood. He had designed the costumes for a production of Machiavelli’s play La Mandragola, in a new translation by the great John Hale who was also the producer, and who, in 1956, was in his first academic post as Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford.

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