This research exhibition focuses on one of Giulio Romano's preparatory drawings for the famous fresco cycle created for the great hall of the Villa Lante on the Janiculum Hill, today preserved in Palazzo Zuccari. The recent restoration of the drawing The Liberation of Cloelia (in the collection of the Bibliotheca Hertziana) has provided an opportunity to highlight the special appreciation for Italian Renaissance art of Henriette Hertz, cosmopolitan collector, and the founder of the Bibliotheca Hertziana. [more]

Giorgio de Chirico and the Modern Literary Imagination

A painter poet and a poet’s painter, Giorgio de Chirico arguably influenced the 20th century literary imagination more than any other modernist artist. This lecture considers why his art entranced the American poets John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, and Mark Strand. [more]

Art and Matronage: G. E. Street, the ‘Buffalo Girls’, and the Gothic Revival between London and Rome

Research Seminar
Are the achievements of the Gothic Revival in the Victorian period solely attributable to men? The different and not so obvious ways in which other types of agency exerted influence over the design process should give us pause for thought. [more]
L’Europa ha fatto realmente i conti con la sua storia coloniale? Italia e Germania, protagonisti tardivi della scramble for Africa, hanno davvero prodotto colonialismi minori? E oggi questi due paesi come si confrontano con quel passato, in che modo agiscono sulla memoria discorsiva e visuale, partecipando alla costruzione della loro narrazione nazionale? [more]

Media Histories of Sculpture

As Marshall McLuhan argued in his seminal Understanding Media, the “hybridizing or compounding” of media “offers an especially favorable opportunity to notice their structural components and properties.” This workshop seeks to explore sculpture’s intermedial entanglements and asks what these may reveal about the medium of sculpture. [more]

Generic Pastness. AI Image Synthesis and the Virtualization of the Archive

Research Seminar
AI image synthesis models are turning large collections of historical images into resources for producing new visual content. How does this affect our view of the past, and what does it mean for image archives to become sites of pattern extraction? [more]

Mandrake. A Natural History of Image Making

Research Seminar
Mandrakes mark the boundary of nature and art. They were coveted objects for medicine, natural history, magic and collections. Supposedly, these human-like roots grow naturally. However, in the early modern period, it was also common knowledge that they were often faked. [more]

Scultura italiana dal secondo dopoguerra agli anni Ottanta

  • Evento pubblico senza registrazione
  • Date: Oct 18, 2023
  • Time: 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Workshop
Il workshop “Scultura italiana dal dopoguerra agli anni Ottanta” — in occasione della mostra “Mauro Staccioli: Cementing a Legacy” presso Bibliotheca Hertziana — mira ad approfondire aspetti meno studiati e controversi della scultura italiana del secondo dopoguerra, prendendo come punto di partenza l’opera di Mauro Staccioli in tutte le sue sfaccettature. [more]
Mauro Staccioli: Cementing an Artistic Legacy | Mauro Staccioli: Consolidare un’eredità artistica (18 October 2023 – 19 January 2024) examines the work of Mauro Staccioli through a selection of archival materials. The exhibition is curated by Marica Antonucci. [more]

Nuove fonti documentarie su Ludwig Pollak, un protagonista del mercato internazionale dell'arte nella prima metà del '900

Research Seminar
L’archeologo, connoisseur e mercante d’arte praghese Ludwig Pollak (1868–1943) è stato uno dei principali protagonisti del mercato dell’arte e del collezionismo a Roma tra la fine del XIX secolo e i primi decenni del Novecento. [more]

Drawing Comparisons: Images in Comparative Anatomy, 1500–1900

The history of art and the practice of anatomy have long depended upon similar acts of comparison: identifying, visualizing and describing likenesses. This workshop investigates the role of images in developing comparative anatomy — the study of anatomy across species — in early modern Europe. [more]

The Art of Decolonization

Research Seminar
Focusing on the years of decolonization, this presentation will develop a transnational and transhistorical study of the artistic and diplomatic exchanges between France and Senegal from the 1950 to 1970s. [more]

Ursula’s Tourist Imaginary

Research Seminar
This talk will explore the German artist Ursula Schultze-Bluhm’s art in relation to her experiences travelling in the post-war world and her construction in surrealist painting and writing of a ‘tourist imaginary’. [more]

A Day in Honour of Ursula Nilgen – and her Foundation for Italian Medieval Studies at the Bibliotheca Hertziana

This study day honors the memory of art historian Ursula Nilgen with presentations from international scholars that have taken up her research proposals. In this context we will present the Foundation established in her name at the Bibliotheca Hertziana. [more]

Medieval Architecture as “Protean Mechanism”: Robert Willis and the Technics of Architectural History

Research Seminar
What would it mean to understand a medieval church as industrial technology? Rather than a passing theory of our own moment, this idea was actually lodged deep in the discipline of architectural history as it emerged in 19th century Britain. [more]
A category of objects that exists entirely as a function of violence, the term ‘loot’ describes a relationship of possession, if not more specifically of dispossession. Neither an historically nor materially specific typology of artifacts, loot is instead primarily a legal category that cuts across place and time. And while it is also not an art-historical classification, it is one with which the discipline of art history must constantly contend, given its repercussions for what is accessible, where, and in what condition. [more]
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