Paul Holberton is currrently engaged in writing a history of Arcadia (or of the pastoral in general) and laid out his main intentions for the book in a lecture delivered at the Warburg Institute, London, on 9 October 2013. Fifteen digital copies of the first volume of the book have been printed; the second volume - and a revised version of the first volume - will follow. A copy of the first edition of the first volume is in the Warburg Institute Library, under NCH1250. The first two volumes are concerned with the Renaissance and the Baroque. There is to be a third volume, continuing from the 18th to the 20th century. According to the author, 'Arcadia' is not a constant, let alone a universal, and has evolved as notion - as the author seeks to show. An important part of the enterprise is to study both literature (including drama and song) and the visual arts, and in all the relevant European languages (Greek, Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Dutch, German). 

Recent lectures and papers

'Allegory and Instantaneity in Venetian Art (Reflections on Cariani's Fête champIetre in Warsaw)', paper, colloquy for 'In the Age of Giorgione', 10 May 2016, at the Courtauld Institute, London

'Botticelli's Mythologies: Classicism and Invention', paper, international Botticelli conference, 13 May 2016, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; published in Botticelli Past and Present, ed. by Ana Debenedetti and Caroline Elam, Victoria and Albert Museum and University College London, 2018

'Sfiorando l'età dell'oro. I confini dell'Arcadia nel Rinascimento', paper, "'Età dell'Oro", Convegno internazionale, 16 December 2016, at the Università degli Studi di Verona; published in L'étà d'oro: Mito, filosofia, immaginario, ed. Carlo Chiurco, Venice: Marsilio, 2018


'"Honesta voluptas"': the Renaissance justification for enjoyment of the natural world', in Green Worlds of Renaissance Italy: Art and the Verdant Earth, ed. Karen Goodchild, April Ottinger, Leopoldine Prosperetti, forthcoming with Amsterdam University Press

on Giorgione

In his PhD, for which he studied at the Warburg Institute, London, Paul Holberton studied the iconography of Giorgione, which took him into the study especially of pastoral literature. He has published the following articles on Giorgione:

Review of E.M. Dal Pozzolo, Giorgione, The Burlington Magazine, October 2011

Review of exhibition 'Giorgione', quincentenary of his death, Castelfranco Veneto, The Burlington Magazine, April 2010

'Giorgione's sfumato', in Giorgione Entmythisiert, papers arising from conference held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, on the occasion of the Giorgione exhibition, 2005, 2008

Review of Giorgione exhibitions in Venice and Vienna, Apollo, May 2004

'To Loosen the Tongue of Mute Poetry: Giorgione's Self-Portrait as "David" as a Paragone Demonstration', in Poetry on Art. Renaissance to Romanticism, ed. Thomas Frangenberg, Donington (Shaun Tyas/Paul Watkins), 2003

'La critica e fortuna di Giorgione: il conflitto delle fonti', in La Pittura nel Veneto: Il Cinquecento, M. Lucco (ed.), vol. 3, Milan 1999

'Giorgione's Tempest or "little landscape with the storm with the gypsy": more on the gypsy, and a reassessment', Art History, vol. 18, no. 3, September 1995

'Varieties of giorgionismo', in New Interpretations of Venetian Renaissance Painting, F. Ames-Lewis (ed.), London 1994

'The Pastorale or Fete champetre in the Early Sixteenth Century', in Titian 500 (Studies in the History of Art 45), Washington, D.C., 1993

'Clutching False Gods': Review of Salvatore Settis, Giorgione's Tempest: Interpreting the Hidden Subject, Art History, vol. 14, no. 1, 1991

Poetry and Painting in the Time of Giorgione, PhD diss., Warburg Institute, University of London, 1989

Review of Christian Hornig, Giorgiones Spätwerk, Munich 1987, in The Burlington Magazine, CXXX, July 1988

'La bibliotechina e la raccolta d'arte di Zuanantonio Venier', Atti dell'Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, CXLIV, 1985-6, Classe di scienze morali, lettere ed arti, pp. 172-93


on the Renaissance 


Review of exhibition Tiziano e la nascita del paesaggio moderno, Milan, Palazzo Reale, The Burlington Magazine, CLIV, May 2012

Review of Alastair Fowler, Renaissance Realism: Narrative Images in Art and Literature (Oxford 2003), The Burlington Magazine, December 2003

'The Pipes in Titian's Three Ages of Man', Apollo, CLVII, no. 492, February 2003

'Classicism', 'Renaissance', and other entries in The Oxford Companion to Western Art, ed. H. Brigstocke, Oxford 2001

'Notes on Giulio Campagnola's prints', Print Quarterly, vol. 13, no. 4, 1996

South Italy: A Traveller's Guide, London (John Murray) 1992

Palladio's Villas: Life in the Renaissance Countryside, London (John Murray) 1990

'Instead of iconology: virtuosity (mostrare l'arte) and symmetry (pendants) in Italian Renaissance Art', Word and Image, IV, 1, 1988

'The Choice of Texts for the Camerino Pictures', in Bacchanals by Titian and Rubens: Papers given at a Symposium in Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, March 1987, Stockholm 1987

'Battista Guarino's Catullus and Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne', The Burlington Magazine, CXXVIII, May 1986

'Of Antique and Other Figures: Metaphor in Early Renaissance Art', Word and Image, I, 1, 1985

'Botticelli's Hypnerotomachia in the National Gallery, London', Illinois Classical Studies, IX, 2, 1984

'Botticelli's Primavera: 'che volea s'intendesse', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, XLV, 1982