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2018 Jun 14

Embattled and Conquered? The History of the Nighttime in the Early Modern World

(All day)

Location: 

Gould Hall, Villa I Tatti

jjBetween the 16th and the 19th century, a new awareness and new uses of the nighttime slowly but unmistakably spread through different parts of the world, whereby new regimes of temporality redefined the spheres of work and leisure, of activity and repose. Social life, as well as labor and entertainment, spilled over into the night hours, inviting the use of psychotropic substances such as coffee and tea and a sense of the manipulability of the architecture of night and day.... Read more about Embattled and Conquered? The History of the Nighttime in the Early Modern World

2018 May 31

Thursday Seminar “Point, Ground, Figure, Field”

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall, Villa I Tatti

jjWe owe the Italian Renaissance picture more than the ideal human figure.  Experiments in figuration, whether they involve contour or sfumato, cannot exist without ground, here understood in three senses of the word: first, the preparation of a given support (such as a gesso ground on panel); second, the plane on which figures stand; and third, the field in and against which figuration occurs.... Read more about Thursday Seminar “Point, Ground, Figure, Field”

2018 May 03

Thursday Seminar “Economic Institutions and Networks between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The Genoese Trading Diaspora (ca. 1450-1530)”

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall, Villa I Tatti

jjThe transatlantic slave trade and the plantation complex are well-studied subjects, but scholars have rightly pointed out that we do not clearly understand the earliest phases, at the beginning of the sixteenth century. ... Read more about Thursday Seminar “Economic Institutions and Networks between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The Genoese Trading Diaspora (ca. 1450-1530)”

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