Marble. Connections and Refractions


  • Participation possible on site or/and via zoom. Further details will be announced shortly.
  • Start: Sep 16, 2021 18:00
  • End: Sep 18, 2021 18:00
  • Speaker: Workshop
  • Location: Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom
Marble. Connections and Refractions
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.

Forever associated – at least from a western perspective – with the influential cultures of Greece and Rome, marble evokes, first and foremost, magnificence. And yet, the ways in which it has been employed, between sculpture, architecture, ornament and applied arts, has been extremely varied. This workshop, promoted by the recently established network NeReMa - International Network for Research on Marble and Decorative Stones - will address, among others, questions such as the following: How have socio-cultural, epistemological or technical conditions transformed the uses and meanings of marble? In what ways may the choice for marble affect the perception of an artwork? And at what moments in history did marble transcend its own materiality, suggesting new aesthetic outlooks?

Thursday, 16.09.2021, 18:00
Marble and Marbling: Pattern, Material, Process
Key-note lecture, open to the public, by Dario Gamboni, Université de Genève

Dario Gamboni is Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of Geneva. He was a Fellow at many institutions including the American Academy in Rome. He has written extensively on the visual arts, treating among other topics iconoclasm, visual ambiguity, and the display of art. His latest publications are The Museum as Experience: An Email Odyssey through Artists’ and Collectors’ Museums (2020), and, co-edited with Gerhard Wolf and Jessica N. Richardson, The Aesthetics of Marble: From Late Antiquity to the Present (2021).

For the workshop, space is limited and participation is by registration only. If you are interested and you would like to join us, please send us an e-mail at:

Buket Altinoba, LMU München
Christine Casey, University of Dublin
Grégoire Extermann, Universidad de Sevilla
Anna Frasca-Rath, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Joris van Gastel, Universität Zürich
Pascal Julien, Université de Toulouse
Marthe Kretzschmar, Universität Wien/Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris
Greg Sullivan, York University/St Paul's Cathedral
Ariane Varela Braga, Universität Zürich
Iris Wenderholm, Universität Hamburg

Sante Guido, Università di Roma Tre
Ruggero Longo, Bibliotheca Hertziana/ Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca
Cigdem Ӧzel, Bibliotheca Hertziana
Lucia Simonato, Scuola Normale di Pisa
Amalie Skovmøller, Københavns Universitet
Steffen Zierholz, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Scientific Organization
Concept: Ariane Varela Braga, Universität Zürich; Joris van Gastel, Universität Zürich
Organizing committee: Grégoire Extermann, Universidad de Sevilla; Anna Frasca-Rath, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg; Joris van Gastel, Universität Zürich; Marthe Kretzschmar, Universität Wien/Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris; Ariane Varela Braga, Universität Zürich

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