Art in Times of War and Peace: Legacies of Early Modern Loot and Repair

  • Start: May 8, 2024 09:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • End: May 10, 2024 06:00 PM
  • Speaker: Conference
  • Location: Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rome
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Art in Times of War and Peace: Legacies of Early Modern Loot and Repair
A category of objects that exists entirely as a function of violence, the term ‘loot’ describes a relationship of possession, if not more specifically of dispossession. Neither an historically nor materially specific typology of artifacts, loot is instead primarily a legal category that cuts across place and time. And while it is also not an art-historical classification, it is one with which the discipline of art history must constantly contend, given its repercussions for what is accessible, where, and in what condition.

This international, interdisciplinary conference will address the ways in which conflict and its resolution have historically moved, modified, and reclassified art objects in the long early modern period.

Participants will present on the material, ethical, legal, political, and narrative implications of the claiming and reclaiming of objects in times of war and peace, as well as the ongoing resonance of these issues today, particularly for institutions that are their present-day repositories.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Ananda Cohen-Aponte (Cornell University) and Erin Thompson (CUNY).

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