The Eastern Caelian is an area of exceptional importance to our understanding of the evolution of Rome from the Classical period to the early Middle Ages and beyond. This paper presents a range of methodologies now being introduced through the new ‘Rome Transformed’ Project to illuminate aspects of that evolution. It seeks not only to explore the diversity of vital source material, but also to consider how best to advance interdisciplinary analysis. [more]

Shards of the New World: Painting on Obsidian and the Ecologies of Early Modern Art

Research Seminar
Spanish colonization introduced a host of artistic materials into European workshops. This research seminar examines the artistic, ecological, and spiritual stakes that motivated several European painters to use obsidian from the Americas as the substrate for their devotional paintings. [more]

Seminar Series: Reflections on the Digital Turn in the Humanities and the Sciences

Seminar 8. Final Reflections: A Workshop to Explore the Seminars’ Findings
In the early modern period, a new visual culture was generated as a result of new media (as a result of the printing press); new tools of observing the world (such as telescopes and microscopes); and new questions about nature and the world. Similarly, one could argue that the current development of digital media (such as the internet, and online publication options) and digital tools (such as online catalogues and databases, or 3D modelling software) has led to new ways of finding answers and resources. This invites reflection on how these modern technologies impact the generation of new questions. In the past years, the Max Planck Research Group Visualizing Science in Media Revolutions has organised a series of online seminars which asked researchers, librarians, software developers, curators, archivists, and artists to reflect on the impact that digital media and tools have on their working practices. [more]

Rudiments and Revenants: Warburg, Darwin and the Biology of Gesture

Research Seminar
By analyzing Aby Warburg’s reception of evolutionary thought – both with and against Darwin – this research seminar offers a new reading of Warburg’s understanding of history, demonstrating how the circulation of images between art and science enabled the conversion of expressive gesture into a fossil of deep time. [more]

The Perfection of Nature: Animals, Humans, and Race in the Renaissance

Research Seminar
The Renaissance world – from the Mediterranean to Mexico City to the high mountains of the Andes – was marked by a lingering fascination with breeding. [more]
Nelle Vite, Vasari rivendica di essere stato il primo ideratore della villa che Giulio III fece edificare alla metà del Cinquecento. L’intricata trama di figure coinvolte è però ben più fitta di quanto l’aretino non lasci intendere, rendendo Villa Giulia un caso esemplare per affrontare il funzionamento di un cantiere. [more]
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