HomeCongregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri: Art & Culture International Conference

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Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by Anastasia Giardinelli

Summary

The Church of Santa Maria in Vallicella (Rome) was granted as the headquarters of the first Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri; it was completely renovated soon after, and consecrated in 1577. This church is an artistic masterpiece, having received contributions from some of the most renowned artists and architects from the 16th century onwards. Whilst the Oratorians apparently never developed their own brand of "artistic style" - as occurred with other religious institutions -, the fact remains that they sponsored a vast number of works of art, often of considerable significance, forming a corpus that is yet to be studied in due depth.

Announcement

Argument

After some years living in a religious congregation and carrying out pious works in Rome, St. Philip Neri (1515-1595), usually identified as the Third Apostle of Rome, saw the Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri formally recognised by a papal bull in 1575. The members of the congregation - known as Oratorians - were secular priests living together under a Rule without having taken religious vows. From early on, the Oratorians were in close connection with parishes, serving as clergy and getting involved in apostolate, assistance and education, as well as in the production of art. Later on, numerous Oratorian congregations were established across Europe, as well as in America and Asia. These congregations functioned autonomously, but maintained direct connections between them, forming a kind of confederation; unlike other religious orders, they were not subordinated to a central authority. 

The Church of Santa Maria in Vallicella (Rome) was granted as the headquarters of the first Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri; it was completely renovated soon after, and consecrated in 1577. This church is an artistic masterpiece, having received contributions from some of the most renowned artists and architects from the 16th century onwards. Whilst the Oratorians apparently never developed their own brand of "artistic style" - as occurred with other religious institutions -, the fact remains that they sponsored a vast number of works of art, often of considerable significance, forming a corpus that is yet to be studied in due depth. 

Submission Guidelines

We are thus encouraging academic researchers and independent scholars to present their paper proposals (300 words + a brief biographical sketch of 100 words) for the international conference Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri: Art & Culture, to debate on Oratorian art (architecture, painting, sculpture, music, etc.) through all periods and geographical areas.

The conference will take place in Lisbon, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, between 15 and 17 October 2020, organised by ARTIS - Institute of Art History, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon.

Organisation

  • ARTIS - Institute of Art History, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

Executive Committee

  • Joaquim Rodrigues dos Santos (chairman - University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Sagara Jayasinghe (University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka)
  • Lúcia Marinho (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

Scientific Committee

  • Vítor Serrão (chairman - University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Alessandro Zuccari (University of Rome - Sapienza, Italy)
  • Audrey Adamczak (University of Paris IV - Sorbonne, France)
  • François-Xavier Carlotti (University Jean-Moulin Lyon 3, France)
  • Hélder Carita (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Helen Hills (University of York, United Kingdom)
  • José Manuel Fernandes (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Manuel Joaquim Moreira da Rocha (University of Oporto, Portugal)
  • Mauro de Gioia (Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Italy)
  • Michael Lang (St. Mary's University, Twickenham - London, United Kingdom)
  • Michele Nicolis (Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Italy)
  • Myriam Ribeiro de Oliveira (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Olga Melasecchi (Jewish Museum of Rome, Italy)
  • Paul Wodrazka (Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Austria)
  • Pedro Guedes (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Rafael Castañeda García (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico)
  • Stefano Zen (Pegaso Telematic University of Naples, Italy)
  • Zoltán Biederman (University College of London, United Kingdom)

Conference website: https://oratorians.weebly.com

Conference email: oratorians@letras.ulisboa.pt

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Keywords

  • oratorian art, architecture, painting, sculpture, music, and more, through all periods and geographical areas

Contact(s)

  • Joaquim Rodrigues dos Santos
    courriel : oratorians [at] letras [dot] ulisboa [dot] pt

Information source

  • ARTIS Instituto de História da Arte
    courriel : artis [at] letras [dot] ulisboa [dot] pt

To cite this announcement

« Congregation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri: Art & Culture International Conference », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, https://calenda.org/742861

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