Il workshop intende compiere una revisione storico-critica sul tema della pittura a monocromo tra il XIV e il XVII secolo, per lasciare spazio a un’interpretazione più ampia, in grado di mettere in luce la complessità di tale fenomeno pittorico. [more]
Visuelle Dokumente befinden sich in paradoxer Spannung zwischen vermeintlicher Selbstevidenz und der Notwendigkeit diskursiver Autorisierung. Wie verhandelt True Crime diese doppelte Funktionsweise? Welche Gesten der bildlichen Beglaubigung treten hier auf? [more]

Division and Affinity: Visualizing Diversity in Natural History, 16th ‒ 17th Centuries

Research Seminar
A key development in early modern natural history that so far has received very little attention is the introduction of various dichotomous and tabular diagrams to illustrate classifications of plants and animals in the early modern period. Joachim Jungius (1587-1657), professor and some-time director of the academic school Johanneum in Hamburg, was one of the first scholars to use dichotomous diagrams to carry out a systematic analysis of the morphology and taxonomy of plants. [more]

Visualizing Complexities: Practices and Heuristics of Digital Models in Art History

International Workshop
Digital models help to visualize complexities heretofore unapproachable through more conventional methods of art history. The seductive qualities of these models—which tend to transcend those of words—are increasingly untempered by their digital and thus potentially alien nature. But with the use of these tools come challenges. [more]
At the intersection of art and ritual, processional paraphernalia endorse crucial roles for collective identity: creating and maintaining group unity, building solidarity in the face of crises, and possibly offering disruptions of law and order or signaling outcasts. The aesthetic appeal of carefully-crafted artefacts (from candles to flags, canopies, reliquaries, etc) is essential but must be studied together with performativity, objects being the material essence of ritual. [more]

Visual Politics on the Street: Art and Rhetoric in the Rome of Paul III (1534-1549)

Research Seminar
When Paul III was elected Pope in 1534, Rome was still scarred by the Sack of 1527. When he died, in 1549, it seemed that the Golden Age had been restored. How did such transformation unfold? This seminar explores the interventions carried out along the Via Lata to reveal Paul III’s urban politics. [more]

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

Seminar 3. Emails and Letters: Curating Correspondence in the Digital Age
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. This invites reflection on how these modern technologies impact the generation of new questions. In order to examine this, the Max Planck Research Group Visualizing Science in Media Revolutions is organising a series of online seminars that asks researchers, librarians, software developers, curators, archivists, and artists to reflect on the impact that digital media and tools have on their working practices. [more]
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