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Una nuova idea di Italia. Il progetto stilistico dei Carracci e il suo contesto

Research Seminar
La ricerca stilistica dei Carracci, già condannata come eclettismo, viene riletta nel rapporto con la storiografia artistica, la lingua, la geografia e con l’emergere di una nuova idea di Italia tra la Bologna degli Incamminati e la Roma di Clemente VIII Aldobrandini. [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]

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]
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]

The Digital 3D Reconstruction as Research Tool - Challenges and Potentials

Keynote Lecture - part of the International Workshop "Visualizing Complexities: Practices and Heuristics of Digital Models in Art History"
  • Online event via Zoom - part of the International Workshop "Visualizing Complexities: Practices and Heuristics of Digital Models in Art History"
  • Date: Dec 10, 2020
  • Time: 18:15 - 19:30
  • Speaker: Piotr Kuroczyński
  • Location: Online via zoom
  • Contact: rossi@biblhertz.it
Computer-aided 3D-modeling and visualization are widely used in the examination and communication of cultural heritage. In the case of demolished or seriously altered art and architecture, source-based 3D-reconstruction represents an appropriate methodology of approach to this kind of research object. [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]

Division and Affinity: Visualizing Diversity in Natural History, 17th ‒ 18th 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]
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]
Nel 2016 l'Istituto Archeologico Germanico (DAI), l'Istituto Storico Germanico a Roma (DHI), la Bibliotheca Hertziana e l'Accademia Tedesca Villa Massimo hanno avviato il progetto, sostenuto dal Ministero degli Esteri e dalla Fondazione Max Weber (Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland), per esaminare per la prima volta la loro storia in un contesto interistituzionale e internazionale sullo sfondo degli sconvolgimenti politici e sociali del XX secolo. [more]
La realtà non è come appare. Almeno ai nostri occhi. Cosa vedremmo allora se la nostra capacità di messa a fuoco e risoluzione fosse decine di volte maggiore? E se espandessimo la potenza dei nostri occhi dal visibile all’intero spettro della luce? [more]

Still Lives: Representing and Looking at Nature Then and Now

Research Seminar
This seminar explores representations of nature, particularly those of plants, focusing on the early modern period and looking at how early modern strategies shifted and continue into the contemporary era. [more]

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

Seminar 2. Presenting and Investigating the Book as a Digital Object: New Directions in Book History and Publishing
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. [more]
During the second half of the 17th century, the natural philosophers associated with the Royal Society of London increasingly embraced empiricism, identifying sensory experience as the foundation for knowledge of nature. They did not, however, make this choice in the naive belief that the senses give us reliable insights into the world around us, or even that nature contains meanings to which the human mind has access. Like recent theorists of the relationship between humans and nature, therefore, the scientists of 17th-century England were alive to the possibility that our perceptions of nature might not bear much of a resemblance to nature as it exists for itself. [more]

Altruistic Desire and Self-Abnegation in the Crypts of Santa Maria della Concezione

Research Seminar
Dismissed as examples of a superstitious baroque "necroculture", the bone-encrusted mortuary installations of the Capuchin Order are typically viewed though a reductive optic of unhistoricized Catholic repentance or Protestant contempt. In this talk, I will examine the social and soteriological stakes of using human remains as an artistic material for the creation of Christian funerary art, asking above all why the blatant materiality of death became so important for Capuchin religious experience in Counter-Reformation Rome. [more]
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