Online Lecture: ‘”I saw wonders, I saw horrors”: Reconsidering Enguerrand Quarton’s Coronation of the Virgin’, with Emma Capron, The National Gallery, London, 9 June 2021, 5-6pm (BST)

Enguerrand Quarton’s Coronation of the Virgin—a vividly coloured, densely populated tableau of heaven, earth, and the underworld—is one of the best preserved, visually complex, and finely executed altarpieces to survive from fifteenth-century France. It is also one of the best documented: its lengthy contract reveals that it was commissioned in 1453 by Jean de Montagny, aContinue reading “Online Lecture: ‘”I saw wonders, I saw horrors”: Reconsidering Enguerrand Quarton’s Coronation of the Virgin’, with Emma Capron, The National Gallery, London, 9 June 2021, 5-6pm (BST)”

Online Lecture: ‘Perverse Images: Monstrous Beauty and Monkey Business in Italian Art from Botticelli to Bronzino’, by Professor Patricia Rubin, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, 27 May 2021, 5-6 pm (BST)

In canto 29 of Dante’s Inferno a notorious alchemist, consigned to the depths of Hell among the fraudulent, boasts of having been a successful ape of nature (“di natura buona scimia”). The boast allies imitation with counterfeiting and points to the way that representational truth to nature is inherently false. This talk takes the presence of monkeysContinue reading “Online Lecture: ‘Perverse Images: Monstrous Beauty and Monkey Business in Italian Art from Botticelli to Bronzino’, by Professor Patricia Rubin, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence, 27 May 2021, 5-6 pm (BST)”

Online Lecture: The Drawing Compass as a Tool of Creation in Premodern Europe, The Warburg Institute, 10th-11th June 2021, 5:30-7pm (BST)

 ‘Circular Thinking’ is an online lecture, short papers and panel discussion devoted to the drawing compass, an essential tool of premodern makers that came to represent divine Creation. Although now associated primarily with architecture, the compass was a transmedial instrument, integral to a range of artisanal operations, yet evidence of its use is relatively thin.Continue reading “Online Lecture: The Drawing Compass as a Tool of Creation in Premodern Europe, The Warburg Institute, 10th-11th June 2021, 5:30-7pm (BST)”

New Journal Issue: Religion and the Arts, Volume 25-1-2 (2021)

Launched by Boston College in late 1996, Religion and the Arts has rapidly developed into a major international journal in this important interdisciplinary field. Religion and the Arts promotes the development of discourses for exploring the religious dimensions of the verbal, visual and performing arts. The journal has attracted international acclaim for its approach and its excellent quality andContinue reading “New Journal Issue: Religion and the Arts, Volume 25-1-2 (2021)”

Conference: (In)sights regarding Medieval Art. A tribute to Herbert L. Kessler, Aguilar de Campoo (Spain) and Online, October 21st – 23rd 2021

For the last eleven years, we have organised the international colloquium Ars Mediaevalis in Aguilar de Campoo (Palencia, Castile, Spain), the headquarters of the Fundación Santa María la Real. Each edition has proposed a cross-cutting argument that, in accordance with current methodological approaches, has allowed us to analyse and understand relevant aspects of Medieval Art.Continue reading “Conference: (In)sights regarding Medieval Art. A tribute to Herbert L. Kessler, Aguilar de Campoo (Spain) and Online, October 21st – 23rd 2021”

Online Lecture: Representing Dante’s Steps in Illuminated Manuscripts of the Divine Comedy, Lucy Donkin, Murray Seminar at Birkbeck, 30th June 4.45pm for 5pm (BST)

In the Divine Comedy, at the entrance to Purgatory, Dante encounters three steps made from stone of different colours and textures. These have attracted attention since the earliest commentaries on the poem, and are often seen as alluding to interior states, especially associated with penance. This paper understands the steps and their interpretation to reflect theContinue reading “Online Lecture: Representing Dante’s Steps in Illuminated Manuscripts of the Divine Comedy, Lucy Donkin, Murray Seminar at Birkbeck, 30th June 4.45pm for 5pm (BST)”

Online Symposium: Medieval Travel – Harlaxton Medieval Symposium 2021

Convenors: CAROLINE BARRON (c.barron@rhul.ac.uk) and MARTHA CARLIN (carlin@uwm.edu) Register on Eventbrite here. For a timetable of sessions, speakers, and papers, click here.  Registration fee: £15 (students £10) for the five full days. For registrants with a password from Eventbrite: click here for full conference information and materials. For registrants with a password (which can be found in your confirmationContinue reading “Online Symposium: Medieval Travel – Harlaxton Medieval Symposium 2021”

New Publication: The Gems of Dante’s Divine Comedy by Ann C. Pizzorusso

In honor of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante, geologist Ann C. Pizzorusso has published a new book, available in English and Italian on the gems Dante used as metaphors in the Divine Comedy. From a gemological point of view, the Divine Comedy is a veritable treasure trove: containing rubies, topazes, emeralds, sapphires,Continue reading “New Publication: The Gems of Dante’s Divine Comedy by Ann C. Pizzorusso”

New Publication: Ficino and Fantasy – Imagination in Renaissance Art and Theory from Botticelli to Michelangelo by Marieke J.E. van den Doel

Did the Florentine philosopher Marsilio Ficino (1433-99) influence the art of his time? Art historians have been fiercely debating this question for decades. This book starts with Ficino’s views on the imagination as a faculty of the soul, and shows how these ideas were part of a long philosophical tradition and inspired fresh insights. ThisContinue reading “New Publication: Ficino and Fantasy – Imagination in Renaissance Art and Theory from Botticelli to Michelangelo by Marieke J.E. van den Doel”

Call for Papers: Session at International Congress on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 9th -14th May 2022), Deadline: 10th May 2021

IAS Sponsored Sessions at ICMS 2022 Call for IAS-Organized Session Proposals (https://:www.italianartsociety.org)57th International Congress on Medieval Studies 2022Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 9-14 May 2022 https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress The IAS sponsors up to three linked sessions at the annual meeting of the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS). The Congress is an annual gathering of more than 3,000 scholarsContinue reading “Call for Papers: Session at International Congress on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 9th -14th May 2022), Deadline: 10th May 2021”