CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

four Italian Art Society Sessions

Source of Information: FICINO 2000-07-27
Date of Event: 2001-05-03 to 06
Location of event: Kalamazoo, USA
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2000-09-15

The following is a call for papers for three Italian Art Society Sessions at
the International Medieval Studies Congress is May 3-6, 2001, at Western
Michigan University, Kalamazoo
The deadline for submitting abstracts to chairs is Sept. 15th.


The City as Ritual Space: Italy from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance

Barbara Deimling and Alick McLean
Syracuse University in Florence
Piazza Savonarola 15
50124 Florence
tel.: (011) (39) 055.232.1083 (hm)
      (011) (30) 055.503131 (office)
fax:  (011) (39) 055.500.0531

This session focuses on the relationship between public space and urban
rituals in the Italian city from late antiquity to the Renaissance.
Papers may document rituals and their settings at particular historical
moments.  We also invite entries that trace the dynamic relationship
between space and ritual, examining how rituals predetermine or alter
the form of public space, and how public spaces in turn condition the
kind of rituals that they frame. Papers may also examine how the
symbiotic relationship between designed space and choreographed ritual
enhance the formal capacities of space or ritual to express power
structures and urban values.


The Home as Ritual Space: Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy

Jacqueline Marie Musacchio, Vassar College
Department of Art, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New
York, 12604
Email  (until July 1, 2000):
Phone (until July 1, 2000): 210 9997686
Fax(until July 1, 2000):      210 9998104

This session will examine domestic space and its attendant objects as a
locus for ritual behavior in late Medieval and Renaissance Italy.
Recent scholarship on domestic architecture and decorative arts has
demonstrated both the importance of the private sphere and its often
elaborate appearance.  This highly charged familial environment had a
direct impact on the rituals enacted within it, and this impact ranged
from simply spatial (where the space enclosed the ritual) to more
complexly behavioral (where the space determined the ritual).  In the
context of this session, rituals could encompass major life cycle events
like childbirth, betrothal and marriage, and bereavement.  Or they could
involve more quotidian happenings such as daily devotional practices,
meals, and business activities.  Papers that consider specific
ceremonial behavior that utilizes domestic architecture and objects as
vital components are desired.


The Art of Display in Ritual Space: Holy Images, Reliquaries, Liturgical
Furnishings and Books in the High Middle Ages and Renaissance

Between the twelfth and seventeenth centuries, Italian ritual space was
increasingly animated by dramatic acts of display.  By the end of the
twelfth century, a growing consensus on the doctrine of
transubstantiation led  to a more theatrical elevation of the
eucharistic elements at the time of consecration, and after the official
proclamation of transubstantiation at the Fourth Lateran Council in
1215, a new class of objects was designed specifically for the
veneration and conservation of the eucharistic relics.  Likewise,
reliquary shrines, holy images and liturgical books shared in an
enhanced emphasis on "ostension" or display.  This session will focus on
how portable objects and fixed liturgical furnishings were used, viewed
and designed in response  to ritual practices.  Particularly welcome are
investigations of how both formal and iconographic aspects of the
objects enhanced the viewer's appreciation of  the spiritual and/or
political ramifications of ritual action.  Papers may consider an
individual class of objects, such as altarpieces, monstrances,
reliquary-busts, and illuminated liturgical manuscripts,  or a
collection of objects and their display at a particular site.

Thomas E. A. Dale       Maria F. P. Saffiotti Dale
Department of Art History                               Elvehjem Museum of Art
University of Wisconsin-Madison                     University of Wisconsin
800 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Continuity and Change in Late Medieval and  Renaissance Art in Italy

Eric C. Apfelstadt, Associate Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Tel: 408-554-4455
Fax: 408-554-5038

This session will explore two fundamental and interdependent aspects of
Italian visual culture: the persistence of tradition and the importance
of innovation.  The play between continuity and change can be seen in
both the form and the content of art and architecture produced in Italy
during the later medieval and early modern periods.  Topics for
consideration include: how earlier art was re-used and re-interpreted,
how references served to convey sacred or socio-political messages, and
how contact with other visual cultures encouraged transformation of the
formal language,  iconography, and theory of Italian art.  Papers on all
media as well as on architecture are welcome.
Beth Holman