Dr Robert Wellington delivering the 2017 Last Lecture. Photo by Michelle Haywood.

Dr Robert Wellington delivering the 2017 Last Lecture. Photo by Michelle Haywood.

On the love of beautiful things

Dr Robert Wellington, Lecturer in Art History and Art Theory, was chosen to deliver the 2017 Last Lecture.

The event is not a University award decided by a committee – students decide whom they would like to hear speaking at a 'red velvet' event in October, as a symbolic end to the academic year.

Here is an edited extract of Dr Wellington’s lecture.

Art historians often face a paradox of beauty: To call something beautiful is not a critical assertion, so it’s deemed of little value to an argument that attempts to understand the morals, politics and ideals of human cultures past and present.