My idea is this. I'm going to enter the world of the spoken word and present a podcast called Renaissance Utterances. My focus is going to be on precisely what I am good at; that is to say, the history of art from a interdisciplinary point of view, with emphasis on the early modern period.
This gives me scope to be as broad as I wish, just as I am with this blog, but I hope that the podcast will add a different dimension. One of my aims last year was to improve my writing but this year I would like to try a different medium of communication. One which is outside my comfort zone and totally untested.
Anyway this is not supposed to be a ramble, so much as a statement of intent to whet the appetite. The first series will look something like this;
'Renaissance World of Wood' 1540-1600
1. The ubiquitous and mutable world of wood - an introduction
2. Technology and wood - the wire drawing bench
3. Science and the rooms of wonder - the cabinet
4. Dynastic objects - the Anne of Cleves headboard
5. Wood and religion - the boxwood prayer beads/carved cherry pips
6. Leisure and wood - chequer/drafts pieces/hunting equipment
For the second series, I am going to revisit renaissance gardens because I haven't done that for a while and there must be new scholarship. And frankly I love talking about gardens.
Renaissance Gardens of Europe
1. Revisiting Pratolino
2. A missing French garden at Ecouen
3. The Elector of Saxony's Dresden garden
4. Missing Nonesuch
5. Noches en los jardines de España
6. Early Russian gardens
There is also a tentative idea about glass but I think I have enough to think about.