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CFP: Travelling Objects, Travelling People: Art and Artists of Late Medieval and Renaissance Iberia and Beyond, c. 1400–1550, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 28–29 May 2020


Deadline – Friday 10 January 2020

Anonymous Portuguese cartographer, Cantino Planisphere (detail), ca. 1502. Map on parchment, 220 x 105 cm. Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Modena, Italy. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Travelling Objects, Travelling People aims to nuance our understanding of the exchanges and influences that shaped the artistic landscape of Medieval and Renaissance Iberia. Traditional narratives hold that late fifteenth-century Iberian art and architecture were transformed by the arrival of artists, objects and ideas from France and the Low Countries, while 1492 marked a chronological rupture and the beginning of global encounters. Challenging these perceptions, this conference will reconsider the dynamics of artistic influence in late medieval Iberia, and place European exchanges in a global context, from Madeira to Santo Domingo. Bringing together international scholars working on Spain, Portugal and a range of related geographies, it seeks to address the impact of ‘itinerant’ artworks, artists and ideas, and issues of migration and non-linear transfers of materials, techniques and iconographies.

The theme of ‘travellers’—artists who reached or departed the region, at times more than once in their lives, but also objects and concepts imported and exported—will expand and inflect traditional narratives of late medieval and Renaissance art, underscoring the complexity of global interactions and exchanges which connected the Iberian peninsula to Europe and beyond. Bringing together international scholars working on Iberia and a range of related geographies, the conference seeks to address the impact of ‘itinerant’ artworks, artists and ideas, and to expand the field of analysis beyond Europe to encompass relationships with newly acquired dominions, from Madeira to Santo Domingo.

Topics for papers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Iberian artists employed abroad, from the master mason Guillelm Sagrera in Naples, to the sculptor Juan de la Huerta at the Chartreuse de Champmol
  • The close imitation of northern artists in such works as the Portuguese copies of Quentin Metsys’s The Angel Appearing to Saints Clara, Colette and Agnes (early 16th century, Museu de Setúbal / Convento de Jesus, Portugal)
  • ‘Iberian’ objects produced elsewhere, for example Christian ivory carvings made in Goa or Kongo, Afro-Portuguese spoons, and Mexican ‘feather-work’ adopting the vocabulary of northern European late Gothic painting
  • Works made for a non-Iberian audience but purchased and displayed by local patrons.

By encouraging conversations across such seemingly disparate topics and geographies, the conference aims to position the Iberian artistic landscape within the networks of artistic exchange that spanned the medieval and Renaissance worlds, challenging the significance of 1492 as a moment of rupture between the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods.

Proposals are welcome from postgraduate, early-career and established researchers working in all relevant disciplines. Please send a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words together with a short CV and 100-word biography to Costanza.Beltrami@courtauld.ac.uk and Sylvia.Alvares-Correa@history.ox.ac.uk by Friday 10 January 2020.

Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Successful candidates will be notified by 17 February. In the first instance, applicants are encouraged to apply to their home institution for travel and accommodation funding. The organisers hope to provide financial support for travel and accommodation to speakers who require it. This conference is made possible by the kind generosity of Sam Fogg.

Please click here for more information.

Conference: The Art of the Network: Visualising Social Relationships, ca. 1400- 1600 (The Annual Renaissance Postgraduate Student Symposium), The Courtauld Institute of Art, 28 April 2017

ghirlandaio20-20calling20of20the20apostles20detail-201481-20fresco-20sistine20chapel20vatican-31-600x600Conference: The Art of the Network: Visualising Social Relationships, ca. 1400 – 1600, (The Annual Renaissance Postgraduate Student Symposium) Courtauld Institute of Art, London, April 28, 2017

In recent years, the analysis of social networks has generated a
fruitful field of scholarly enquiry. Research addressing the dynamics
that govern personal relationships within and without communities of
various kinds has permeated through historical, anthropological, and
sociological studies. These investigations have traced the ways in
which societies structured according to gender, family bonds, and
neighbourhood ties as well as political, professional, and religious
associations regulated social interaction. However, the role of art and
architecture in cultivating these interpersonal relationships has not
been explored comprehensively. Even art historical approaches have
frequently given preference to textual rather than visual evidence in
elucidating these social networks.

This conference seeks to shed light on the ways in which social
networks have been represented visually. Such an approach has great
potential to deepen the discussion surrounding the commission,
production, and reception of art and architecture between 1400 and 1600.

This conference is generously sponsored by the Sackler Research Forum,
Courtauld Institute of Art, the CHASE AHRC Doctoral Training
Partnership Cohort Development Fund, and the Society for Renaissance

‘The Art of the Network’ is free and open to the public. Advanced
registration is strongly encouraged:


9.00 – 9.30

9.30 – 9.45
Welcome: Alexander J. Noelle (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

9.45 – 11.10
Session 1: Materialising Allegiance
Chaired by Suzanne Duff (Brown University)

Ann Adams (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
Perpetual Membership: The Fifteenth-Century Tombs of the Knights of the
Order of the Golden Fleece

Sara Frier (Yale University)
So sah ich als Soldat aus (‘This is how I looked as a soldier’): The
Mercenary-Artists of Renaissance Switzerland

Anna Merlini (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
A Journey through the Labyrinth of Symbols: Retracing a Social Network
across Achille Bocchi’s Symbolicae Quaestiones (1555)


11.10 – 11.35
Tea / Coffee Break

11.35 – 13.00
Session 2: Civic Art
Chaired by Imogen Tedbury (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Maria Harvey (The University of Cambridge)
‘ + E?????? ????? ? ???????? ?[??] … ?[????] K??[??????]’: Art and
Community in Fifteenth-Century Salento

Saida Bondini (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
A History of Families: Networks of Private Patronage in Late
Fifteenth-Century Bologna

Maria Matarazzo (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
The Plinian Monuments in Como: Classical Antiquity as Municipal Identity


13.00 – 14.00
Lunch Break

14.00 – 15.25
Session 3: Artist(ic) Identity
Chaired by Lydia Goodson (The Warburg Institute)

Elizabeth Bernick (John Hopkins University)
Mapping Cesare da Sesto: A Placeless Style

Wouter Wagemakers (University of Amsterdam)
Visualising Patterns of Patronage in Sixteenth-Century Verona: Michele
Sanmicheli and the Roman Connection

Luca Baroni (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
Urbino to Europe: Federico Barocci’s Artistic and Diplomatic Network as
Visualised in His Paintings


15.25 – 15.50
Tea / Coffee Break

15.50 – 17.15
Session 4: Visualising Dynasties
Chaired by Bart van Eekelen (Utrecht University)

Anastazja Grudnicka (University College London)
The (Un)Making of the Habsburg Dynasty: Visual Representations of
Matthias Habsburg in the Dutch Provinces (1577-1581)

Rebekah Helen Lee (University of York)
By the Book: Dynastic and Corporal Network Building in the Arenberg
Family Portrait Album circa 1600

Marina Porri (Universities of Florence, Siena, and Pisa)
Marriage Portraits as Political Networking: The Medici Court at the End
of the Sixteenth Century


17.15 – 17.30
Comfort Break

17.30 – 17.45
Closing Remarks: Alexander Röstel (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

17:45 – 18:45
Keynote Address
Prof. John Padgett (University of Chicago)
Networks in Renaissance Florence

18.45 – 20:00

Conference: After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443-1517, St Anne’s College, Oxford, 28th June 2017 – 30th June 2017

238d-5c94-4eb4-bd92-3202Conference: After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443-1517, St Anne’s College, Oxford, 28th June 2017 – 30th June 2017
Fees: Standard Registration Fee – £160.00; graduate Registration Fee – £120.00; dinner – £60.00
Register by June 21

After Chichele adopts an investigative and interdisciplinary approach. The period has been chosen precisely because the inner workings of English intellectual and religious life during these years have proved challengingly resistant to the formation of grand critical narratives. What are the chief currents driving the intellectual and cultural life of the church in England during this period? What happened to intellectual questioning during the period, and where did the church’s cultural life express itself most vividly? What significant parochial, regional, national and international influences were brought to bear on English literate practices? In order to address these questions, the conference will adopt an interdisciplinary focus, inviting contributions from historians, literary scholars, and scholars working on the theology, ecclesiastical history, music and art of the period.


Musea Brugge Research School November 19-21, 2016 & February 25–27, 2017

Madonna 1475The Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is organising the second edition of its museum research school in 2016-2017. The innovative formula of this Musea Brugge Research School allows motivated art history students to study 15th and 16th century art works from the Bruges museum collections in depth, as part of a select group of other students, docents, and curators from various national and international universities and institutions.  The research school targets art history students at the BA or MA level who have a strong interest in Netherlandish art and who intend to embark on a career in the field. The research school provides participants with the opportunity to delve into selected works of art from the collections for three consecutive days and introduces various research methodologies that help in understanding and interpreting art and its context. The research school presents workshops and lectures on historiography, methodology, technical art history, and archival research, as well as possibilities for extensive study and ample discussions in the museum during closing hours.

The research school will take place in Bruges on November 19 – 21, 2016 and February 25 – 27, 2017 and consists of two three-days sessions. The first will offer the participants an occasion to study the objects of the collections in depth and to discuss various relevant aspects of 15th and 16th century Flemish art. During the second session in February contributions of the participants, based on the results of the first session, will be presented and discussed among the docents and participants.  Participation to the Musea Brugge Research School is free but students must take care of their travel and lodging expenses.

Three lunches and two dinners are included. There are 15 places available. Studentsfrom all universities are eligible to apply. Students must be able to follow and hold a discussion in English.

For more information and to stay posted, follow us on Facebook. Interested students should send a motivation letter in English and a CV to museabruggeresearchschool@brugge.be by 10 June 2016. They will be notified of a place in the research school by 30 June 2016.

The Musea Brugge Research School is an initiative of the Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands, the Groeningemuseum and Hospitaalmuseum. These institutions are supported by the Flemish government.

The mission of the Flemish research centre is to initiate, facilitate, stimulate and disseminate research related to 15th and 16th century Flemish art.

Call for Applications: 12 posts in the research group “Spanish Italy and the Iberian Americas”

deorbonovo_28129Call for Applications: 12 junior scholars to join the research group Spanish Italy and the Iberian Americas, from  June 2016 to October 2017.
Deadline: March 31, 2016

A Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories Project
co-directed by Michael Cole and Alessandra Russo,
Columbia University

The co-directors of the Connecting Art History project “Spanish Italy
and the Iberian Americas” seek twelve junior scholars to join the
research group during the period June 2016 to October 2017. Project
participants will collaborate to discern the common dynamics and study
the artistic ties that developed between these two regions in the early
modern period, especially during the sixteenth-century. Moving beyond
the concerns of national heritage and microhistory, the project depends
on scholars interested in changing their conceptions about their “home”
fields of “Renaissance” Italian or “Colonial” Latin American art. The
project will unfold in multiple stages, centered on travel and
conversation. Throughout the project, the junior scholars and a group
of senior faculty will collaborate and communicate regularly, sharing
bibliographies and contributing monthly to a research blog. As a group,
participants will travel to Italy in January 2017 to visit and discuss
works in historically Spanish regions of Italy. Each member will be
responsible for introducing a series of works, engaging information
across multiple fields. Six months after the visits in Italy, in a
second phase of the project, participants will convene in New York City
for a workshop. Each scholar will present a paper responding to the
conversation and insights elicited during the trip, and considering how
those ideas might provide prospects for the study of arts in Iberian
Americas. While in New York, the group will also visit archives and
museums in the city. The project will cover travel expenses to Italy
and New York.

Eligibility: Recent PhDs to junior faculty members working on early modern Italian
or Latin American art are eligible to apply though preference will be
given to those who did degrees or are working in Italian and Latin
American universities. Candidates should submit a statement (maximum
three pages) explaining their interest in participating; a description
(maximum two pages) of a current project; a CV; two letters of
recommendation; and a writing sample.

How to apply: Application materials should be sent as a single PDF, clearly labeled,
to : connectingarthistories@columbia.edu  by March 31st, 2016.

Conference: The Illustrated Broadsheet in the 16th Century. Protestant profiling from examples of the Gothaer Sammlung.

an01216860_001_lConference: Das illustrierte Flugblatt im 16. Jahrhundert. Protestantische
Profilbildung am Beispiel der Gothaer Sammlung, Orangenhaus in der Orangerie Gotha, Friedrichstraße 6-8, 99867 Gotha, April 4 – 6, 2016
Registration deadline: March 29, 2016

Monday, 4/4/2016

14:00 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Martin Eberle (Gotha): Begrüßung

14:10 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Christopher Spehr (Jena): Einführung in das Thema

14:20 Uhr
Bernd Schäfer (Gotha): Die Bestände der illustrierten Flugblattsammlung
in Gotha

I. Kontexte
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Martin Eberle (Gotha)

14:30 Uhr
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Daniel Bellingradt (Erlangen): Das illustrierte
Flugblatt im Kontext der Flugpublizistik des 16. Jahrhunderts

15:00 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Andrew Pettegree/Drew Thomas (St. Andrews): The Gotha
collection in the context of German production of single-sheet

15:30 Uhr Diskussion


16:15 Uhr
Dr. Kerstin te Heesen (Luxemburg): “Die Bücher der Laien” –
Überlegungen zum Flugblatt als Sammlungsobjekt

16:45 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Konrad Amann (Jena): Auf Spurensuche. Flugblätter,
Flugschriften und Graphiken in der Electoralis?

17:15 Uhr


18:15 Uhr
Öffentlicher Abendvortrag

Grußwort: Dr. Babette Winter, Staatssekretärin für Kultur und Europa
des Freistaats Thüringen
Grußwort: Prof. Dr. Walter Bauer-Wabnegg, Präsident der Universität
Grußwort: Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal, Präsident der
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Prof. Dr. Siegrid Westphal (Osnabrück): Die Ernestiner als Sachwalter
des „wahren“ Luthertums

20.00 Uhr

Tuesday, 5/4/2016
II. Thematisierung
Moderation: Dr. Kathrin Paasch (Gotha/Erfurt)

9:00 Uhr
Prof. em. Dr. Christoph Burger (Amsterdam): Gottlose Christen, Juden
und Jüngster Tag auf zwei illustrierten Flugblättern des 16.

9:30 Uhr
PD Dr. Susanne Wegmann (Halle-Wittenberg/Freiburg): ‘so gilt die Kunst
nit vil’. Die Klage der Künste auf den Flugblättern des 16. Jahrhunderts

10:00 Uhr    Diskussion


10:45 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Christiane Andersson (Lewisburg, PA): Polemische
Einblattdrucke der Reformationszeit in Gotha und ihre Zensur

11:15 Uhr
Dr. Hans-Jörg Künast (Augsburg): Flugblätter ohne Impressum.
Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Druckerbestimmung von Einblattdrucken

11:45 Uhr


13:30 Uhr
Bernd Schäfer (Gotha)/Ulrike Eydinger (Jena/Gotha): Führung durch die
Ausstellung Satiren, Nachrichten und Wunderzeichen. Fliegende Blätter
aus dem Jahrhundert der Reformation im Herzoglichen Museum

Moderation: Dr. Roland Lehmann (Jena)

15:00 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Matthias Müller (Mainz): Der Fürst als Sammelbild. Zur
Konzeption und Funktion druckgraphischer Fürstenbildnisse im Zeitalter
der Mediendiversität

15:30 Uhr
Dr. Martin Wernisch (Prag): Jan Hus. Der Reformator in deutsch- und
tschechischsprachigen Einblattdrucken

16:00 Uhr


16:45 Uhr
Matthias Rekow (Erfurt): Bekenntnis statt Glaubensstreit? Zur
Konfessionspolemik in den Einblattdrucken der Gothaer Sammlung

17:15 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Erik de Boer (Kampen, NL): Aktion und Reaktion im Medium des
Flugblattes. Ein unbekannter Druck von Jean Calvin?

17:45 Uhr

19:00 Uhr

Wednesday 6/4/2016

III. Profilierung
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Christopher Spehr (Jena)

9:00 Uhr
Prof. Dr. Dr. Johannes Schilling (Kiel): Das spezifisch Protestantische
der Gothaer Sammlung

9:30 Uhr
Prof. em. Dr. Michael Schilling (Magdeburg): Zwischen Einblattdruck und
Buch. Serielle Flugblätter in der Frühen Neuzeit

10:00 Uhr


10:45 Uhr
Armin Kunz (New York): Verkäufe der Gothaer Sammlung in den

11:15 Uhr
Jeroen Luyckx (Leuven/Amsterdam): From Gotha to Amsterdam. The Dutch
and Flemish hand-coloured woodcuts formerly in the Schloss Friedenstein

11:45 Uhr
Ulrike Eydinger (Jena/Gotha): Die Gothaer Flugblätter als Quelle
sozialistischer Geschichtsdarstellung im Bauernkriegsdenkmal von Werner

12:15 Uhr

12:40 Uhr

13:00 Uhr
Ende der Tagung

Organised by:
Projektgruppe Reformationsgeschichte
Prof. Dr. Martin Eberle, Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha
Dr. Kathrin Paasch, Universitäts- und Forschungsbibliothek Erfurt/Gotha
Prof. Dr. Christopher Spehr, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jen