Conference: ‘Meta, Matrix, Mater. Renaissance Metaphors of the Matrix’, Paris and Online, 13 June 2022

The female sex has become the core of an increasing number of early modern studies since the rise of a gender-sensitive feminist viewpoint in art history. Many have dealt with images of a hairless and polished vulva, sometimes ostensibly eroticized. Pending this approach, the 2022 CHAR Workshop, Meta, Matrix, Mater. Renaissance Metaphors of the Matrix, wishes to re-explore the imaginary of the female sex from within and focus on the metaphors of the matrix in images and material culture in the Renaissance.

Free entrance within the limit of the number of places available. Please note there will be a live stream to allow those outside Paris access to the event. Communications in French and in English.

PROGRAM

09h45 Présentation de la journée
Fiammetta Campagnoli, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Florence Larcher, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

10h00 Conférence inaugurale
Concetta Pennuto, Université François Rabelais – Tours

10h45 Discussion

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SESSION 1
THE POWER OF THE MATRIX IN (PRO)CREATION
Chair: Baptiste Tochon-Danguy, École Pratique des Hautes Études

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11h00 Womb, Print, Imprint: Early Modern Birth Figures and their Uses
Rebecca Whiteley, University of Manchester

11h30 Michelangelo’s Matrix: The Childbirth Metaphor in Italian Renaissance Art Theory
Jordan Troeller, Freie Universität Berlin

12h00 Discussion

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SESSION 2
FROM MATERIAL TO MATERIALITY, FROM MINERAL TO VEGETAL
Chair: Florence Larcher, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

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14h30 Madder, Matter and Matrix: Stained Ivory Virgins from the Fourteenth Century
Marian Bleeke, Cleveland State University

15h00 Au-delà de l’humain. La matrice et ses images végétales (XVIe-XVIIIe s.)
Sara Petrella, Université de Neuchâtel

15h30 Le monde de Cérès : allégorie de la matrice végétale et humaine aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles
Cassandre Herbert, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

16h Discussion and break

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SESSION 3
BETWEEN THE FATHER AND THE MOTHER
Chair: Fiammetta Campagnoli, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

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17h00 La matrice de Dieu le Père : la mandorle comme lieu de filiation
Clémence Légoux, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

17h30 Begotten, not Made: Authenticity inside the Body of the Virgin Mary
Melissa Katz, Independent Scholar

18h00 Discussion and conclusion

Free Registration at https://vu.fr/atelierduchar2022

Published by rachelmcarlisle

Rachel M. Carlisle is an art historian specialized in the art of northern Europe (c. 1400-1600). She holds a PhD from Florida State University (2022) and a Master of Arts degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art (2014). Her current research interests include materiality of late medieval and early modern objects, transalpine exchanges, patronage and collecting practices, the reception of antiquity during the early modern period, and development of print technologies.

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