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2017 Oct 18

Ariosto and the Arabs: Contexts of the Orlando Furioso. An International Conference

(All day)

Location: 

Gould Hall

jjAmong the most complex and engaging artefacts of early modern Italian culture, Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso was first published in 1516 and twice revised before its definitive edition in 1532. It emerged from a world that was rapidly expanding on a number of fronts while simultaneously subject to a disastrous breakdown of political, social, and religious certainties. Read more about Ariosto and the Arabs: Contexts of the Orlando Furioso. An International Conference

2017 Nov 06

"Time does not heal all Wounds: The Place of George Kubler’s 'The Shape of Time' within his Oeuvre, and its Colonial Discontents”

6:00pm

Location: 

Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51, Firenze 50122

jjThe series of lectures and seminars "Rinascimenti" is jointly organized by Villa I Tatti and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institut. Read more about "Time does not heal all Wounds: The Place of George Kubler’s 'The Shape of Time' within his Oeuvre, and its Colonial Discontents”

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”

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