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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?

2017 Mar 16

Thursday Seminar: Civic Religion?

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

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?

2017 May 04
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. Read more about Thursday Seminar: "Translating Sex: The Long History of the 'One-Sex' Body"

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

2017 Jan 19

Thursday Seminar: The Orientalist, the captive and the Jesuit: reading the Qur’an in seventeenth-century Florence.

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

This seminar is an exercise in micro-philology and global history. Through the analysis of a very short manuscript, Pier Mattia Tommasino aims to disentangle the complex and intertwined relations between European Orientalists, Italian academics related to the Accademia della Crusca and the Accademia del Cimento, and Read more about Thursday Seminar: The Orientalist, the captive and the Jesuit: reading the Qur’an in seventeenth-century Florence.

Final Call for Internship Applications: Deadline March 10

Final Call for Internship Applications: Deadline March 10

March 4, 2017

I Tatti is currently accepting applications for summer internships, available to full-time students at Harvard University. Deadline: March 10, 2017. To apply, and for more information regarding proposed topics, please click here.  



A summer internship at Villa I Tatti offers undergraduates interested in the humanities an unparalleled opportunity to experience professional academic research while enjoying a thrilling summer of cultural immersion in Florence. During my summer at I Tatti, I encountered my very first Read more about Final Call for Internship Applications: Deadline March 10

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? 

Read more about 2017 Bernard Berenson Lectures on the Italian Renaissance: Lecture 2

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.  Read more about 2017 Bernard Berenson Lectures on the Italian Renaissance: Lecture 1

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