Thursday Seminar

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)”

2018 Jan 18

Thursday Seminar “Bramante and the untidy unfolding of the ‘High Renaissance’”

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

 

jjBramante is widely credited for having pioneered a new and assertively antique architectural style in Rome at almost the very start of the sixteenth century, as is supposedly demonstrated by his Tempietto which is almost universally agreed to date from around 1502.... Read more about Thursday Seminar “Bramante and the untidy unfolding of the ‘High Renaissance’”

2017 Nov 30

Thursday Seminar “Exuberant lines: On so-called ‘calligraphic’ drawings in 17th-century Italy”

6:00pm

Location: 

Gould Hall

jjIn this talk, Nicola Suthor will discuss the long-standing literary tradition of a controversial artistic performance first demonstrated in ancient Greece and consisting of drawing a form or figure by means of a single continuous line.... Read more about Thursday Seminar “Exuberant lines: On so-called ‘calligraphic’ drawings in 17th-century Italy”

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 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?

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