Materiality and Mediality

The early modern materiality and mediality section is devoted to the study of the bodily dimension of works of art (their materiality) and the role it plays in the way these objects communicate (their mediality).

A work of art can be understood as a solid or semi-solid agglomeration of components that each have their own sensual properties – e.g. pulverous, fibrous, venous, liquid – and practical implications – e.g. making the work portable, interactive or recyclable. Many consequences of this material embodiment have been overlooked by the fields of visual studies and early modern art history. This is the case, for example, of the dynamic properties of artistic materials, namely the way they react to movement, touch, heat or light.

Elaine Reichek, SETI, 2004, hand embroidery on linen, 101,6 x 144,8 cm (40 x 57 in.)

This research focus proposes to look anew at the visual culture of the early modern period by devoting special attention to overlooked materials and medial properties. Of particular interest are the various ways in which these materials and medial properties contribute to the communicative efficacy of a work or a display, as well as their impact on the aesthetic, social and ritual use of objects. The section builds on previous research on early modern textiles.

Events

Il cantiere del cinquecento: architettura a decorazione. I. Roma

Prenotazione obbligatoria entro il 22.11 per la giornata del 26.11
Nov 25, 2019 14:00 - Nov 27, 2019 18:00
Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Musei Vaticani, Bibliotheca Hertziana

The Pictorial Evidence of Ruins: From Rome to Homs

Nov 14, 2019 15:00 - Nov 15, 2019 13:00
Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Academia Belgica, Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History

Menacing Laughter and other Bodily Contortion

Francesca Alberti
Nov 12, 2019 11:00 - 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

The Agency of Architectural Settings – Invention, Time and Place in Fra Angelico's Nicholas V Chapel

Registration required - Fully booked
Oct 29, 2019 14:00
Cappella Niccolina, Vatican Apostolic Palace

The Agency of Architectural Settings – Invention, Time and Place in Fra Angelico's Nicholas V Chapel

Livia Lupi
Oct 29, 2019 11:00 - 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Conceptualising the Picture Plane: Illusionism and Flatness in Titian's Painting

Giorgio Tagliaferro
Oct 1, 2019 14:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Art History in Black and White. Unwanted Colour Reproductions and Art Historical Methods.

Monika Wagner
Oct 1, 2019 11:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Renaissance Architectural Prints and the Cultural Techniques of Copying

Michael J. Waters
May 14, 2019 13:30
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Arctic Ink

Christopher P. Heuer
Apr 16, 2019 11:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Gentile Bellini and the "Great Turk"

Victor I. Stoichita
Feb 15, 2019 11:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Art in Outer Space (1969)

Tristan Weddigen
Feb 6, 2019 18:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Practical Knowledge of Art History. Romantic Painters as Scholars in the 19th Century.

Michael Thimann
Nov 27, 2018 12:00 - 14:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Frameworks for Meaning and Experience in the Mendicant Convent

Andrew Chen
Nov 13, 2018 12:00 - 14:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Margins of early Renaissance painting

Christopher S. Wood
Oct 16, 2018 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Folds, Flesh, and Fruit - The Touch of Grace in Paintings of Chardin and Boucher

Julia Gelshorn
Oct 9, 2018 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

On Edible Images: Artefacts and the Constitution of Community

Jérémie Koering
Sep 11, 2018 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Berühmte 'Mütter', ungleiche 'Schwestern' - sprechende Verwandtschaften zwischen Bildern weiblicher Exempla in der Frühen Neuzeit

Jun 21, 2018 13:00 - Jun 22, 2018 15:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Figure, Ground, Point, Field

David Young Kim
May 22, 2018 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Early Modern Intermediality II

May 9, 2018 13:00 - May 10, 2018 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Behind the Surface of Raphael's Drawings

Angelamaria Aceto
May 7, 2018 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

From Woodworms to Earworms: Entomological Imagination and Obsessive Thinking in the Early Modern Period

Guido Giglioni
Apr 10, 2018 13:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom

Looking Awry at Titian's Sacred and Profane Love

Maria H. Loh
Mar 13, 2018 11:00
Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom
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