Journées d’étude : « Death and Dying », Newbury, 15-18 août 2022

The Harlaxton Symposium is an interdisciplinary gathering of academics, students and enthusiasts which meets annually to celebrate medieval history, art, literature and architecture through a programme of papers selected around a chosen theme. This year’s symposium will be convened by Dr Christian Steer and Dr Jenny Stratford. Speakers will focus on death in the later Middle Ages in both its practical and devotional aspects. Among themes to be explored are the ways in which death...

Conférence : Thomas Dalla Costa, “Tiziano e la pala d’altare dall’Assunta alla Pietà”, Vinigo di Cadore, le 30 juillet à 18h

THOMAS DALLA COSTA Tiziano e la pala d’altare dall’Assunta alla Pietà: una rivoluzione inascoltata? Sabato 30 luglio ore 18.00 Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista – Vinigo di Cadore In una recente pubblicazione, Tom Nichols si è spinto a teorizzare che Tiziano fu sì capace di emanciparsi dalla tradizione figurativa belliniana, innovandola radicalmente, ma che rimase inascoltato tra i suoi pari, che sostanzialmente non lo seguirono. Ciò sarebbe chiaramente dimostrato dal fatto che in alcuni generi...

Parution : Jessica Barker, « Stone Fidelity. Marriage and Emotion in Medieval Tomb Sculpture », Suffolk, Boydell & Brewer, 2022

Medieval tombs often depict husband and wife lying side-by-side, and hand in hand, immortalised in elegantly carved stone: what Philip Larkin’s poem An Arundel Tomb later described as their “stone fidelity”. This first full account of the “double tomb” places its rich tradition into dialogue with powerful discourses of gender, marriage, politics and emotion during the Middle Ages. As well as offering new interpretations of some of the most famous medieval tombs, such as those...

Appel à communications : Self-care in Early Modern Art, RSA, date limite le 1er août 2022

As we begin to recover from a global pandemic, making time for self-care—actions that improve our physical and psychological well-being—has become increasingly critical. Though this discourse of self-care is considered a modern one, according to Michel Foucault, ancient Greeks understood the term epimeleia heautou, or care for the self, as developing self-awareness with the goal of becoming a more ethical being. This session probes early modern notions of self-care explored in any medium. It considers...

Parution : Michael W. Kwakkelstein, « Anatomical Studies », Turnhout, Brepols, 2022

The central theme of Rubens’s paintings is the human figure, often represented nude or partially clothed and involved in dramatic action. As a history painter, Rubens’s acclaimed skill in rendering the human body whether male or female, lean or fleshy, mature in years or young, animated or lifeless, vigorous or diseased, heroic or cowering, sensuous or decrepit, idealised or blemished and imperfect enabled him to vie with the greatest artists ever known, while creating increasing...

Parution : Marlise Rijks, « Collections in Early Modern Antwerp. Catalysts of Innovation », Turnhout, Brepols, 2022

Paintings, drawings, prints, maps, jewels, gems, statuettes, medals, exotica, antiquities, dried animals, shells, corals, and scientific instruments. All these objects and more were on display in collectors’ cabinets in Early Modern Antwerp. This book tells the story of the collections of artists and artisans, who stood at the centre of and shaped the city’s cultural life. In their double roles as maker-collectors, they put a strong mark on the culture of collecting. The culture of...

Parution : Franca Ela Consolino (dir.), « After Ovid. Aspects of the Reception of Ovid in Literature and Iconography », Turnhout, Brepols, 2022

The 2000th anniversary of Ovid’s death, in 2017–2018, led to an upsurge in conferences and publications dedicated to the author’s work and afterlife. One of these is the present volume, resulting from the conference Dopo Ovidio. Aspetti della ricezione ovidiana fra letteratura e iconografia, which was held on 7–8 May 2019 at the Department of Human Sciences (DSU) of the University of L’Aquila, and which looked at various aspects of Ovid’s fortune, from a diachronic and interdisciplinary perspective....

Exposition : “Rhinoceros – a fabulous animal works on paper from three centuries”, Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, du 21 juillet 2022 au 26 juillet 2023

The studio exhibition presents images of the rhinoceros on paper from three centuries. This period saw the transformation from a creature of the imagination to a realistically-depicted animal. In 1500, almost no-one in Europe had ever actually seen a rhinoceros, and the legendary creature was associated with myth and many stories. It was considered wild, dangerous and the elephant’s natural enemy, but also exotically fascinating, testimony to an unknown world. Two images, in particular, were...

Parution : Paolo Galluzzi, Alessandro Nova (dir.), « Decoding Leonardo’s Codices. Compilation, Dispersal, and Reproduction Technologies », Venise, Marsilio Editori, 2022

This book contains the essay of an international conference organized by the Kunsthistorisches Institut and the Museo Galileo, which was held at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence in 2019. Its aim was to investigate how Leonardo’s manuscripts were compiled, their dispersal after the artist’s death, and the pioneering initiatives for facsimile reproduction and text transcription, beginning in the last decades of the nineteenth century. These enterprises were based on the rapid evolution of printing techniques...

Parution : C. Strine, M. Mclnroy, A. Torrance, « Image as Theology. The Power of Art in Shaping Christian Thought, Devotion, and Imagination », Turnhout, Brepols, 2022

Our lives are saturated with images. They exert an unparalleled power in contemporary culture. However, the power of images is in fact nothing new. Although texts are often the most important historical sources for academics, the image played an enormous role for those who actually lived in these past societies. Images communicated all manner of concepts and messages to a much wider audience than theological texts. Throughout history, images frequently depicted God, human beings, and...

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