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?
A model of ‘Civic religion’, understood as municipal attempts to develop legitimacy through sacred language and devotional activities, is now widely used by historians of late medieval and renaissance Europe. In this seminar Andrews will propose that the model requires some fine-tuning, to acknowledge the Read more about Thursday Seminar: Civic Religion?
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. Read more about Thursday Seminar: "Translating Sex: The Long History of the 'One-Sex' Body"
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A recital for the I Tatti community was held on the evening of November 21. "Affetti Musicali" was performed by I Tatti graduate Fellow Daniel Walden on harpsichord, and Dorian Komanoff Bandy on violin. The program featured sonatas by Italian Early Baroque composers including Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, and Nicola Matteis.
According to the early modern discourse on art, Annibale Carracci was the inventor of caricature, intended as ritrattino caricato, a portrait that accentuates the disproportional features of an individual likeness. The reasons for this late birth of caricature, questioned since the seminal studies of Kris and Read more about Seminar: "Caricature before Carracci"