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2017 Jun 08

"Dislodging the Renaissance: On Henri Focillon's Life of Forms"

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

Henri Focillon's Life of Forms (1934) challenges the central role of the Renaissance within the history of art in several different ways. Firstly, he questions the normative value of the concept of classicism and foregrounds what comes chronologically before and after in order to redefine classicism’s universality, which he Read more about "Dislodging the Renaissance: On Henri Focillon's Life of Forms"

2017 Apr 13

Thursday Seminar: Boccaccio’s Giotto and Cavalcanti: Nature, Art, Knowledge

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall


Until about 50 years ago, the prevailing account of Boccaccio’s Decameron was of an unreflective celebration of the natural, especially sexual, world, which in turn was said to play an equally unreflective role in the emergence of the kind of secularly based realistic representation whose history Auerbach sketches and celebrates in Mimesis.
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2017 Mar 20

“Gombrich on the Pleasures and Perils of Circular Thinking”

6:00pm

Location: 

Istituto degli Innocenti, Sala Brunelleschi Piazza della Santissima Annunziata 50121 Firenze


The Renaissance is a historiographical fable of the nineteenth century. Twentieth-century art history was shaped by various forms of dissatisfaction with the patterns and priorities it imposed. Few scholars, however, grasped the unresolved tension within the concept of Renaissance between an affirmative unrest (rebirth, a beginning) and the promise of closure through integration (the classic, an endpoint). Read more about “Gombrich on the Pleasures and Perils of Circular Thinking”

2017 Mar 17

Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance: A Conversation with Prof. Victor Stoichita and Dr. Arturo Galansino

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

In collaboration with the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Villa I Tatti will host a discussion between Prof. Victor Stoichita and Dr. Arturo Galansino (director of Palazzo Strozzi and one of the exhibition curators) related to the exhibition Read more about Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance: A Conversation with Prof. Victor Stoichita and Dr. Arturo Galansino

2017 Apr 20

Thursday Seminar: What if Orfeo was an Automaton?

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

In 1616, Monteverdi told Alessandro Striggio that he couldn’t imitate winds because they are not human. “Ariadne moved us because she was a woman and similarly Orpheus because he was a man.” But what if Orpheus was not a man driven by his own internal passions and creative instincts but instead was an automaton—an inanimate machine with spontaneous motion and sound creation. Read more about Thursday Seminar: What if Orfeo was an Automaton?

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