Imagining Architecture

David Hemsoll recently gave a paper on Veronese at the international colloquium 'Imagining Architecture' organised in conjunction with the exhibition 'Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting' at the National Gallery.

The AHRC funded one-day colloquium provided a welcome opportunity to explore fictive architecture and architectural visualisa-tion from different perspectives. Some papers investigated themes included in the exhibition and on-line catalogue, focusing on Italy c.1300 - c.1550, including: architecture as narrative, the ways in which architectural frameworks mediate between viewer and image, the role of buildings in evoking times and places, and architecture as metaphor. Topics such as the paragone between architecture and painting, the elusiveness of architectural allusion, architectural emotion, or architectural representation as an artist’s signature beyond the patron’s control, offered rich possibilities for study and discussion.