Thursday Seminar "Margin and center in early Renaissance painting"


Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Gould Hall, I Tatti

As if revisiting the religion’s primordial decision in favor of an exoteric, rather than esoteric, identity, the Italian painters of the fourteenth century populated Christian subjects and scenes with semi-outsiders: watchers and doubters, anachronistic visitants, sponsors and supplicants clerical and lay. Pressure on narrative from the outside altered the topology of the artwork.

Christopher Wood is Professor and Chair at the German Department, New York University. He has been a fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University; the American Academy in Rome; the American Academy in Berlin; the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; and the Internationales Forschungszentrum für Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Wood is the author of Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape (University of Chicago Press, 1993); Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art (University of Chicago Press, 2008); and Anachronic Renaissance (with Alexander Nagel) (Zone Books, 2010); and editor of The Vienna School Reader: Politics and Art Historical Method in the 1930s (Zone Books, 2000).