Source of Information: FICINO 2001-06-25
Date of Event: 2001-10-18 to 22
Location of event: Montreal, Canada
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2001-07-09
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Call for Papers Universities Art Association of Canada Meeting Montreal, Quebec October 18-21, 2001 Art and Letters in Renaissance Florence During the rule of Duke Cosimo I de' Medici of Florence (1537-1574) a number of historical, poetical, and theoretical works important to the study of Renaissance art were written. To mention only a few, Vasari's Lives, Bandinelli's Memoriale, Varchi's and Borghini's letters and tracts, Bronzino's poems, and Cellini's treatises and autobiography all date to the three decades in question--a period of Florentine history which saw as well the foundation of the Accademia del Disegno and the heated paragone debate waged around Michelangelo's funeral in 1564. Practicing artists penned many of the key works and certain of them seemed to turn during these decades from the practice of painting, sculpture, and architecture to the literary arts. Is this phenomenon to be explained generally by artists' evolving social ambitions and the superior status of the man of letters? Or did the particular politics of Cosmean Florence foster this movement in ways peculiar to the Florentine context? Could the emulation of Michelangelo as an artist-poet be a determining influence, or is Michelangelo's reputation as a poet in part dependent on a more general migration toward the printed word? Can any of the answers to these questions be seen to reside in the seemingly mute painting and sculpture produced for the ducal court by artists such as Bronzino and Cellini? In other words, to what extent is the paragone battle waged as intensely in the plastic as in the literary arts? These are just a few of the questions raised by the not always peaceful coexistence of the arts in sixteenth-century Florence. Please send 250-word proposals for 20-minute papers in either English or French before July 9 to: Dr. Gwendolyn Trottein Professor of Art History Department of Fine Arts Bishop's University Lennoxville, P.Q., J1M 1Z7, Canada Fax: (819) 822-9623 <firstname.lastname@example.org> or Dr. Corinne Mandel Department of Visual Arts University of Western Ontario London, Ontario, N6A 5B7, Canada Fax: (519) 661-2020 <email@example.com> Thank you!
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