David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

18 April 2012

Advancement Activity

In today's paper, the following article :

Vaughan back to uni
Gina McColl / The Age
18 April 2012

THE outgoing director of the National Gallery of Victoria, Gerard Vaughan, will remain in Melbourne and return to academia when he leaves his post in July after 13 years at the gallery.

Yesterday, the University of Melbourne announced Vaughan had been appointed the Gerry Higgins professorial fellow in art history. The new three-year position is funded by a donation from Allan Myers, eminent lawyer, philanthropist and president of the NGV's Council of Trustees.

Vaughan, who studied and taught art history at the university before completing his doctorate at Oxford University, said he was looking forward to returning to teaching and research.

''In particular, I will be undertaking a major project to research and document the history of private art collecting, taste and patronage in Australia, and its dovetail with institutional collecting,'' he said.

He would also contribute to the university's new Australian Institute of Art History, institute head Jaynie Anderson said. This would include ''advancement activities'' - helping to raise funds, at which he has been notably successful during his gallery tenure.

NGVaughan : all stock must go

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