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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).

2017 Apr 20

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.

2017 Feb 23

Thursday Seminar: "Translating Sex: The Long History of the 'One-Sex' Body"

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

The contention that before the late eighteenth century learned opinion held that there was only one sex, famously proposed by Thomas Laqueur in Making Sex (1990), has achieved near-canonical status in the eyes of many historians and literary scholars.  In this seminar, Park will argue that this “one-sex” body was never hegemonic in Latin Europe and will propose an alternative narrative to describe evolving ideas of sex difference among European natural philosophers and medical men.

James S. Ackerman, original member of Villa I Tatti's selection committee, dies on December 31, 2016

James S. Ackerman, original member of Villa I Tatti's selection committee, dies on December 31, 2016

January 4, 2017

Prominent architectural and art historian James Ackerman died on December 31, 2016. Born in San Francisco in 1919, Professor Ackerman was Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Fine Arts at Harvard until his retirement in 1990 and became a member of I Tatti’s Selection Committee during the early 1960s, remaining on the committee for nearly thirty years. 

2017 Feb 16

2017 Bernard Berenson Lectures on the Italian Renaissance: Lecture 2

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall
Body Politics in the Italian and Spanish Renaissance
Victor I. Stoichita, University of Fribourg 

This lecture series deals with the belief in the power of the gaze in Renaissance art and culture and with the impact of this belief on artistic representation. 

Lecture 2: Faces and Shields

The second lecture focuses on Renaissance portraits as settings of optical conflicts. If the portrait exhibits the person, how can it be protected? 

2017 Jan 26

2017 Bernard Berenson Lectures on the Italian Renaissance: Lecture 1

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall
Body Politics in the Italian and Spanish Renaissance
Victor I. Stoichita, University of Fribourg 

This lecture series deals with the belief in the power of the gaze in Renaissance art and culture and with the impact of this belief on artistic representation. 

Lecture 1: Giotto: the Eye and the Gaze.

The first lecture – a prologue – explores the power of the gaze motif and its roots in the Arena Chapel in Padua. 

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