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Call for Papers: Art of The Invisible, Courtauld Institute of Art 19/10/2018, Deadline 14/05/2018

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An interdisciplinary conference at The Courtauld Institute of Art exploring art’s relationship with the invisible.

‘He even painted things that cannot be represented …’, Pliny eulogized Apelles in his Naturalis historia. ‘How can we with mortal eyes contemplate this image whose celestial splendour the host of heaven presumes not to behold?’, asks a Byzantine hymn dedicated to the celebrated Image of Edessa. Cennino Cennini, in the first chapter of his Libro dell’arte, writes that painting ‘…calls for imagination, and skill of hand, in order to discover things not seen, hiding themselves under the shadow of natural objects, and to fix them with the hand, presenting to plain sight what does not actually exist.’ In her 1949 essay Some memories of Pre-dada: Picabia and Duchamp, Gabrielle Buffet-Picabia tried to summarise the art of her era: ‘It would seem … that in every field, the principal direction of the 20th century was the attempt to capture the “nonperceptible”.’

Art has been preoccupied with the invisible before, between, and beyond these disparate yet kindred statements. One of artists’ greatest challenges is and has been representing the invisible subject, in its many guises. Artists working in media based on perception, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and installation, must devise strategies to visualise the invisible: It is a foundational paradox of art.

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Conference Mediterranean Artistic Interaction, Valletta 09/03/2018, Registration Deadline 07/03/2018

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University of Malta, Valletta campus, March 9, 2018
Registration deadline: Mar 7, 2018

The Dynamics of Mediterranean Artistic Interaction in the Late Medieval and Renaissance Periods
International Conference – Department of Art and Art History, University of Malta

Convener: Dr Charlene Vella

13:30 – 14:00
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14:00
Welcome

First session (14:15 – 16:00) — chaired by Keith Sciberras

14:15 – 14:45
Mario Buhagiar (University of Malta): The Siculo-Byzantinesque ‘Virgin of St Luke’ at Mdina Cathedral, Malta

14:45 – 15:15
Kayoko Ichikawa (Universitè de Fribourg): The thirteenth-century Coronation of the Virgin in the context of Mediterranean artistic interaction

15:15 – 15:45
Keith Buhagiar (University of Malta): The Central Mediterranean dimension of Maltese Medieval cave-churches and their artistic relevance

15:45 – 16:00 question time

16:00 – 16:30 break

Second session (16:30  18:30) — chaired by Mario Buhagiar

16:30 – 17:00
Michele Bacci (Universitè de Fribourg): Dynamics of Cultural and Artistic Exchange in Hospitaller Rhodes (1310-1522)

17:00 – 17:30
Charlene Vella (University of Malta): The Madonna del Soccorso triptych at the Mdina Cathedral Museum: attribution and new considerations

17:30 – 18:00
Peter Humfrey (University of St Andrews): Venice, Cyprus and Venus

18:00 : 18:30 question time

18:30 Reception

Registration form: https://www.um.edu.mt/arts/historyart/form

For more information, contact the convener, Dr Charlene Vella on charlene.vella@um.edu.mt

Venue: Auditorium, University of Malta Valletta Campus, St Paul Street, Valletta

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Upcoming Lectures at the British Archaeological Association 07/03/2018, 04/04/2018, 02/05/2018

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The British Archaeological Association is delighted to announce our upcoming lectures:

7 March – ‘Awake thou that sleepest: The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene in Central Europe’ by Dr Zoe Opacic
4 April – ‘Bridgwater Friary: A provincial town and the Franciscan friars in late medieval Somerset’ by Dr Hannah Wesyt
2 May – ‘ Inventing Vaults in the Twelfth Century: Salamanca, Al-Andalus and France’ by Dr Tom Nickson

All lectures take place at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House (Piccadilly) at 5.00 pm. Tea is available from 4.30 pm.

Further information about the BAA, the lectures and past events can be found on our website https://thebaa.org/

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Conference L’architecture gothique, entre réception et invention. Impact, continuité et réinterprétation (xiie – xxe siècle) Journée doctorale du Centre Chastel 10/03/2018

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Cette journée doctorale du Centre André Chastel est consacrée à une réflexion sur la réception de l’architecture gothique comme langage flexible, à même de créer de nouvelles formes artistiques.
L’ objectif de la rencontre est de faire dialoguer des jeunes chercheurs de formations et de pays divers autour de la portée et de l’influence de ce phénomène dans des contextes différents de celui d’origine, et de partager leurs réflexions méthodologiques, les problématiques et les résultats de leurs recherches.

La journée est organisée par Camilla Ceccotti et Emanuele Gallotta, doctorants en cotutelle de la Faculté des Lettres de Sorbonne Université, Paris (Centre André Chastel) et de l’Université de Rome « La Sapienza » (Dipartimento di Storia, Disegno e Restauro dell’Architettura), avec le soutien d’Antonella Fenech Kroke (chargée de recherche, CNRS) et de Thierry Laugée (maître de conférences, Faculté des Lettres de Sorbonne Université, Paris).

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Call for Papers Metropolenbilder. Inszenierungen von Metropolität in Spätmittelalter und Renaissance (1200-1600) 26-27/11/2018 Deadline 15/05/2018

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Der Aufstieg von Paris zur größten europäischen Stadt, zum Sitz der französischen Monarchie und zur führenden Universität des Abendlandes spiegelt sich in der zunehmenden Intensität der Diskurse über die Bedeutung der Seine-Stadt wider. In der Blütezeit des 16. Jahrhunderts schreiben sich Topoi wie diejenigen vom unvergleichlichen Paris („Paris sans Pair“) oder von der Weltstadt Paris („Lutetia non urbs, sed orbis“) in zahllose historiographische Texte, Briefe, Tagebücher, Karten und Bilder ein. Der Prozess der Bedeutungszuschreibung oder ‚Metropolisierung‘ beginnt aber schon im 12. Jahrhundert, und damit vor dem enormen Urbanisierungsschub des Spätmittelalters. Das Pariser Selbstbewusstsein, einem besonderen Gemeinwesen anzugehören, ist also nicht bloße Folge des demographischen, wirtschaftlichen und politischen Erfolges der Stadt. Die Diskurse über die Bedeutung moderieren vielmehr die Identitätsbildung als Metropole, aus deren Größe, Macht und Geschichte sich aktuelle politische oder kulturelle Ansprüche ableiten lassen. Ein solcher Prozess findet statt in Fremdzuschreibungen wie in Selbststilisierungen, Vergleichen mit historischen oder aktuellen Metropolen (Athen, Rom) und in der Multimedialität der Inszenierung. Entsprechende Selbstäußerungen können in fundierenden Stadtgeschichten (Gründungsmythen) und im Städtelob (Laus urbium) genauso verortet werden wie in Rechtstexten und Ego-Dokumenten, Ikonographie, Architektur oder herrschaftlichem Handeln.

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Call for Papers/Participation Interdisziplinärer Workshop: Verkörperte Konzepte – Personifikationen als Träger religiösen Wissens in Kunst und Literatur der Vormoderne 22-23/11/2018 Deadline 30/06/2018

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Abstrakten Begriffen durch Personifikation eine körperliche Gestalt und eine Stimme zu geben, ist ein seit der Antike bekanntes ästhetisches Verfahren in Kunst und Literatur. Dieses diente nicht nur der Verlebendigung und der Überzeugung des Hörers bzw. Betrachters, wie es in Rhetoriktraktaten von der Antike bis in die Frühe Neuzeit formuliert wird. Die Übertragung eines abstrakten Begriffs in eine konkrete körperliche Gestalt leistete auch eine Veranschaulichung und Ordnung des jeweiligen Konzepts und der damit verbundenen Wissensbestände. Dieses Verfahren konnte damit zugleich zur Aktualisierung, Erzeugung und Transformation von Wissen beitragen. Grundlage des Workshops ist demnach ein Personifikationsbegriff, der dieses ästhetische Verfahren nicht einfach als Wiederholung der immer gleichen Gestaltungsmittel und Attribute versteht, sondern ihm ein eigenes epistemisches Potential beimisst.
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Call for Papers 4th Conference of the International Bridges Group in Regensburg (August 25 – 26, 2018) Deadline 28/02/2018

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After three successful conferences in London, Prague and Salisbury, the International Bridges Group will meet next in Regensburg on August 25 & 26, 2018. This year, we will cooperate with the “Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung” (https://gsu-stadtgeschichte.com/), the Chair of European History at Regensburg University and the Research Training Group KRITIS at Technische Universität Darmstadt. The conference willbring together historians, art historians, linguists and literary scholars, archaeologists and engineers in order to present and discuss new ideas on medieval bridges and the cities in which these bridges reside. Topics may include the construction and maintenance of medieval bridges, the evolution and growth of medieval cities with stone bridges, the iconography of statues on bridges, the functions (practical and symbolic) of stone bridges, and the types of institutions connected with medieval bridges. Bridges as a cultural heritage could be another topic: How are medieval bridges in cities today perceived, preserved, staged and marketed?

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Doctoral Studentship University of Warwick “Religious buildings in Zamora, 11th-13th Centuries: building processes, forms and functions” Deadline 31/03/2018

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The construction of churches or church buildings is obviously as old as the dominance of Christianity in Western societies. The petrification of ecclesiastical wealth, however, implied a more recognisable and enduring presence for this institution throughout the medieval landscape, both urban and rural. The building of churches, and to a lesser extent monasteries, was also promoted by the laity. These were initiatives and investments that were partly religious in origin, in so far as they were ways to ensure the eternal salvation of the founders or of the community involved. The proliferation of masonry-built churches may also raise the question of other objectives of the secular world. Sometimes the laity invested in churches to provide a new, or at least a stronger, more formalised and more recognizable community identity.

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Call for Participation Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval and Early Modern Cities Deadline 15/02/2018

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The Cyprus Institute, with support through the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative, is launching a new research seminar project: Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval and Early Modern Cities. Interested scholars at a formative stage of their careers are encouraged to apply for participation in the project’s three planned workshops in Nicosia, Cordoba/Granada and Thessaloniki/Rhodes.

Directed by Nikolas Bakirtzis (The Cyprus Institute) and D. Fairchild Ruggles (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), the project investigates the layered art histories of medieval Mediterranean cities as the basis for scholarly connections that challenge and move beyond the boundaries of modern historiographies, national narratives and contemporary socioeconomic realities. Set in a region where issues of cultural heritage and identity are currently highly contested, the project looks at the material past to understand its relevance for the present and future. The project’s focus expands on collaborative research on historic Mediterranean cities pursued by the Cyprus Institute’s Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC) and the Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the Department of Landscape Architecture of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Lecture: Felipe Pereda, ‘Images’ Oblivious Memory: Funerary Laments from Ancient Greece to El Greco’. Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 4pm, Thursday 25th January, 2018

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Felipe Pereda (Harvard), will give the inaugural lecture for the 2018-19 Coll & Cortes Medieval Spain Seminar Series at 4pm on Thursday 25th January in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre of the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

An old narrative tradition going back to Ancient Egypt but documented across the Mediterranean – from the Middle East to Greece — shows women attending funerals performing theatrical, but also highly ritualized gestures that express unbearable pain. This visual trope corresponds to a practice that was surveyed and prosecuted in this part of the world well before the arrival of Christianity. The practice continued in Iberia throughout the Middle Ages, producing from the 12th century onwards an extraordinary tradition of painting and monumental sculpture. This lecture will explore the persistence, survival and repression of this practice and discuss the contribution of the visual arts to the production of cultural memory.

 

Felipe Pereda is Fernando Zóbel de Ayala Professor of Spanish Art at Harvard University. Born in Madrid, he studied at the Universidad Complutense, and the Autónoma University where he received his PhD (1995) and taught until 2011. In more recent years, he has also taught at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas (Universidad Autónoma de México), and Johns Hopkins University (2011-15). He has worked on Spanish late medieval and early modern art, art theory, image theory and history of architecture.

His books include, La arquitectura elocuente (1999), El atlas del Rey Planeta (3rd. ed. 2003), and Images of Discord. Poetics and Politics of the Sacred Image in 15th century Spain (Spanish ed. 2007; English translation, Harvey Miller, forthcoming). He has recently published on artists such as Luis de Morales, Ribera, or Zurbarán.