To mark the 50th anniversary of the Abbey’s restoration (1967-2017), the conference will address the phenomenon of legal exportation and reinstallation of monumental
complexes and oversized artworks in the first half of the 20th century. The Abbey’s portal, which arrived in the United States in 1936 and stands today at the entrance of the medieval collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will serve as the starting point to examine the circumstances around the exportation of works from Italy until the Second World War.
The conference will focus on the discussion about the Islamic heritage in Italy and Spain and its later reception in the post-Islamic context. Sharing an Islamic past, both countries display this heritage in different ways through art and architecture. As cultural contact zones, Italy and Spain had a rich Islamic tradition, which has been adopted in the medieval Norman and Mudéjar artistic production.
These exchange processes are currently subject to ongoing international discussions. Furthermore, the observed medieval transfer mechanisms may be applied to the modern reception of the Italian and Spanish Islamic heritage. Which differences may be detected between the medieval edifices of Palermo or Seville and the neo-Islamic interiors in Sammezzano or Aranjuez? Has the reception behaviour of the 19th and 20th centuries changed compared to that of the Middle Age? How have the Islamic standards been assumed in the modern architectural vocabulary? Who were the possible promotors of this pro-Islamic art trend? What part did the medieval clients and their architects play? How relevant are the travellers, private collectors, arabists or art historians of the 19th century for the valorisation of the Islamic heritage? What was the role of Islamic heritage for the construction of identity and ideologies in both countries?
The current contributions shall be presented in four sections with the following thematic focus:
– Islamic heritage in Italy and Spain
– Cross-cultural exchange in the Middle Age
– Re-appropriating the Islamic past in 19th and 20th centuries art and architecture
– Ideologies and identity building
Papers will have a duration of 20 min. Conference languages will be English, Italian and Spanish. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, together with a short CV, should be sent until 30 April 2018 to: email@example.com
Organizers: Prof. Dr. Guido Zucconi (IUAV) / Prof. Dr. Francine Giese (UZH) / Prof. Dr. Juan Calatrava (UGR) / Dr. Ariane Varela Braga (UZH)
Keynotes: Antonio Almagro Gorbea (Escuela de Estudios Árabes CSIC) / Ezio Godoli (UniFl)
Università Iuav di Venezia, 1-2 February 2019
Deadline: Apr 30, 2018
A new book on the theme of Angevin Art in Southern Italy has just been published.
In San Michele in Monte Laureto a Putignano. La grotta dell’Angelo e la cultura pittorica angioina nel meridione barese, Marcello Mignozzi reconstructs the history of the rupestrian church of Saint Michael in Monte Laureto in Putignano (Apulia), Italy, investigating its historiographical, historical, and artistic aspects. The cross analysis of archival and artistic data allows the author to understand the value of an almost forgotten Medieval Sanctuary. The magnificent fourteenth-century fresco with the Crucifixion, made by two artists from Apulia influenced by Neapolitan art, is finally included in the pictorial context of the Angevin region. In this regard a lot of space is dedicated not only to examine the theme of the Crucifixion in the painting of the entire region, but also to frescoes, many of them unpublished, in Polignano, Mola di Bari, Monopoli, Noci, Conversano, Rutigliano, Capurso, Triggiano. Part of the work is then dedicated to the events of the rock church in the Modern Age, to the sculptures of Stefano da Putignano, and to the Contemporary Age. Finally, the study of road networks during the Middle Ages allows the reconstruction of the complex system of pilgrimages, but also of political and artistic relations between Putignano and the Angevin Principality of Taranto.
For more information on this publication, see https://www.ibs.it/san-michele-in-monte-laureto-libro-marcello-mignozzi/e/9788899224301.
Application deadline: Feb 28, 2018
The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut – Department Alessandro Nova – is pleased to announce a call for applications for the position of Academic Assistant (Postdoc)
Starting in September 2018, the position is offered for three years. We are looking for an excellent candidate who has successfully completed his or her PhD (or will have by the inception of the contract), with passive German language skills and a current research project that corresponds thematically and methodologically to the research projects of the department (http://www.khi.fi.it/Abteilung_Nova).
Deadline: Jan 15, 2018
A dicembre 2018 RELIEF (www.revue-relief.org) e INCONTRI (www.rivista-incontri.nl), due riviste internazionali e peer reviewed che si occupano rispettivamente di cultura francese e italiana, pubblicheranno giuntamente due numeri collegati dallo stesso tema: gli scambi culturali tra l’Italia e la Francia dal Medioevo fino ad oggi. La religione, la politica, le scienze e le arti hanno gettato le basi per una relazione proficua e molto stretta tra i due paesi. Ci sono stati dei periodi di intensificazione di tali rapporti transnazionali tra le due lingue e culture: si pensi all’influenza della lirica dei trovatori provenzali alla corte siciliana nel Duecento, o al traffico intenso messo in moto dai regnanti amanti dell’arte nelle città-stato italiane durante il Rinascimento invitando artisti e musicisti francesi alle loro corti. Altri esempi di questi incontri culturali sono il ‘grand tour’ che portò gli aristocrati francesi a visitare il Bel Paese nel Settecento, il cosmopolitismo dell’Ottocento, le avanguardie, tra cui quelle italiane, concentratesi nella Parigi dell’inizio del Novecento. Non si dimentichino poi le ondate di migrazioni politiche, economiche e culturali e la crescente globalizzazione dei rapporti culturali a partire dal 1950.
Call for Papers: 5th Annual Jane Fortune Conference: The Colors of Paradise. Painting Miniatures in Italian Convents, ca. 1300-1700, The Library of San Marco, Florence, October 11 – 12, 2018T
Deadline: 15 January, 2018
5th Annual Jane Fortune Conference
The Colors of Paradise. Painting Miniatures in Italian Convents, ca. 1300-1700
This conference is co-organized by The Medici Archive Project and the Museo Nazionale di San Marco.
Since the late Medieval period, members of female religious communities have engaged in the making of small-scale paintings, or miniatures, on a wide variety of supports. Many of these miniatures were produced to ornament liturgical and devotional books; others graced objects such as candles and altar frontals. While nuns’ activity in this realm has been documented quite extensively in northern Europe, the Italian production of miniatures is less understood, aside from case studies of a few individuals such as Eufrasia Burlamacchi (1482 –1548). It is hoped that this conference will not only consolidate what is known about the production of miniatures by Italian nuns, but also catalyze new research. To encourage reflection upon the continuity of technical practices and models across arbitrary period divisions, the time frame of this conference has been extended broadly. Insight obtained through technical examination or the material analysis of nuns’ artworks will be especially welcome.
Papers may be given in Italian or English.
Suggested Paper Topics:
-Technical studies identifying pigments, binding media, or supports for miniatures produced in or for Italian convents
-New attributions of miniatures to Italian nun artists
-Biographical studies on Italian nuns who made miniatures
-Analyses of the visual or textual sources of the iconography of Italian nuns’ miniatures
-Miniature painting considered within the context of liturgy, devotional practices, and the organization of the conventual life of Italian nuns.
-The commissioning, gifting, and circulation of works containing Italian nuns’ miniatures
-Comparitive studies of miniatures and Italian nuns’ work in other media such as embroidery
-Considerations of the technical know-how and workshop materials available to Italian nuns, as well as their collaborations with artisans outside the convent
-Reflections on problematic issues in the current historiography on the topic, and on methodology
The conference will take place on both the afternoon of Thursday, October 11, and the morning of Friday, October 12, 2018, and it will be held in the Biblioteca di San Marco in Florence.
To apply: please send a CV and a brief abstract of your paper, in English or Italian, to: firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2018. Decisions will be announced within three weeks. Limited funding may be available for travel and lodging.