Events Archive

Embodying Europe in the Early-Modern Period

Research Seminar
In the early-modern period, a vibrant debate about Europe’s political fate, its borders, and its identity emerged. While travelogues enhanced the knowledge of non-European cultures, the growing news media contributed to the discourse on Europe as well by reporting continuously on its contemporary history. [more]
The Florentine Codex is an encyclopedic manuscript produced collaboratively by the Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún and a team of indigenous writers and artists. It was completed at the Colegio de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco in Mexico City in 1577. [more]

Fabbricare le alterità: agency, visual e material culture

Research Seminar
Se le teorie che tentano di circoscrivere un’identità e una razza italiana si avverano contraddittorie, vaghe e inconsistenti, le rappresentazioni del corpo realizzate in ambito coloniale si impongono, al contrario, per la loro immediatezza comme tenaci ontologie e efficaci strumenti di propaganda. [more]
Recent progress in the Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing communities have made it possible to connect Vision and Language together in a variety of different tasks which lie at the intersection of Vision, Language, and Embodied AI. Those tasks range from retrieving images or part of images given textual queries, to generating meaningful descriptions of images, answering questions and navigating agents in unseen environments via natural language instructions. [more]

Art to Numbers - Ph.D. Seminar

Ph.D. seminar
Practical implementation and theoretical analysis of visual similarity in the context of (digital) art history, with a short hands-on introduction to the ImageGraph tool and invites participants to discuss how digital methods can assist art historical research methodologies. [more]

Mapping Uncertainty. Early Modern Global Cartography, 21st Century Discussions

KNIR Colloquium
How to present uncertain knowledge? What did, and what do, mapmakers do when they are not sure? This posed a large problem in early modern times, the so-called ‘age of exploration’. Where and how to insert whole new continents, disputed discoveries, questionable coastlines, and islands beyond the imagination? What if the experiences of explorers contradicted age-old narratives? And how to present the yet unexplored parts of the world? The issue of visualizing uncertain information on a map, however, is not just an early modern issue. 21st-century scholars making maps, for example with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) face comparable problems. How to state ‘maybe’ or ‘I don’t know’ with only ones and zeros at your disposal? Where to draw the line? How to demonstrate (or hide) your uncertainty? [more]

From Concepts to Tools

Workshop
  • Event with pre-registration onsite and online via Zoom
  • Data: 11.05.2022
  • Ora: 10:00 - 12:30
  • Relatore: Workshop
Practical implementation and theoretical analysis of visual similarity in the context of (digital) art history, with a short hands-on introduction to the ImageGraph tool and invites participants to discuss how digital methods can assist art historical research methodologies. [more]
Il Vesuvio è stato oggetto di attenzione e suggestione per secoli. Ad esso, e agli altri vulcani dell’area napoletana, si lega la produzione di numerosi testi e rappresentazioni visive. [more]
Die Faszination für den Vesuv hat im Laufe der Jahrhunderte zahlreiche Publikationen und Darstellungen hervorgebracht. [more]

La Cappella Sansevero a Napoli. Raimondo di Sangro e la cultura del barocco romano

Research Seminar
Raimondo di Sangro (1710-1771), settimo principe di Sansevero e committente della Cappella Sansevero a Napoli, si formò a Roma presso i gesuiti. Tale esperienza fu cruciale per la sua vicenda intellettuale, e finì per determinare il programma figurativo del suo tempio gentilizio. [more]

Snakes, Worms, and Finding God in Kerala: The Origins of the Hortus malabaricus

This talk examines the origins of Hendrik Rheede tot Drakesteyn’s Hortus malabaricus, one of the first luxurious Dutch encyclopedias of natural history, and especially the role of the discalced carmelite monk Matthew of St Joseph in the production of the text and the images. [more]

Visualizing Physiology: Hygiene and Representation in 18th Century Europe

Research Seminar
What is the role of images in modernizing the human body? The seminar will explore changing ways human physiology and hygiene were perceived, conceptualised, and represented in the 18th century, both in terms of scientific and popular discourses. [more]
The IIIF Reader is a tool designed for annotating and visualizing images through the International Image Interoperability Framework, this workshop aims at presenting and using it. [more]
The event is meant as a conversation on the cultural and political conditions affecting the study, conservation and symbolic value of a major extant monument from Kyivan Rus’: the Cathedral of Saint Sophia in Kyiv. Selected scholars will present and participate in discussions on Russophone historiography and the monument’s latest life as a museum and as a symbol of national identity, in light of recent rumors about war dangers threatening the church. [more]
What happens to a “factory of dreams” in times of war? Cinecittà, the Fascist-built Hollywood-on-the-Tiber, played a key role in the havoc of battle and occupation and post-World War II reconstruction. [more]

L’arte dell’underground. Fanzine, fumetti e stampa alternativa

Workshop
L’arte dell’underground riunisce alcuni protagonisti e studios* dell'underground per un confronto collettivo sui veicoli, le forme e la diffusione della controcultura italiana e internazionale dagli anni Settanta a oggi. L’evento è organizzato nell’ambito della collaborazione tra la Bibliotheca Hertziana e l’archivio della Fondazione Echaurren Salaris, la "Collezione digitale sull’arte e la politica in Italia negli anni sessanta e settanta". [more]

Radical Statecraft: Transforming Institutions through Imaginative Practice

Research Seminar
1960s-1970s countercultural practices have often raised a dilemma, within or against institutions? Over the past decades, many artists and cultural workers have explored an alternative, the creation of countercultural institutions. [more]
A visit to Studio Fabio Mauri , Associazione per l'Arte L'Esperimento del Mondo, will be followed by a workshop in Villino Stroganoff with a screening of Fabio Mauri, Intimità di Pasolini (2005) and group discussion focusing on a close reading of Fabio Mauri’s Intellettuale (1975), led by Benjamin Fellmann (Paris x Rome Fellow), Fabien Vitali (LMU München) and Ivan Barlafante, Dora Aceto and Sara Codutti (Studio Fabio Mauri). [more]

The Smell of Paint: Towards an Olfactory History of 19th-Century Painting

Research Seminar
Since the publishing of De Collica pictonum (1757) by the famous physician Tronchin, there have been numerous publications and debates about the medical dangers attributed to the smell of paint. At the turn of the century, while the manufacture of colors was gradually industrialized, this threat played an important role in the material culture by encouraging the development of many odorless paints and varnishes. [more]

Raphael and Stalin in Dresden: Art, Display, and Ideology

Research Seminar
On Stalin’s instructions, 2000 works of art to be seized in Germany as trophies were listed and to be installed in a World Museum of Art. The most sought-after piece was Raphael’s Sistine Madonna. Trophy Brigades were sent to the front lines. In May 1945, they found Dresden destroyed, but discovered the hidden art depots. 200 000 objects were sent to the USSR, especially to the Pushkin Museum. [more]

Otto Marseus van Schrieck, Johannes Swammerdam and Paolo Boccone: Visual Strategies and Communicating Science

Research Seminar
  • Online event via Zoom and on site (previous registration)
  • Data: 23.02.2022
  • Ora: 11:00 - 13:00
  • Relatore: Eric Jorink
After introducing the new project Visualizing the Unknown. Scientific Observation, Representation and Communication in 17th-century Science and Society (in cooperation with Bibliotheca Hertziana and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave), Eric Jorink will focus on the interaction between artistic and scientific strategies around 1670. [more]

Film Seminar "Talking Hands"

Film Seminar
Talking Hands/Говорящие руки (48 min, 2016) is a film about the 1960s Zagorsk School for deaf-blind children outside Moscow and its "cultural-historical" pedagogy. The school was established by Marxist philosopher Evald Ilyenkov, who, in contention with dominant Soviet ideology, began developing ideas of how human consciousness is socially and spatially constituted, arguing that it emerges in relation to material culture, objects, tools and other people. [more]

Controcultura in Italia tra underground e mainstream (1970-1980). La stampa alternativa, i fumetti e le riviste

Research Seminar
Questo research seminar si incentra su alcuni fenomeni emergenti nell’ambito della Controcultura italiana tra anni Settanta e Ottanta. [more]
Il film La rivoluzione siamo noi (Arte in Italia 1967-1977), prodotto e distribuito da Luce-Cinecittà, sarà proiettato nel Villino Stroganoff seguito da una discussione con la regista (Ilaria Freccia), l’autore (Ludovico Pratesi) e la Presidente di Cinecittà (Chiara Sbarigia). [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]
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]

Neue Tendenzen der Italienforschung zu Mittelalter und Renaissance

4. Interdisziplinärer Workshop
Ziel des interdisziplinären Workshops ist es, jüngere Ansätze der Italienforschung kritisch zu würdigen, ein Forum intensiven Austausches zu schaffen und die Italienforschung in Deutschland insgesamt zu stärken. [more]
Machine Learning has changed the stakes in architectural and urban research, but how can we devise and cross-fertilize comprehensive and innovative research methodologies that consider the city both through events and as an object of a longue durée? [more]

Navigating and Annotating Art Historical Collections

Workshop (closed) with Open Lecture (participation possible online via Zoom and on-site prior registration) on November 23, 09:30 am
Recent engaging proposals prompt us to reconsider the assumptions and goals behind digital art historical collections. This seminar will tackle new ways of conceiving, navigating and annotating digital art collections through data visualization and interaction design. [more]

Diagrams and Other Visual Aids in the Early Modern University Classroom

Research Seminar
On 19 July 1595, while lecturing on astronomy in the Protestant seminary school at Graz, Johannes Kepler had an epiphany. As he recalled in the Mysterium cosmographicum, 'when I was going to show my audience the leaps of the great conjunctions … I inscribed many triangles, or quasi-triangles, in the same circle, so that the end of one was the beginning of another.' [more]

Living with the Volcano │The Culture and History of Naples reflected in Natural Disasters

Max Planck Lecture
Eruptions and earthquakes have left their mark on the city of Naples. How have these disasters shaped the city’s art and architecture and the mindset of people living with natural threats? [more]

A Technology of Transparency

Research Seminar
Today, glass is ubiquitous, from window glass to tableware, and from eyeglasses to glass fibres, even to the extent to become almost invisible. However, this ubiquity has not always been there. [more]

Counteracting "Iconographic Silence". Resisting Censorship of the Libyan Genocide through Practice-Based Research

Research Seminar
The seminar will unpack the notion of 'iconographic silence' to consider historical forms of epistemological resistance and practice-based methodologies able to hijack those structures still contributing to the concealment of the Libyan Genocide. [more]

"Values Resemble a Dance, Not a Statue" – Sergei Eisenstein's Capital Project

Research Seminar
Sergei Eisenstein’s planned film adaptation of Karl Marx’s Capital stands as one of the most enigmatic projects in the history of cinema. Though never realized, it has haunted the imagination of many filmmakers, historians, and philosophers to the present day. A recent look into Eisenstein’s archive revealed the full scope of his plans: between October 1927 and September 1928, he gradually transformed his working diaries into an editing board. This "visual instruction in the dialectical method", as Eisenstein himself called his project, comprises over 500 pages of notes, drawings, press clippings, expression diagrams, plans for articles, negatives from October, theoretical reflections and extensive quotations. What can be seen and read is not a film but a series of variations on the themes of economy and capitalist exploitation. [more]
Referred to as "potentially the Pompeii of East Africa", the ambition to liken the ruined city of Kua in the Mafia archipelago in today’s Tanzania with one of the most famous ruined sites in Europe could hardly have been greater and continues to overshadow the Tanzanian archaeological site. [more]
Mappe e carte nautiche del Rinascimento sono immagini che visualizzano in modo contreto i contatti, conflitti e scambi internazionali e, in quanto tali, il loro studio è parte integrante di una storia dell’arte attentata ai materiali dell’arte e alla loro mobilità. [more]
Mendicants, Humanists and the Aesthetics of the civitas. Debates and political culture in the 14th and 15th centuries and their impact on art, architecture and urban space. [more]
This exciting project aims at reconstructing the pioneering observations of 17th-century microscopists such as Robert Hooke, Johannes Swammerdam and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek. Facing previously unknown structures such as the anatomy of insects, sperm and bacteria, these pioneering microscopists had to develop a new visual idiom to shape, record and disseminate their observations. What could they see? How did they represent their observations? [more]

Contemporaneità barocca: riletture incrociate di due mostre attuali

Workshop
Il workshop si pone come obiettivo principale quello di comprendere l’arte del presente e il suo riutilizzo del passato, instaurando un dialogo interdisciplinare sulle nozioni di temporalità e storicità a partire da un confronto diretto con le opere esposte all’interno delle due mostre Tempo Barocco (Gallerie Nazionali Palazzo Barberini) e Damien Hirst-Archaeology Now (Galleria Borghese). [more]

Marble. Connections and Refractions

Workshop
Few materials have been such a constant and dominant factor in the history of the arts as the material of marble. Considering marble both as a “raw” material and as a medium that, through its materiality, gains meaning, this workshop will explore new perspectives in the field. [more]

'Sammelband Scientia': Experimentation in Renaissance German Instrument Print Albums and Manuals

Research Seminar
Printed sundials, astrolabes, and other devices constitute an imperfect ephemeral record of early modern experiments with instrumentation on paper and the growing demand for it. This talk marks the beginning of a book project on such proto-scientific publications and the hybrid assemblages in which they survived. [more]

Film Seminar "Milano/Napoli: un dialogo cinematografico tra due metropoli italiane"

6° Incontro: I milanesi a Napoli (1954, Enzo di Gianni)
Napoli e Milano sono spesso considerati poli antitetici della rappresentazione dell’identità nazionale italiana. Come il cinema ha contribuito a cristallizzare una precisa "identità" di queste due realtà urbane? Quali specificità nella costruzione filmica della spazialità urbana si possono rilevare? Il presente ciclo di incontri è stato progettato per costruire una piattaforma di discussione pubblica dei risultati provvisori del progetto di ricerca incentrato sul rapporto tra spazio urbano e rappresentazione filmica. [more]

Tra le immagini, il tempo

Research Seminar
Riconcatenare le immagini del passato attraverso il riuso del materiale filmico od orientarle tramite il lavoro autoriale sul supporto —e quindi verso un nuovo formato in cui convergano passato, presente e futuro— permette la creazione di un nuovo ‘sorgere’ temporale e favorisce una sorta di "appuntamento segreto tra le generazioni". [more]

L'immaginazione al potere: invenzione e diffusione delle grottesche

Research Seminar
La scoperta delle grottesche, avvenuta a Roma alla fine degli anni settanta del Quattrocento, e poi la loro canonizzazione, ad opera di Raffaello e soci nel secondo decennio del Cinquecento, hanno offerto alla pittura moderna un nuovo lessico ornamentale all'antica destinato a dominare per secoli l'arte occidentale. [more]

Royal Nunneries at the Center of Medieval Europe. Art, Architecture, and Aesthetics (11th-14th centuries)

Conference
This conference is dedicated to the art, architecture and material culture of female monasteries patronized by the ruling dynasties in medieval Europe between the 11th and the 14th centuries. Within the late-medieval monastic universe, royal foundations share characteristics identifiable across their specific political contexts and beyond the space-time mapping of artistic and architectural phenomena. [more]
"Only anthropophagy unites us", Oswald de Andrade stated in the first verse of his seminal Manifesto Antropófago of 1928. While it is a foundational part of the Brazilian modernist discourse, starting with the Semana de Arte Moderna of 1922, and has been recently adopted by transcultural and postcolonial approaches, the current call for a decolonization of Art History invites to reread the Manifesto and ask whether regurgitating Cannibalism can still be a critical tool. [more]
This Research Seminar focuses on the visual communication strategies of corporate publications between the 1950s and the 1970s. In this period, house-organs were used to deliver a positive image of the industrial sector, with the aim to merge humanistic culture and technical knowledge. The speakers will discuss what these strategies tell us about broader political and economic logics. They will analyse peculiar dynamics of the Cold War era by comparing Italian and international cases. [more]

Film Seminar "Milano/Napoli: un dialogo cinematografico tra due metropoli italiane"

5° Incontro: Gatta Cenerentola (2017, Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri e Dario Sansone).
Napoli e Milano sono spesso considerati poli antitetici della rappresentazione dell’identità nazionale italiana. Come il cinema ha contribuito a cristallizzare una precisa "identità" di queste due realtà urbane? Quali specificità nella costruzione filmica della spazialità urbana si possono rilevare? Il presente ciclo di incontri è stato progettato per costruire una piattaforma di discussione pubblica dei risultati provvisori del progetto di ricerca incentrato sul rapporto tra spazio urbano e rappresentazione filmica. [more]

Disability, Art, Agency: Participation and the Revision of the Senses

Research Seminar
The talk claims that work by contemporary artists who deploy variable disability topoi (deafness, blindness, sight, mobility) make audiences more sensitive to ways in which bodies take in information and process stimuli. [more]

Henriette Hertz Lecture: "Doll & Stool: Materiality and Identity of Senegal’s Signares"

Lecture
Senegal’s Signares constituted a mix-raced society in 1800 and their art, connected with their political and economic power, was based on body’s ornamentation and architectural invention. The materiality of their history’s sources will be the main issue of this lecture. [more]

Conference: Diagrams in Science, Science in Diagrams

Diagrammatic forms of visualization are ubiquitous in scientific publications, as well as in popular mediations of scientific contents. Every computer interface relies on diagrammatic forms, combining textual and graphical elements. Diagrams abstract and encode information. They are indispensable in many scientific contexts, and, together with charts and graphs, also in the daily media, reaching a wide audience of experts and non-experts. [more]

Measure as Erasure

Research Seminar
The construction of the modern world largely rested on faith in measuring. The control of natural resources, the military revolution, the mapping of space, and the representation of the real: all those achievements were predicated on the belief that measuring was reliable, that it could be done, and that its results were immutable. [more]

Film Seminar "Riscritture cinematografiche: aspetti socio-economici, narrativi e di ricezione del remake"

Il video-saggio come remake. Riflessioni a partire da "Il profumo della signora in nero" (F. Barilli, 1974)
Nonostante il remake appaia già con gli inizi del cinema, esso si rivela essere un esempio chiave anche per comprendere la cinematografia contemporanea. Il significato di copia, gli interessi commerciali nelle decisioni dell'industria o il rapporto tra cinema e spettatore, sono alcune delle questioni che emergono mediante l’analisi delle nuove condizioni di produzione e diffusione. [more]
I Musei Capitolini offrono uno spunto per riflettere sulle trasformazioni avvenute nelle pratiche di restauro delle antichità a Roma tra fine ‘700 e inizio ‘800, anche nella prospettiva di recuperare episodi poco noti della storia del museo stesso. [more]

Roma, Atene e l'Europa. Tutela delle antichità e mercato d’arte tra fine '700 e primo '800

Research Seminar
Tra fine ‘700 e inizio ‘800 gli interessi di collezionisti, eruditi e mercanti d’arte in Europa rilevarono un cambio di rotta dalle antichità di Roma a quelle di Atene. Oltre al diffuso rinnovamento di gusto in atto, è possibile ricollegare tale nuova tendenza all’emanazione di leggi severe per il controllo del mercato d’arte? [more]
This project aims to create a 3D map of late medieval and Renaissance Rome in order to explore the interconnectedness of sight and sound, topography, and movement in the city by analyzing acoustics, ballistics, and defensive systems. [more]
The 6th International postdoctoral Conference by the Rome Art History Network focuses on the problem of reproducing, representing, or copying Michelangelo’s sculpture from the 16th century to today between artistic practice and criticism. [more]

Knotting Time: Lace, Labor and Gender in Italy

Research Seminar
In late 19th-century Italy, lacemaking was seen as a reclamation of the Italian past and the key to its industrial future. As the lace revival set thousands of women to work, however, the female lacemaker remained an ambiguous figure. [more]

Film Seminar "Milano/Napoli: un dialogo cinematografico tra due metropoli italiane"

4° incontro: "Io sono l'amore" (L. Guadagnino, 2009)
Napoli e Milano sono spesso considerati poli antitetici della rappresentazione dell’identità nazionale italiana. Come il cinema ha contribuito a cristallizzare una precisa "identità" di queste due realtà urbane? Quali specificità nella costruzione filmica della spazialità urbana si possono rilevare? Il presente ciclo di incontri è stato progettato per costruire una piattaforma di discussione pubblica dei risultati provvisori del progetto di ricerca incentrato sul rapporto tra spazio urbano e rappresentazione filmica. [more]
"Benché senza colori abbino tutta la forza dell’arte". In questo modo, nel 1590, Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo descriveva le opere realizzate a chiaroscuro, restituendo tutta la complessità teorica di un’opera pittorica eseguita con una tavolozza ridotta. Una pittura così realizzata, infatti, assume un singolare vigore espressivo in virtù dell’assenza della consueta policromia a suggerire i colori della realtà. [more]

Film Seminar "Riscritture cinematografiche: aspetti socio-economici, narrativi e di ricezione del remake"

"Vertigo" (A. Hitchcock, 1958) / "La Jetée" (C. Marker, 1962) / "Twelve Monkeys" (T. Gilliam, 1995): gradi di intertestualità nella pratica del remake
Nonostante il remake appaia già con gli inizi del cinema, esso si rivela essere un esempio chiave anche per comprendere la cinematografia contemporanea. Il significato di copia, gli interessi commerciali nelle decisioni dell'industria o il rapporto tra cinema e spettatore, sono alcune delle questioni che emergono mediante l’analisi delle nuove condizioni di produzione e diffusione. [more]

Lancio della collezione digitale di controcultura

Pubblicazioni rare sull’arte e la politica in Italia negli anni Sessanta e Settanta dall’archivio della Fondazione Echaurren Salaris accessibili online
Negli anni Settanta, l’artista Pablo Echaurren fu uno dei protagonisti della controcultura visiva. Come collezionista è riuscito a creare il più importante archivio di documenti della creatività politico-artistica post-68. I fondi raccolgono fanzine, volantini, disegni, manoscritti, fotografie e soprattutto riviste quali A/Traverso, Viola e Oask?!, oggi quasi irreperibili, come anche il lavoro dell’artista degli anni Settanta, in particolare i suoi acquarelli, smalti, quaderni di appunti, disegni e fotografie. Grazie a questo archivio si può comprendere un decennio chiave della storia dell’Italia contemporanea. [more]

The Layouts of Paratexts in 16th-century Learned Books

Research Seminar
Early printed books experimented with more numerous and varied kinds of paratexts than were common in medieval manuscripts, including title page, pagination, dedications, addresses to the reader, indexes and tables of contents, dichotomous diagrams, poems, prayers, privileges and permissions, authors’ portraits, errata, registers, and printers’ marks. [more]

The City: Traces of Urban Memories

Conference
Cities, like any other forms of human settlements and like works of art, are in constant flux, a process of shaping and reshaping, of being erased, demolished, newly designed, renovated, and preserved. Like a canvas on which marks of artistic activities—lines, scratches, stains of colors, and spots—are visually documented, the urban landscapes accumulate and display through their particular structures, planning, architecture, parks, and public monuments histories of urban creativity and imagined landscapes of inhabitants. Thus could be read both the plethora of built substances that turns a space into a place and the markers of remembering and forgetting. Sites epitomize durations and changes and embody a sense of time. [more]

Il cappello del brigante. Intrattenimento pittoresco e cultura visuale in età romantica

Research Seminar
La sensibilità romantica ha inventato il tipo del brigante italiano. Ma che funzione hanno avuto l’entertainment, il consumo culturale e la cultura visuale nel renderlo uno dei personaggi più emblematici dell’immaginario sociale ottocentesco? [more]

When the House Took Flight: Printed Media and Replicas of the Santa Casa di Loreto

Research Seminar
Through a replica of the Santa Casa in the Czech community of Slaný, this presentation explores transmission of the Loretan cult via printed media, revealing paths of information transfer, and the multiple temporalities embedded in the sacred edifice. [more]

Film Seminar "Riscritture cinematografiche: aspetti socio-economici, narrativi e di ricezione del remake"

Transnational remakes, auto-remakes, e shot-for-shot remakes: il caso studio di "Funny Games US" (2007) di Michael Haneke
Nonostante il remake appaia già con gli inizi del cinema, esso si rivela essere un esempio chiave anche per comprendere la cinematografia contemporanea. Il significato di copia, gli interessi commerciali nelle decisioni dell'industria o il rapporto tra cinema e spettatore, sono alcune delle questioni che emergono mediante l’analisi delle nuove condizioni di produzione e diffusione. [more]

What's next for Art History and Cultural Analytics: Features, Dimensions, Networks

Lecture
In the context of the Project Digital Visual Studies, hosted by the University of Zurich, Dr. Harald Klinke will give a lecture on What’s next for Art History and Cultural Analytics, focusing on Features, Dimensions, Networks as part of a broader reflection on the impact of digital technologies for the production, archiving and retrieval of images bear for the both established and emergent visual disciplines. [more]

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

Seminar 6. Visualizing Information: On the Digital Model as a Heuristic Tool
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. [more]

Film Seminar "Milano/Napoli: un dialogo cinematografico tra due metropoli italiane"

3° Incontro: "Operazione San Gennaro" (Dino Risi, 1966)
Napoli e Milano sono spesso considerati poli antitetici della rappresentazione dell’identità nazionale italiana. Come il cinema ha contribuito a cristallizzare una precisa "identità" di queste due realtà urbane? Quali specificità nella costruzione filmica della spazialità urbana si possono rilevare? Il presente ciclo di incontri è stato progettato per costruire una piattaforma di discussione pubblica dei risultati provvisori del progetto di ricerca incentrato sul rapporto tra spazio urbano e rappresentazione filmica. [more]

Una mostra su Roma e l'arte in Messico nel secolo dell'Indipendenza

Research Seminar
La mostra Roma en "México/México en Roma: Las academias de arte entre Europa y el Nuevo Mundo, 1843-1867" (Città del Messico, Museo Nacional de Arte, 6 dicembre 2017 - 24 maggio 2018) ha aperto nuove vie di ricerca per rileggere un patrimonio artistico che alla metà del diciannovesimo secolo fu realizzato a cavallo tra due continenti, l’America e l’Europa, tra due realtà politiche, la Repubblica Messicana e lo Stato Pontificio, tra due capitali culturali, Città del Messico e Roma. [more]

Remediated Maps. Transmedial Approaches to Cartographic Imagination

Workshop
  • Online event via Zoom
  • Inizio: 12.04.2021 14:30
  • Fine: 14.04.2021 19:00
  • Relatore: Workshop
The workshop aims at extending the research horizons developed in the last years around the cartographic image, to deepen the methodologies of the so called cartographic turn and revise its categories of analysis in a transmedial perspective. [more]

The Nature of Exotic Shells: Labor and the Costs of Visibility

Research Seminar
Throughout the early modern era, European collectors of exotic objects such as shells performed elaborate rituals of natural historical and aesthetic discernment in the spaces of their studies and cabinets. Where and how were shells—and other exotic specimens—found? How and by virtue of what forms of labor did they arrive in the spaces of early modern collections? [more]

Renaissance Italian Art after the Spatial Turn

Research Seminar
In the wake of History of art‘s "spatial turn", the historiography of pre-modern Italy has seemed more peripheral than central.To what extent have conversations about art as instrument of a colonizing process, as a conduit for cultural exchange, of translation and adaptation by colonial subjects, métissage, transfert culturel, and so on transformed the way we might conceive the artistic geography of Italy in the era before and after Vasari’s history of art imposed a seemingly intractable hierarchy of place? [more]

Film Seminar "Milano/Napoli: un dialogo cinematografico tra due metropoli italiane"

2° Incontro: "Il posto" (Ermanno Olmi, 1961)
Napoli e Milano sono spesso considerati poli antitetici della rappresentazione dell’identità nazionale italiana. Come il cinema ha contribuito a cristallizzare una precisa "identità" di queste due realtà urbane? Quali specificità nella costruzione filmica della spazialità urbana si possono rilevare? Il presente ciclo di incontri è stato progettato per costruire una piattaforma di discussione pubblica dei risultati provvisori del progetto di ricerca incentrato sul rapporto tra spazio urbano e rappresentazione filmica. [more]

Zur Medialität des Todes in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit

Workshop
Der Workshop fokussiert auf Riten, Räume und Objekte, die in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit dem Tod und seiner Vermittlung gewidmet waren. Dabei sollen die zentralen, in Bezug auf den Leib Christi erkennbaren Medialitätskonzepte mit ihren Evokationen und Graduierungen von Präsenz bzw. Absenz etwa auch hinsichtlich ihrer zeitgenössischen Übertragung auf die Körper einfacher Sterblicher untersucht werden. [more]

Magnets, Math, and Diagrams: Turning Visual Aids into Navigational Technology

Research Seminar
Suppose you are in the 1600s and you carefully look at what happens to an iron needle suspended on a fulcrum when a loadstone is moved nearby. The science of magnets is in its infancy: you do not know about fields of force and have little grasp of magnetic phenomena. [more]

A Space for the Soul: Fra Angelico’s Last Judgment for Santa Maria degli Angeli

Lecture
In his Last Judgment for S. M. degli Angeli, Fra Angelico visualizes the mystical places and colors of the soul, imagery that relates to the Christian Platonism of the Cappadocian Fathers, whose works were read and translated by Ambrogio Traversari. [more]

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

Seminar 5. Dealing with Data: On Historical and Current Practices Surrounding the Management of Information
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. [more]

Film Seminar "Riscritture cinematografiche: aspetti socio-economici, narrativi e di ricezione del remake"

Introduzione: i concetti chiave del remake attraverso lo studio di "Scarface" (H. Hawks e R. Rosson, 1932) (B. de Palma, 1983)
Nonostante il remake appaia già con gli inizi del cinema, esso si rivela essere un esempio chiave anche per comprendere la cinematografia contemporanea. Il significato di copia, gli interessi commerciali nelle decisioni dell'industria o il rapporto tra cinema e spettatore, sono alcune delle questioni che emergono mediante l’analisi delle nuove condizioni di produzione e diffusione. [more]

Carla Accardi. Opere e contesti

Giornata di studi
La giornata di studio condivide le premesse e i metodi della retrospettiva storica Accardi. Contesti, allestita nelle sale del Museo del Novecento di Milano, aprendo il confronto scientifico agli ambiti – culturali, artistici, critici – in cui Carla Accardi ha vissuto e operato. [more]

Interrupted Architectures: Unfinished Medieval Buildings between Failure and 'Open Work' (11th-14th century)

Workshop
In recent years the concept of the ‘Unfinished’ in contemporary architecture has undergone a significant critical development. From a theoretic standpoint, the Unfinished is mainly associated with Umberto Eco’s concept of ‘Open work’, which stresses the aspects of fluidity and the openness of contemporary works of art and the arduousness of circumscribing a creative process. [more]

Questioning the Canon. New Perspectives on Postwar Italian Art

Resarch Seminar
This Research Seminar focuses on dominant narratives of postwar Italian art. In asking how influential accounts have been consolidated in both academic research and exhibition practice, the speakers will concomitantly present theoretical and practical tools which enable us to question the structural premises of canon formation. [more]

Materialità dell'umanesimo. Architettura ed erudizione letteraria alla corte degli Estensi (1520-1550)

Research Seminar
Durante la prima età moderna, il dialogo tra cultura architettonica e umanesimo si attua con forme e strumenti diversi. I letterati diventano interlocutori di architetti e committenti, li aiutano nella scelta dei modelli antichi, e ne guidano l'interpretazione dei testi classici. [more]

Tracing Courses, Training Sailors

Research Seminar
Early modern navigators flocked to classrooms in port cities — but what did they learn there that they could not pick up aboard ship, or from the many textbooks in circulation in the 17th and 18th centuries? [more]

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

Seminar 4. Between Digitisation and Creation: New Tools and Resources for the Study and Use of Images 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]

"La plus belle église": Recovering the lost church of Saint Francis in Candia (Heraklion, Crete)

Research Seminar
The Franciscan church in Heraklion was the city’s largest church and the most important mendicant foundation in the Eastern Mediterranean. Reconstructing this destroyed building can shed new light on the complex interweaving of Latin and Orthodox artistic traditions on Venetian Crete. [more]

Film Seminar "Milano/Napoli: un dialogo cinematografico tra due metropoli italiane"

1° Incontro: "Napoletani a Milano" (Eduardo De Filippo, 1953)
Napoli e Milano sono spesso considerati poli antitetici della rappresentazione dell’identità nazionale italiana. Come il cinema ha contribuito a cristallizzare una precisa "identità" di queste due realtà urbane? Quali specificità nella costruzione filmica della spazialità urbana si possono rilevare? Il presente ciclo di incontri è stato progettato per costruire una piattaforma di discussione pubblica dei risultati provvisori del progetto di ricerca incentrato sul rapporto tra spazio urbano e rappresentazione filmica. [more]

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]
Nella primavera del 2016 il Mudec (Museo delle Culture) di Milano ha ospitato il progetto espositivo Italiani sull’Oceano. Storie di artisti nel Brasile moderno e indigeno alla meta del ‘900. Frutto di un lavoro di ricerca di diversi anni e della collaborazione tra la cattedra di Storia dell’arte contemporanea del Dipartimento di Beni culturali e Ambientali dell’Università degli studi di Milano e il Mac Usp (Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo), la mostra - attraverso l’esposizione di dipinti, fotografie, oggetti di design e documenti provenienti da importanti musei e collezioni internazionali - aveva l’ambizione di mettere in luce l’attrazione per il Brasile, fonte di ispirazione per artisti ed intellettuali italiani. [more]
The Giallo film, ‘a violent and erotic type of murder mystery’ (Olney, 2013), appeared in Italy in the early 1960s and became known around the world for its oneiric narratives, its baroque mise-en-scène and its unsettling musical scores. Gialli were highly sensitive to the sociocultural context of Italy during the economic miracle, depicting in particular the effect of post-war modernization on the Italian city, and on individuals’ lived experience of urban space. [more]

Radical Futurisms: Insurgent Universality, Solidarity, and Worlds-to-Come

Research Seminar
The presentation by T. J. Demos addresses current artistic modelings of radical futurisms and worlds-to-come, where radical imagination meets radical praxis in the material forces of solidarity. This political form of collective belonging, more than ever necessary in the collective battle against international fascisms and global neoliberalisms, also involves a necessary act of dis-belonging to overcome the particularisms of essentialist identity. How can solidarity operate anew on that basis? [more]
On the occasion of the upcoming lecture by T. J. Demos on January 13, we will be screening the following works:– Black Quantum Futurism, Black Space Agency Training Video, 2019 (4 minutes) – Thirza Jean Cuthand, Reclamation, 2018 (11 minutes) – The Otolith Group, INFINITY minus Infinity, 2019 (56 minutes) The screenings will be followed by a discussion. [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"
  • Data: 10.12.2020
  • Ora: 18:15 - 19:30
  • Relatore: Piotr Kuroczyński
  • Luogo: Online via zoom
  • Contatto: 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]

Freedom of Movement, by Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani

Filmscreening
The Bibliotheca Hertziana is screening Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani’s Freedom of Movement, a short film exploring traces of the Fascist era in the urban fabric of Rome. A Q&A with the artists and the art historian Carmen Belmonte will follow. [more]
At the turn of the fourteenth century, eremitic life—typified by the third and fourth century saints known as the Desert Fathers—was presented as a spiritual ideal not only for mendicant friars but also for the laity who were encouraged to withdraw to their own "desert", any space where they could connect with God. Art historians have traditionally explored the significance of the Desert Fathers by examining wall and panel paintings, while illustrated copies of the tradition’s fundamental text have gone largely unremarked. [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]
Il colloquio, che vedrà la partecipazione di studiosi e giovani ricercatori provenienti da varie Università e Centri di Ricerca europei, sarà articolato in due giornate: la prima sarà aperta al pubblico - da remoto tramite streaming - e dedicata agli interventi dei rappresentanti delle istituzioni coinvolte nel progetto (Commissione per l’Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Pirro Ligorio, l’Archivio di Stato di Torino, la Biblioteca Hertziana, il Census), alla discussione su esperienze di Digital Humanities collegabili per metodi e finalità al progetto del "Ligorio digitale" e alla presentazione di alcune proposte di ricerca in relazione al nuovo strumento di ricerca. [more]

Michelangelo Antonioni and the Matter of Painting

Research Seminar
This talk explores the connections between Michelangelo Antonioni’s cinema and 1960s and 1970s painting. The intermediality of cinema and painting problematizes notions of purity in both arts. Why Antonioni’s cinema is often considered pure and abstract? [more]

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

Seminar 1. From the Analogue to the Digital: On The Changing Role of the Image in Collections and Research
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]
In its wealth of relics, Rome surpassed all other cities of the Roman Empire by far. Pope Damasus I (366-384), known as "cultor martyrum", initiated the cultivation of this heritage, a practice that was systematically renewed under Paschal I (817-824). Yet it did not take long for relics of foreign saints to be imported into Rome and integrated into the cult practice and sacred topography of the city. [more]

Machine Vision(s) : a Seventeen-Century Catoptric Device Reconsidered/Reconfigured

Research Seminar
In early modern Europe, it was not uncommon that mirrored devices were used to provide intense visual experiences. These practices were actually part of a scientific culture in which aesthetics played a fundamental role. Catoptric devices offered a wide range of optical illusions such as luxuriant gardens with topiaries and fountains, but also flying bodies, transformed faces and fire-spewing dragons or even alleys with splendid houses and palaces. [more]

Built Space as Enabler: Social and Affective Affordances

Research Seminar
Architecture’s fascination with the machinic dates to its very origins. The enquiry into the capacities of autonomous generation and the rendering of complex and often unpredictable aesthetic, tectonic, and spatial outcomes is engrained at the core of the architectural and urban disciplines. And nowadays, algorithmic prowess promises to revolution the generation of form. But to what aim? [more]

Pareidolia. Vie, piazze e monumenti di Roma

Open House with Artists & Round Table on the Occasion of the Exhibition Opening
Architect Sebastian Felix Ernst (Villa Massimo Fellow 2019-2020) and media artist Christian Losert develop Pareidolia, a research-based exhibition that critically engages with the legacy of renaissance proportions in architecture. [more]

"English Visitors" a Napoli e l'immaginario romantico britannico

Research Seminar
In che modo l’immaginazione poetica dei romantici ha rappresentato la realtà napoletana? Come la letteratura ha dato vita ad immagini testuali e visive della metropoli partenopea in un periodo cruciale per il passaggio verso la modernità quello tra Settecento e Ottocento? [more]

Sculpting Slippery Identities: Figured Ivories from Sierra Leone

Research Seminar
As trade relationships developed between sub-Saharan Africa and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, goods and people moved—some with consent, others seized or coerced—between continents in increasing numbers. In the contact zone of Sierra Leone, representations of the human body were spaces where the realities of cultural encounter could be creatively registered, digested, resisted, or distorted. [more]

Flotsam. Writing the History of Objects Travelling without Texts

Research Seminar
The celestial globe displays the sky, the silver dots indicate the stars, the engraved lines and inscriptions the constellations. The brass globe, made in Lahore and purchased by Henry Moser during his travels in Central Asia, has not received scholarly attention so far. It belongs to a group of astronomical instruments produced in South Asia, which gained popularity at the Mughal court since the mid-16th century. [more]
Much like the human body, to which it was often compared, the body of the Earth was made of a visible surface and an invisible core. This seminar explores the challenges of describing and investigating the invisible that lies under the surface, but also the powerful draw it exerted on naturalists living in (or travelling to) specific locations across Italy. [more]
In Fortführung des Workshops "Europabilder außerhalb Europas" (Rom, 17.–18. Juni 2019) fokussiert auch die Berliner Veranstaltung Außenperspektiven, die ein als veränderlich und relational verstandenes Europa notwendig herstellt. Eingeladen sind Vertreter*innen verschiedener Kunstgeschichten, der Kulturwissenschaft, der Ethnologie und der Archäologie. [more]

Il baco e la cimice. Immagini di animali negli erbari medievali (1300-1450)

Research Seminar
  • Il seminario si può seguire VIRTUALMENTE IN DIRETTA attraverso il nostro CANALE STREAMING.
  • Data: 23.06.2020
  • Ora: 11:00 - 13:00
  • Relatrice: Philine Helas
  • Contatto: tranchina@biblhertz.it
Non solo piante, ma anche minerali e altri prodotti sono trattati all’interno degli ‘erbari’ medievali per le loro proprietà terapeutiche: tra questi il vetro, il vino e l’olio, come pure alcune sostanze prodotte dagli animali o ricavate da essi. A fianco della farmacopea derivata dal De materia medica di Dioscoride, altri compendi, come il Circa instans o il Tractatus de Herbis, si diffondono a partire dal XIII secolo su influsso della Scuola medica salernitana. [more]
Barbara Schrödl, David Young Kim, and Amelia Saul will screen and discuss two films that articulate and develop art historical ideas: Carl Lamb’s 1936 "Raum im kreisenden Licht" and Kim and Saul’s new film “The Desert and the Lagoon.” [more]

Roma X secolo

Conferenza
Il X secolo romano è rimasto schiacciato dall’interesse suscitato, da un lato, dal periodo precedente – l’epoca carolingia – e, dall’altro, dalla successiva “età della Riforma”. Il Convegno ambisce a proporre uno studio globale sui monumenti e sulla produzione artistica della Roma di X secolo con un approccio fortemente interdisciplinare. [more]

İSTANBUL SURLARI – The Land Walls of Istanbul

Workshop
The Land Walls of Constantinople, built by emperor Theodosius II at the beginning of the fifth century, are – with the Aurelian Walls of Rome – the largest preserved city walls of antiquity. For centuries they protected the capital of the Byzantine, and then the Ottoman Empire, from external attacks. [more]

Exhibition and Vernissage: İSTANBUL SURLARI – The Land Walls of Istanbul

Exhibition & Vernissage
The Land Walls of Constantinople, built by emperor Theodosius II at the beginning of the fifth century, are – with the Aurelian Walls of Rome – the largest preserved city walls of antiquity. For centuries they protected the capital of the Byzantine, and then the Ottoman Empire, from external attacks. Although they are the most impressive surviving work of late Roman military architecture, the tourist crowds in modern Istanbul rarely visit this extraordinary monument. [more]
In this talk, I explore essential differences between medieval and modern ideas about acts of creation, obscuring our retrospective view upon the medieval artist, his or her work, and his or her self-understanding. I analyze forms of artistic self-representation in illuminations of Genesis and of the creation of the cosmos according to writings by antique and medieval natural philosophers. [more]

San Paolo fuori le mura and Roman Historicism in the 1830s

Research Seminar
The 19th-century reconstruction of San Paolo fuori le mura is often taken as proof that contemporary Roman culture was backwards-looking and unmodern. A closer look, however, suggests that this easy caricature needs revising. [more]
Leonardo da Vinci never wrote the book of ponderazione, but his evocation reminds us of how important the question of balance and weight in Italian Renaissance art has been: a physical paradigm intermingled with the better-known geometrical one. [more]

Forum Kunstgeschichte Italiens 2020

Tagung
Unter dem Obertitel „Mobilität: Personen, Objekte, Ideen“ sind vom 9.–11.3.2020 Italienforscher und -forscherinnen, interessierte Studierende und Gasthörer an das Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg eingeladen, um sich über aktuelle Forschungsfragen auszutauschen. [more]

Geografie della migrazione VI: Fuocoammare (Gianfranco Rosi, 2016)

Ciclo di Film Seminar
Geografie della migrazione. Luoghi dell’immaginario e spazio sociale nel cinema italiano [more]
In a time in which politics are under the siege of strong Schmittean dichotomies, the boundaries between "us" and "them" – the "national community" and the "enemy" –, are once more emphasized through the radicalisation of political "lexical arsenals". The Italian and German cases are particularly clear examples of the triumph of this "populist Zeitgeist". [more]
Il pomeriggio di studio è dedicato alla produzione del fotografo Paul Lindner (1845-1923) attivo a Roma per 25 anni, fino al 1914. Il suo 'Atelier' si trovava nel giardino dell'Istituto Archeologico Germanico sul Colle Capitolino. Il suo Opus, sparso tra varie istituzioni culturali a Roma (DAI, Bibliotheca Hertziana, ICCD), è stato individuato e viene qui per la prima volta presentato. [more]
What happens when language is not the means of communication but the topic of discussion? How can language be visualized so that we can talk about it? The Latin alphabet can be used of course as well as Greek, Hebrew, Arabic and Oriental characters. [more]
The violent transformation of landscapes with its related political and environmental conflicts is characterized by a historical oblivion that has been contested by art interventions that bring up and experiment with the motives and media of fluidities. [more]
Der Workshop findet im Rahmen des Editionsprojekts Heinrich Wölfflin – Gesammelte Werke statt und betrifft die Bände Die Kunst Albrecht Dürers (1905) und Italien und das deutsche Formgefühl (1931). [more]
Geografie della migrazione. Luoghi dell’immaginario e spazio sociale nel cinema italiano [more]

Heinrich Wölfflin in the Hispanic World

Spring Term Opening Lecture
The lecture explores the reception of Kunstwissenschaft in Spain and Latin America and, more specifically, the fundamental impact of Heinrich Wölfflin's "Principles of Art History", published in 1915. This is to show how terms and methods of our discipline have been adopted, appropriated and transformed for constructing political, national and ethnic identities and to reflect on the issues of a global art history. [more]
Les Plages d’Agnès (2008) is Angès Varda's first genuinely autobiographical film. This talk will be focusing on Varda's means of reshaping canonic modes of self-representation such as autobiography, self-portrait or autofiction. [more]
As microscopes were perfected during the 17th century, many overlooked natural objects were suddenly seen with a new eye. One of these was the poppy seed. Between 1663 and 1682, three images of poppy seeds were published as the result of the microscopic observations of Henry Power, Robert Hooke and Nehemiah Grew. [more]
Das Kunsthistorische Museum Wien und die Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte laden im Rahmen der Ausstellung Caravaggio & Bernini zu einem Vortrag und anschließender Buchpräsentation mit Lesung ein. [more]
Geografie della migrazione. Luoghi dell’immaginario e spazio sociale nel cinema italiano [more]

Epistemic Imagery and their Functions: the Case of Diagrams

Research Seminar
An 'epistemic image' may be defined as an image that was crafted so as to help us understand something. But how is it possible that an image teaches us something that words cannot teach us? This lecture will start with the issue of the category of the epistemic image, and notably the question of the interaction of text and image when these are produced together, as happens in philosophical or scientific texts. The diagram – one of the most basic and visually least appealing 'epistemic images' – will serve as our case study. [more]

"A Tale of Two Practices. Literary Studies between Hermeneutics and Quantification"

Research Seminar
Franco Moretti, pioneer of Distant Reading and "great iconoclast of literary criticism" (John Sutherland, Guardian), will present ongoing research regarding the nature of the relationship between hermeneutic and computational approaches to literary studies. [more]
Geografie della migrazione. Luoghi dell'immaginario e spazio sociale nel cinema italiano [more]
Between the 16th and 17th centuries, in a turning-towards-Baroque Rome, the relationship between natural knowledge, artistic production, and handcraft was shaped as a resource to cope with the Papal claim to universality. [more]
Representing the Cerro Rico of Potosí, "gleaming with veins of gold and silver," Rubens's Arch of the Mint was one of the visually most striking structures of the Blijde Inkomst of 1635. [more]

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

Conference
Nello sviluppo storico del cantiere cinquecentesco architettura e decorazione costituiscono un imprescindibile binomio, due aspetti complementari non soltanto dal punto di vista materiale. A Roma nel corso del XVI secolo tale interazione diventa dominante e assume caratteri nuovi: la pluralità di competenze, prevista fin dalle prime fasi progettuali, e la collaborazione tra i diversi artefici, la coesistenza di tradizioni tecniche e stilistiche di diversa provenienza geografica e una nuova organizzazione del lavoro, rendono il cantiere lo scenario principe nel quale misurare prima l'emergere, poi l'affermarsi, infine il declinare di nuovi linguaggi lungo il XVI secolo. [more]
This seminar casts light on the discussions and practices of, in, and around the materiality and aesthetics of stone sculpture, which were carried out in Nicola Pisano’s workshop in the 1260s and 1270s. [more]
The questions of ruins and their images oscillate in the history of art between the vanitative interpretations related to the early modern period and the aesthetic categories of romanticism, while for the cultural studies the theoretical reflection on the ambiguities of memory and oblivion stands in the foreground. The conference goes beyond this topic range and raises questions about the importance of a ruin as an anachronistic symbol, a visual indicator of historical difference, and a critical touchstone of modernity. [more]
Since the central Middle Ages, the Mediterranean area and Europe have seen a steady increase of highly specialized objects produced in large quantities, involving a variety of materials, techniques, ornaments, images, and functions, the very first of which was to be sold. [more]
The conference will be an occasion to present my methodological approach of the visual culture of laughter during the Early Modern period, by focusing on the category of comic paintings that I did not analyze in La Peinture facétieuse (2016). [more]
From the mid-seventeenth century, lunar maps or selenographies, became a new visual genre in the European print culture. They were used to promote technology and astronomical practices, to illustrate natural philosophical discourses, and as elaborate gifts for patrons. [more]
Geografie della migrazione. Luoghi dell’immaginario e spazio sociale nel cinema italiano [more]
According to historian Lucien Lefebvre in the field of history, anachronism is "the worst of all sins." It mixes up different periods where serious historical thinkers should place historical documents in their correct chronological context. But (how) is it possible to avoid overlaps of present and past? And is it desirable at all to forget one’s own interests and perspectives? [more]
Il Museo d'Arte Contemporanea dell'Università di San Paolo del Brasile (MAC USP) possiede la più significativa collezione d'arte italiana del primo '900 fuori Italia, che però rimaneva sconosciuta, sia dalla storiografia dell'arte brasiliana, che dell'italiana. [more]
Although Bernini's self-esteem and wit are well documented, they are rarely pointed out in academic studies of his works. One of his major artistic achievements, the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona (1648–1651), is generally seen as a flamboyant homage to Pope Innocent X Pamphili and his papacy. [more]
La conferenza sarà articolata sulla sovrapposizione disciplinare della Storia, del Restauro e di quella relativa all'aspetto del calcolo strutturale. [more]
This field seminar complements the research seminar presented by Livia Lupi, The Agency of Architectural Settings – Invention, Time and Place in Fra Angelico's Nicholas V Chapel , addressing mainly doctoral and postdoctoral fellows. The debate will focus on Lupi's studies on the role of architecture in the fresco cycle by Fra Angelico. An on-site analysis of the chapel, which is normally closed to the public, will offer an opportunity to better understand Fra Angelico's use of the space and the way he integrated his fictive architectural structures within it. It will also clarify the chapel's position within the papal apartments, opening discussion about accessibility and function. [more]
Renaissance artists made extensive use of architecture in their work. By creating striking compositions and highlighting structural and ornamental features, they demonstrated their architectural knowledge and originality. In spite of this, two-dimensional buildings have often been interpreted in purely spatial terms, or as lesser counterparts of built structures - an approach that prevents us from recognising the communicative potential of architectural settings. [more]
During the 19th century, Rome rose as a unique international centre for research within the humanities. Classical studies, history and art history played a prominent role within this process. Rome was regarded as the hub of Western civilization with a bountiful historical and cultural heritage. It developed into a central location for the storage, transmission and presentation of knowledge and culture. [more]
The lecture will explore several aspects of the concept of Energy in medieval Christianity. [more]
Manifestations of prehistoric visual art are preserved across the globe. Prehistoric sites have been part of the imaginary of cultural communities on all continents. This heritage generates an awareness of a shared humanity and our creative faculties. Understanding and safeguarding rock art requires the collaborative effort of cultural communities, archaeologists, conservation specialists, ethnographers, anthropologists, linguists, art historians and artists. [more]
In the period between Galileo and Newton, astronomical handbooks and works searched constantly for data and proofs to understand and establish the correct world-system. The struggle was essentially between the heliocentric and geo-heliocentric cosmological models. [more]
Nell'ambito della Settimana tedesca l'istituto apre le sue porte al pubblico offrendo visite guidate degli edifici dell'istituto. [more]
Nel 1915 l'ultimo ambasciatore tedesco lasciò la splendida sede di rappresentanza tedesca a Palazzo Caffarelli sul Campidoglio. Così, dopo un secolo, si concluse una storica presenza diplomatica e culturale prussiana in questo luogo simbolico, che oggi è quasi completamente dimenticata. [more]
Nella prima età moderna Roma vantava una fortissima presenza di stranieri da tutto il mondo. Ne danno testimonianza le numerose cosiddette chiese nazionali, fondate da gruppi di persone provenienti da un comune territorio di origine con lo scopo di offrirsi reciproco aiuto. Questi edifici esprimevano l’identità nazionale della comunità di appartenenza tramite le loro decorazioni e architetture. [more]
Il perduto ciclo decorativo che il cardinale Alfonso Gesualdo (1540-1603) commissionò a Giovanni Balducci (1560-post 1631) per ridisegnare la tribuna della cattedrale di Napoli non coincise solamente con l’impresa più ambiziosa a cui, in tutto il Viceregno, si era dato corso per celebrare come si conveniva il giubileo indetto da Clemente VIII per il 1600; né, tantomeno, rappresentò semplicemente uno dei testi figurativi più innovativi che potessero ammirarsi a sud di Roma subito dopo l’inizio del XVII secolo. [more]
La Settimana tedesca si apre con un grande evento al museo MAXXI di Roma con letture, presentazioni, film, musica, cibo, laboratori per bambini e tanto altro. [more]
Partendo dal film a episodi "L'amore in città" del 1953 la conferenza tratta della (de)costruzione cinematografica dello spazio sociale della città. [more]
Recent scholarship has increasingly emphasised Titian's ability to allure the viewer into his paintings through the tactile effects of sensuous colouring. In contrast, little attention has been paid to other strategies pursued by the Venetian artist to connect with the spectator, for instance by using pictorial devices that test the possibilities of painting to simulate a three-dimensional space on a bi-dimensional surface. [more]
Beginning in the early 20th century, colour illustrations of artworks found their way into popular books. While this practice gradually expanded, many art historians rejected colour reproductions until the end of the 1960s. [more]
Als eines der traditionsreichsten und umfänglichsten Spezialmuseen für Kunst auf Papier besitzt das Dresdner Kupferstich-Kabinett eine weitgefächerte Sammlung italienischer Zeichnungen der Hoch- und Spätrenaissance. Diese bedeutende Bestandsgruppe von rund 500 Einzelblättern und 600 Darstellungen in gebundenen Werken wird gegenwärtig wissenschaftlich katalogisiert. [more]

"Visualizing Science in Media Revolutions"

Launch of Max Planck Research Group
The programme foresees a discussion of the current state of visual studies in the history of knowledge and the role the new research group based at the Bibliotheca Hertziana can play in advancing it. [more]
Geografie della migrazione. Luoghi dell’immaginario e spazio sociale nel cinema italiano [more]
The reassertion of space as the gravitational centre of cultural enquiry and the consequent recognition of the constructed nature of spatial imaginaries, has contributed to the intensification of a real "cartographic turn" in the human and social sciences. [more]
La più antica fondazione irlandese di Roma, il Collegio di Sant'Isidoro, sorse nel 1625 sulle pendici del Pincio. Il suo fondatore Luke Wadding, frate dell'Ordine dei francescani minori, fu un brillante teologo e storico, ma si distinse anche per le sue abilità diplomatiche. [more]

Arte e identità nel Collegio di Sant'Isidoro degli Irlandesi

Field Seminar
Concepito nell'ambito del progetto di ricerca Roma communis patria. Le chiese nazionali a Roma tra medioevo ed età moderna, questo Field Seminar è rivolto prevalentemente a dottorandi e postdoc. Alla base del dibattito saranno nuovi studi sui rapporti tra arte e identità nel Collegio di Sant'Isidoro degli Irlandesi. [more]
Thinkers such as Gaston Bachelard, Henri Lefebvre, and Joanne Hollows, among others, reflect on the personal and social meanings of the home. Demonstrating the relevance of domestic cultures to both lived experience and academic discourse, they argue that the home— and the interactions with and within it— contributes to shape our identity. [more]
In occasione della prima edizione della serie "MOSTRE IN MOSTRA – Roma contemporanea dagli anni Cinquanta ai Duemila / 1. Titina Maselli, Giulio Paolini, Luciano Fabro, Carlo Maria Mariani, Jan Vercruysse, Myriam Laplante" il Palazzo delle Esposizioni ospita una giornata di studi ideata e organizzata in collaborazione con la Bibliotheca Hertziana – Istituto Max Planck per la storia dell'arte e dedicata all'attuale tendenza della ricostruzione di mostre d'arte. [more]

Mostre in mostra

Field Seminar
Negli ultimi anni si sono intensificate le mostre che scelgono come loro cardine il momento espositivo, ossia quel momento in cui l'opera d'arte, secondo le consuetudini consolidate nel corso del secolo scorso, diventa cosa pubblica. Il Palazzo delle Esposizioni si misura con questa prassi inaugurando il progetto intitolato "Mostre in mostra". [more]

Europabilder außerhalb Europas

Workshop
Anknüpfend an die Thesen zweier von der kunsthistorischen Forschung bislang weitgehend ignorierter Texte – Europerien auf China-Porzellan von Bruno Kisch und The Savage Hits Back von Julius Lips, beide 1937 erschienen – fokussiert der Workshop auf Außenperspektiven, die ein als veränderlich, vor allem aber als relational verstandenes Europa notwendig erzeugt. [more]
April 1966: For his first solo museum exhibition and American solo debut, Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto exhibited his collaged, highly polished, steel quadri specchianti (mirror paintings) at the Walker Art Center. [more]
When Carla Lonzi published Autoritratto (Self-Portrait) in 1969, it marked the self-imposed end of a career that had spanned a little over ten years. As is well known, the book collects much of Lonzi's art-critical output of this period, collating dozens of recorded interviews with a roll call of artists. [more]
In recent decades there has been a notable revival of scholarly discourse on the baroque. The term "baroque" emerged in the mid-eighteenth century as a pejorative designation for the dominant style of European art produced from c. 1600 to c. 1750. [more]
The advent of printing has long been derided as enabling individuals with little capacity for invention to design buildings by means of copying. For some theorists, this seemingly unimaginative replication of mechanically reproduced images heralded the rise of a banal formalism. [more]
Lo scopo principale dell'intervento sarà presentare una serie di produzioni iconografiche relative alla rappresentazione del mondo naturale, eseguite da diversi gruppi di tlaquiloque (scribi/artisti indigeni) attivi nella Nuova Spagna fra gli anni Cinquanta e Ottanta del Cinquecento. [more]
This lecture is based on the ongoing research and exhibition project on the legacy of French actress, video maker and activist Delphine Seyrig. Mostly known as one of the leading actresses of 1960s–1970s French cinema, during the 1970s Seyrig became a media and a feminist activist working collaboratively within the framework of the women's liberation movement. [more]

Arctic Ink

Research Seminar
When a mysterious cache of sixteenth-century Netherlandish engravings was discovered in the Arctic circle in the nineteenth century, many questions arose. [more]
IX. Studientag der Reihe "Grand Tour del Terzo Millennio" GRAND TOUR DEL TERZO MILLENNIOIX Edizione del convegno di studi internazionaleIl "Grand Tour del Terzo Millennio" consiste in un convegno di studi teso a promuovere il dialogo tra le istituzioni culturali italiane e straniere presenti a Roma. Quest'anno l'evento sarà a cura del Rome Art History Network e tema di discussione sarà il lascito del "Grand Tour" sotto il profilo delle arti figurative e dell'architettura. [more]

Tra memoria e oblio: le arti contemporanee e i fascismi europei

Conference
  • Inizio: 08.04.2019
  • Fine: 09.04.2019
Le conseguenze storiche del fascismo hanno avuto un ruolo importante nella formazione del progetto politico europeo. La memoria del fascismo ha avuto un impatto talvolta violento, talvolta più sottile e complesso, tanto sulla vita quotidiana dei cittadini europei quanto sull'elaborazione intellettuale. Interrogare la storia è stato per molti artisti un modo per affrontare la memoria del passato traumatico sia nei termini di un confronto sporadico, sia facendo di quell'interrogativo l'oggetto centrale del loro lavoro. [more]
"Unsre leibliche Organisation ist die Form, unter der wir alles Körperliche auffassen": Mit dieser Formel charakterisierte Heinrich Wölfflin in seiner Dissertation die organische Analogie, die seiner Herangehensweise an das Studium architektonischer Stile zu Grunde liegt. Eine Analogie, die eine ganz neue Aktualität gewonnen hat angesichts des sich gegenwärtig vollziehenden Paradigmenwechsels in der Forschung zum Verhältnis von Körper und Kognition. [more]
The workshop aims to analyze and discuss various categories of texts related or linkable to sacred, ritual and liturgical spaces in the Middle Ages, with a geographical focus on Southern Italy. [more]
The firmly institutionalized model of historical interpretation "ancient – medieval – modern" is a child of the so-called secularization paradigm and the classic case of a Eurocentric corset. The current work on new, post-Eurocentric concepts of Latin-European history is a paradigm shift that shakes historical scholarship in its foundations. [more]
Histories of Photography have been written almost as long as photographic pictures exist: Daguerre's manual from 1839 and the first chapter of Talbot's The Pencil of Nature, penned in 1844, are the earliest examples of such an interest in media history. These narratives are shaped according to ongoing improvements of apparatuses and techniques that have been developed by (male) inventors. [more]

"Guttuso, 'Guernica', Gramsci"

Research Seminar
From 1940, the year he joined the underground Communist Party, until 1943, the year of Mussolini's fall, the Communist artist Renato Guttuso carried a postcard reproduction of Picasso's Guernica in his wallet, describing it as 'the ideal membership card of the ideal party'. [more]
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