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  • Liège

    Call for papers - History

    Essere uomini di “lettere”: segretari e politica culturale nel Cinquecento

    As part of two research projects lead at the University of Liège – EpistolART and Artists, men of letters and secretaries of the Duke in the court of Cosimo I de’ Medici – a conference dedicated to the figure of the secretary in the sixteenth century will be held on the 26th and 27th of February in Liège. The primary aim of this meeting is to question the secretary’s role as linking between the arts and letters to political institutions.

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  • Venice

    Conference, symposium - Early modern

    “Venetian” enamels on copper from the Italian Renaissance

    Artistic geography, collecting, technology

    Enamelled and gold flecked copperware are a rare and highly refined feature of the decorative arts of the Italian Renaissance, of which less than three hundred pieces survive, and which are traditionally referred to as Venetian. Admired and sought after in the 19th century, when the main European collections were built up, these objects, whose origins date back to the end of the fifteenth century, were subsequently forgotten. The cross-disciplinary conference will shed light on technical and manufacturing aspects, and the forms and decorations of these artistic masterworks, which can be found in major museums and collections throughout the world, and point to the socio-cultural context of which they are a product. An attempt will be made to define a corpus of forms and decorations, to identify clients and patrons, thanks mainly to research into heraldry and symbols, and finally to trace their arrival on the European and American art markets in the 19th and 20th centuries respectively.

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  • Rome

    Call for papers - History

    Héraldique et papauté

    Araldica e papato

    Au Moyen Âge comme à l’époque moderne, la papauté dispose d’imaginaires variés pour alimenter sa communication institutionnelle. L’héraldique y joue un rôle majeur. Un nouveau pape apporte avec lui son blason qui paraît sur les monnaies, les sceaux, les médailles, la vaisselle et les ornements liturgiques, les reliures et les illustrations des livres, dans les armoriaux et dans la littérature de célébration ou de satire (pasquinades), sur les façades et les décors peints ou sculptés des bâtiments (succès dans la grotesque), dans les diverses fêtes et cérémonies, sur les portraits, les monuments et les tombeaux, sans oublier les jardins, les fontaines, etc... Les cardinaux augmentent souvent leurs armoiries de celles du pape qui les a créés. Ce n’est pas un hasard si la Rome pontificale peut être considérée comme l’une des capitales les plus héraldiques du monde. Dans la peinture, cet imaginaire prend des formes allégoriques. Les grands décors sont élaborés en programmes. L’héraldique papale, dans ses différents emplois, n’a pas suscité tout l’intérêt qu’elle méritait. Vaste sujet, propre à stimuler historiens, historiens de l’art et historiens de la littérature.

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  • Paris

    Call for papers - History

    Mazarin, Rome and Italy - history and the history of art

    Histoire – histoire de l'art

    Ce colloque, qui prend la suite du colloque Mazarin, les lettres et les arts (Institut, décembre 2002, publié en 2006), portera sur les liens de Mazarin avec Rome et l’Italie, durant sa période romaine, jusqu’en 1643, puis durant son ministériat en France. Dans une double perspective, celle de l’histoire et celle de l’histoire des arts (arts plastiques, musique, littérature), on y étudiera ses réseaux (diplomatiques, politiques, religieux, familiaux, de renseignement, les uns et les autres souvent mêlés), son collectionnisme, son mécénat, sa propagande (on attire l’attention sur la « correspondance politique » des archives des Affaires étrangères et son abondante documentation peu exploitée).

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  • Paris

    Call for papers - History

    "Aiutando l’arte". Inscriptions in Tridentine decors in Italy

    La dépréciation du recours aux inscriptions par la théorie artistique du Cinquecento se voit tempérée lors du Concile de Trente par la volonté ecclésiastique d'un encadrement des pratiques de l'image. Pour comprendre les enjeux et explorer les modalités de cette revalorisation momentanée du rôle didactique de l'écrit au sein de l'image, cette journée d'étude sera consacrée à l’importance, à la place, aux types, aux formes et enfin aux fonctions des inscriptions et écritures qui font retour en nombre dans les décors religieux monumentaux d’Italie pendant la seconde moitié du XVIe siècle et au début du XVIIe siècle.

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  • Call for papers - History

    Leonardo and Antiquity

    Conference at Hadrian's Villa

    To mark the five hundredth anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the “Istituto Autonomo Villa Adriana e Villa d’Este - Villae” (Tivoli, Rome) is organizing a conference with the theme of: “Leonardo and Antiquity”, at Hadrian’s Villa. At the dawn of the 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci visited Villa Adriana, then known as “old Tivoli”. The conference in preparation intends to explore ways in which this journey influenced Leonardo's genius, also in the context of the time period and work of Leonardo's contemporaries and/or disciples. In the company of internationally recognized keynote speakers, the conference welcomes the participation of both Italian and foreign researchers and scholars who answer this call for papers, as a major focus of the conference will be to place Leonardo's trip to Tivoli within a broader cultural context. The deadline for the paper proposals is fixed at January 25th, 2019.

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  • Nantes

    Call for papers - Representation

    In the shadow of the masters: "secondary" artists in peinture, sculpture and architecture (12th-19th century)

    The essential locus of the workshop has to be enquired into. How is a workshop organized? Which role is given to each of its members? From preparing colours to realising some parts of the painting, from building a mould to pouring liquid bronze into this casting mould, or from drawing a project to managing a work site, which evolution and which autonomy can students benefit from regarding their masters? Vasari has revealed a progressive vision of Art History, which still prevails in the discipline: students are inevitably ending up overstepping their master (Michelangelo and Ghirlandaio) or outshining their father (Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Pietro Bernini in the 17th century). But what about those who were not taken on and those who remained unskilled workers in their lifetime? Was their role really secondary? The ways and means of these artists’ dependence and emancipation regarding their masters, their model, or their technique has to be addressed.

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