Orlando furioso 500 anni

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EXHIBIITION: Orlando furioso 500 anni. Cosa vedeva Ariosto quando chiudeva gli occhi, Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti, 24 settembre 2016 – 8 gennaio 2017. Mostra a cura di Guido Beltramini e Adolfo Tura.

Cosa vedeva Ludovico Ariosto quando chiudeva gli occhi? Quali immagini affollavano la sua mente mentre componeva il poema che ha segnato il Rinascimento italiano? Quali opere d’arte furono le muse del suo immaginario? A queste domande vuole dare una risposta la mostra organizzata dalla Fondazione Ferrara Arte per celebrare i cinquecento anni della prima edizione dell’Orlando furioso.

Concepito nella Ferrara estense e stampato in città nel 1516, il poema è uno dei capolavori assoluti della letteratura occidentale che da subito parlò al cuore dei lettori italiani ed europei. Più che una ricostruzione documentaria, l’esposizione sarà una importante rassegna d’arte vera e propria: una straordinaria narrazione per immagini che condurrà il visitatore in un viaggio appassionante nell’universo ariostesco, tra battaglie e tornei, cavalieri e amori, desideri e incantesimi.

I capolavori dei più grandi artisti del periodo – da Mantegna a Leonardo, da Raffaello a Michelangelo e Tiziano – oltre a sculture antiche e rinascimentali, incisioni, arazzi, armi, libri e manufatti di straordinaria bellezza e preziosità, faranno rivivere il fantastico mondo cavalleresco del Furioso e dei suoi paladini, offrendo al contempo un suggestivo spaccato della Ferrara in cui fu concepito il libro e raccontando sogni, desideri e fantasie di quella società delle corti italiane del Rinascimento di cui Ariosto fu cantore sensibilissimo.

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Color Printing & the Global Eighteenth Century

CALL FOR PAPERS – Session: Color Printing and the Global Eighteenth Century, Conference: Bibliography Among the Disciplines,  Philadelphia, 12 – 15 October 2017. Working group organizers: Marie-Stephanie Delamaire (Winterthur Museum) & Jeannie Kenmotsu (Royal Ontario Museum).

Bibliography Among the Disciplines, a four-day international conference, will bring together scholarly professionals poised to address current problems pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, professional, and curatorial domains. The conference will explore theories and methods common to the object-oriented disciplines, such as anthropology and archaeology, but new to bibliography. The program aims to promote focused cross-disciplinary exchange and future scholarly collaborations.

The long eighteenth century was a period of major breakthroughs in the domain of color printing in several parts of the world. In Asia and Europe, various relief and intaglio techniques were adapted to full color printing and achieved widespread uses in the visual arts.

Multiple-block color printing techniques were explored in seventeenth-century Chinese painting manuals; these relief techniques were later seen in Japanese sheet prints and illustrated books on a far greater scale in the eighteenth century, from the poetry anthologies illustrated by Katsuma Ryūsui to Suzuki Harunobu’s vividly colored “brocade pictures”.

Printing à la poupée was practiced in the Low Countries, Italy, Britain, and France among others for decorative printing as well as lavishly illustrated botanical and ornithological volumes such as those of Pierre-Joseph Redouté. Jacob Christoph Le Blon and his successors experimented with multiple-plate intaglio printing, and produced color prints in collaboration with leading artists.

Although scholars have increasingly studied eighteenth-century knowledge of the properties, meanings, and uses of colors, the materials and practices involved in the production and reception of color-printed images have received comparatively less attention. This project will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines and fields (printing history, book history, critical bibliography, history of art, history of technology, etc.) to explore the proliferation of color-printed images in the long eighteenth century.

How do we understand the emergence of widespread color-printing practices across the globe approximately at the same time? What were the economic, social, or political factors that facilitated color printing as a major medium for visual creation? What were the taxonomic, semantic, and aesthetic consequences of printing in color as opposed to hand painting in color?

We encourage submissions that engage with the specific material practices of color-printed images that emerged in Europe and Asia between the second half of the seventeenth century up to the early nineteenth century, while reflecting on the broader questions they raise with regards to our knowledge of the period and the validity of current approaches.

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:
* the production and consumption of color-printed images;
* color printing as a mode of cultural exchange;
* the materiality of color printmaking and the production of knowledge (including, but not limited to, spheres of natural history, the fine arts, mapmaking, color theory, and connoisseurship etc.);
* book illustration versus sheet prints;
* the relationship between printing in color and painting;
* conservation issues particular to color-printed works as they relate to methods and approaches to historical inquiry;
* changes in disciplinary perspectives concerning color printing and the eighteen century.

Proposal should include a brief 2-page CV and a statement of interest of no more than 500 words, outlining your relevant research, what you hope to contribute toward the group, and what you hope to take away from it (including potential project ideas you hope the group may pursue).

Deadline: 25 October 2016.

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Il commercio degli stracci da carta

ARTICLE: Augusto Ciuffetti, Il commercio degli stracci da carta nello Stato pontificio nei secoli XVIII e XIX tra politiche economiche e pratiche mercantili, “Mélanges de l’Ecole française de Rome. Italie et Méditerranée moderne set contemporaines” (MEFRIM), 127-1, 2015, pp. 109-120.

Abstract

In questo saggio si affronta il tema del rapporto tra Stato e mercato negli ultimi secoli dell’età moderna. Il ruolo delle istituzioni e gli obiettivi del mercantilismo sono studiati in riferimento al settore della carta e della sua materia prima, cioè gli stracci, in un’area ben delimitata, costituita dallo Stato pontificio. Per garantire alle cartiere un regolare approvvigionamento di stracci e per limitare la loro esportazione e il contrabbando, tra Settecento e Ottocento le autorità pontificie cercano di varare numerosi progetti di riforma, ma senza ottenere dei risultati concreti. Tale esito si deve anche al particolare atteggiamento dei mercanti, costantemente impegnati a difendere i loro interessi.

Contact: a.ciuffetti@univpm.it

Beyond Words (Catalogue)

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CATALOGUE - Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections, Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Lisa Fagin Davis, Anne-Marie Eze, Nancy Netzer & William P. Stoneman, eds, Boston 2016 (McMullen Museum of Art).

The catalog Beyond Words features illuminated manuscripts from nineteen Boston-area institutions, this catalog provides a sweeping overview of the history of the book in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as a guide to its production, illumination, functions, and readership.

Entries by eighty-five internationalexperts document, discuss, and reproduce more than two hundred and sixty manuscripts and early printed books, many of them little known before now. Beyond Words also explores the history of collecting such books in Boston, an uncharted chapter in the history of American taste.

Of broad appeal to scholars and amateur enthusiasts alike, this catalog documents one of the most ambitious exhibitions of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts ever to take place in North America.

Major support for the publication of the catalog was provided by Daniel and Joanna S. Rose with additional support from the Rose Marrow Fund.

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Manuscripts on My Mind no. 19

NEWS: Manuscripts on My Mind no. 19.

Dear Colleagues and Manuscript Lovers,

I am pleased to finally announce that the high-resolution version of the September 2016 issue of Manuscripts on My Mind, no. 19, is now available on our website. A little late for the month; so late that I apologize for eliminating posts whose deadlines were superceded or which had already closed.

Yours in manuscript studies,
Susan L’Engle

Il Lateranense IV. Le ragioni di un Concilio

CONFERENCE: Il Lateranense IV. Le ragioni di un Concilio, 53 Convegno Storico Internazionale, Centro Italiano di Studi sul Basso Medioevo – Accademia Tudertina, Todi, 9 – 12 ottobre 2016.

PROGRAMMA

9 ottobre 2016
* Enrico Artifoni (Università di Torino), La costruzione del Lateranense IV come oggetto storiografico
* Nicole Bériou (Université Lumière Lyon 2), Au commencement il y eut Paris: de l’enseignement de Pierre le Chantre aux canons du Concile de Latran IV
* Werner Maleczek (Universität Wien), La lettera di convocazione «Vineam Domini»
* Marco Bartoli (Università LUMSA Roma), Liturgia ed ecclesiologia: la consacrazione di S. Maria in Trastevere alla vigilia del Lateranense IV.

* Marco Rainini (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano), «Firmiter credimus»: premesse teologiche e obiettivi polemici della costituzione I
* Marina Falla Castelfranchi (Università del Salento), Rappresentare la Trinità a Bisanzio
* Maria Rosaria Marchionibus (Università “Suor Orsola Benincasa”, Napoli), L’iconografia trinitaria nell’Occidente medievale
* Martina Wehrli-Johns, Zürich), Dalle Summe de poenitentia alla cost. 21.

* Milvia Bollati (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano), Testi e immagini della letteratura penitenziale prima e dopo il IV Concilio Lateranense
* Jochen Johrendt (Bergische Universität Wuppertal), «Nulla salus extra ecclesiam». Innocenzo III e la Chiesa come istanza mediatrice di salvezza
* Pietro Silanos (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano), Prodromi conciliari: l’ecclesiologia parigina e la riforma del clero
* Riccardo Parmeggiani (Università di Bologna), La costituzione «Excom- municamus» (c. 3) alla confluenza di riflessione ecclesiologica e prassi antiereticale.

10 ottobre 2016
* Marco Meschini (Università della Svizzera italiana), «Governare il mondo con bon dreit»: Innocenzo III, il IV Concilio Lateranense e la crociata albigese
* Julien Théry-Astruc (Université Lumière Lyon 2), «Qualiter et quando» (c. 8): l’institution de l’inquisitio comme mode procédural (modum inquisitionis)
* Giacomo Todeschini (Università di Trieste), Gli Ebrei e l’antigiudaismo nei canoni del quarto Concilio Lateranense: una ricapitolazione o un inizio?
* Mauro Ronzani (Università di Pisa), «Ecclesiastica libertas»: dal Lateranense III al Lateranense IV.

* Paolo Grillo (Università di Milano), I comuni, l’Impero, il Concilio
* Gert Melville (FOVOG – Technische Universität Dresden), Il modello della vita regolare secondo il Concilio: i Cistercensi.

* Guido Cariboni (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Brescia), «Multa [sunt] tractanda quae ad statum vestri ordinis pertinebunt». I regolari al Concilio
* Étienne Doublier (Bergische Universität Wuppertal), «Claues ecclesie contempnuntur et penitentialis satisfactio eneruatur». La diffusione della prassi indulgenziale e le costituzioni 60 e 62 del IV Concilio Lateranense.

12 ottobre 2016
* Mario Conetti (Università dell’Insubria), Il potere dispensativo del papa
* Agostino Paravicini Bagliani (SISMEL Firenze), Innocenzo III, la ritualità e il primato di Pietro.

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Manuscripts for Church & Cloister

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EXHIBITION: Manuscripts for Church & Cloister, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Boston, 12 September – 10 December 2016.

Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections is a three-venue collaborative exhibition (here), held jointly at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Italian Renaissance Books) and the McMullen Museum of Art (Manuscripts for Pleasure & Piety).

For Houghton Library’s portion of the exhibit, the emphasis is on the centrality of books to monastic life. Male and female monasticism revolved around religion, but at its heart was a cult of the book: not just the bible, all books. Monastic scriptoria guaranteed the survival and transmission of classical literature and learning. Reverence felt for texts and their authors is manifest in the beauty of the books that were crafted in monasteries and convents. Manuscripts on display at the Houghton Library highlight the scriptorium as both a space for the production of manuscripts and the human collective that produced them.

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43rd Saint Louis Conference on MS Studies

CONFERENCE: 43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, Saint Louis University, 14 – 15 October 2016.

PROGRAM

14 October 2016
Anheuser-Busch Auditorium of the John Cook School of Business
Session I – All Things Visible and Invisible: Illuminating Working Practices in Manuscript Making
Organizer: Maria R. Grasso (Independent Scholar)
• Maria R. Grasso (Independent Scholar), Evidence of Contemporary Alterations to a Twelfth Century Manuscript from the Abbey of Saint Amand
• Francesca Demarchi (Independent scholar), From Theory to Practice: Eleventh-Century Recipes from North Italy.

Session II – Creating Memory, Creating Identity
Organizer: Susanne Hafner (Fordham University)
• Alexander Profaci (Johns Hopkins University), Remembering Miracles: History, Memory, and Identity in Beinecke MS 598
• David Pedersen (Fordham University), A Sacred Birthright: Remembering Historia Regum Brittaniae in Plimpton MS 266
• Tatum Tullis (Fordham University), The Political Importance of Noble Genealogies: The Boteler Family and NYPL Spencer 193.

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Session III – Pages with Extended Pedigree: Second-Hand Manuscripts and Their Owners
Organizer: Kate Dimitrova (School of Art & Design, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University)
• Kate Dimitrova (School of Art & Design, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University), Parchment, Politics, and Fame: The Captivating Provenance of the Girona Bible
• Cristina Politano (University of California, Los Angeles), Ms. Ludwig XI 8: Inquiry into the Patronage of The Invention and Translation of the Body of Saint Anthony
• Barbara Beall-Fofana (Assumption College), Divergent Historical Trajectories: A Tribute On the 1300th Anniversary of Ceolfrith’s Journey to Rome Carrying One of the Three Great Pandects of Wearmouth and Jarrow

Lowrie J. Daly, S.J., Memorial Lecture on Manuscript Studies - Samuel E. Cupples House
• Madeline H. Caviness (Mary Richardson Professor Emeritus, Tufts University), Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books.

15 October 2016
Anheuser-Busch Auditorium of the John Cook School of Business
Session IV – Illuminating Metalwork: Representations of Precious-Metal Objects in Medieval Manuscript Illumination
Organizers: Joseph Salvatore Ackley (Barnard College) and Shannon Wearing (University of California, Irvine)
• Beatrice Kitzinger (Princeton University), Rhetorics of Precious Metal in the Silhouettenbilder of Tours
• Susannah Fisher (Washington University in St. Louis), Gold on Gold: The Play of Object and Ground in Ottonian Illuminations
• Sarah M. Guérin (University of Pennsylvania), Representations of Power and the Holy Thorn Reliquary from the Ste.-Chapelle.

Session V – Revelations of Codicology
Organizer: Michelle Urberg (University of Chicago)
• Éloïse Lemay (University of California, Los Angeles), Merovingian Documents on Papyrus: An Inventory, a Typology, Their Use and Reuse
• James Stewart (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), New Tools for an Old Job: Page Layout and Selective Reading in Manuscripts of Vegetius’ De re militari
• Michelle Urberg (University of Chicago), What the Manuscripts Reveal about Literacy and Devotional Practice in the Birgittine Order, Vadstena Abbey.

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Session VI – Manuscripts for Travelers
Organizer: Gregory Pass (Saint Louis University)
• Barbara Crostini (Uppsala University), Travelling Books in Byzantium: Is Size All that Matters?
• Paul Acker (Saint Louis University), A Program of Dragons in a Travel Manuscript: Bodley MS 264
• Megan Foster-Campbell (Illinois Central College), Mapping Ducal Devotions: Pilgrim Badges in the Prayer Books of Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy.

Session VII – Beyond Arbiters of Lay Piety and Ambassadors of Culture: Revisiting Bell’s Medieval Women Book Owners
Organizers: Sherry C.M. Lindquist (Western Illinois University) and Elizabeth L’Estrange (University of Birmingham, UK)
• Elizabeth L’Estrange (University of Birmingham, UK), A Special Relationship to Books? New Directions for Bell’s Legacy
• Anne Stanton (University of Missouri, Columbia), Isabella of France as an ‘Ambassador of Culture’, 1308–1358
• Maeve Doyle (Moore College of Art & Design / Saint Joseph’s University), lluminating Ownership or Ideology? Reconsidering Images of Medieval Women Book Owners.

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International Medieval Congress 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS - Otherness: International Medieval Congress 2017, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds (UK), 3 – 6 July 2017.

The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome. However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which – for 2017 – is ‘Otherness’. This focus has been chosen for its wide application across all centuries and regions and its impact on all disciplines devoted to this epoch.

‘Others’ can be found everywhere: outside one’s own community (from foreigners to non-human monsters) and inside it (for example, religious and social minorities, or individual newcomers in towns, villages, or at court). One could encounter the ‘Others’ while travelling, in writing, reading and thinking about them, by assessing and judging them, by ‘feelings’ ranging from curiosity to contempt, and behaviour towards them which, in turn, can lead to integration or exclusion, friendship or hostility, and support or persecution.

The demarcation of the ‘Self’ from ‘Others’ applies to all areas of life, to concepts of thinking and mentalité as well as to social ‘reality’, social intercourse and transmission of knowledge and opinions. Forms and concepts of the ‘Other’, and attitudes towards ‘Others’, imply and reveal concepts of ‘Self’, self-awareness and identity, whether expressed explicitly or implicitly. There is no ‘Other’ without ‘Self’. A classification as ‘Others’ results from a comparison with oneself and one’s own identity groups. Thus, attitudes towards ‘Others’ oscillate between admiring and detesting, and invite questioning into when the ‘Other’ becomes the ‘Strange’.

The aim of the IMC is to cover the entire spectrum of ‘Otherness’ through multi-disciplinary approaches, on a geographical, ethnic, political, social, legal, intellectual and even personal level, to analyse sources from all genres, areas, and regions.

Deadline for Session Proposals: 30 September 2016.

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Italian Renaissance Books

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EXHIBITION: Italian Renaissance Books, Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 22 September 2016 – 16 January 2017.

Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections is a three-venue collaborative exhibition (here), held jointly at Harvard University’s Houghton Library (Manuscripts for Church & Cloister) and the McMullen Museum of Art (Manuscripts for Pleasure & Piety).

Just as we question today whether printed books will become extinct in the digital age, this exhibition invites you to revisit the era when the advent of printing made hand-painted manuscripts obsolete. In the 1400s book production witnessed groundbreaking advances in design and technology that transformed pages from parchment (animal skin) to paper, script to font, and vividly colored illuminations to black and white prints.

A surge in literacy and demand for books drove innovation. These radical changes did not occur instantly but through a gradual process of experimentation marked by notable leaps in achievement. Much like analogue and digital culture today, manuscripts and printed books co-existed for a long period serving different purposes and readers.

In this exhibition, we will visit the studies of scholars, princely libraries, places of worship, and printing presses of Renaissance Italy to explore how the ancestor of the modern book was perfected around 1500, thanks to innovations of the previous century. These developments arose from the efforts of Italian humanists, scholars who found inspiration in ancient Rome to create a new book for a brighter future. Whether you prefer a Penguin paperback or a Kindle, you are indebted to their inventions.

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Les couleurs du Moyen-Âge en ligne

LECTURES - Cinq conférences en ligne par Michel Pastoureau: Les couleurs du Moyen-Âge (2013).

L’historien des représentations Michel Pastoureau nous entraîne dans une exploration des couleurs au Moyen Âge. En cinq cours (2013), il présente les recherches qu’il mène depuis de nombreuses années, à la croisée de l’histoire sociale, de l’histoire de l’art, de l’histoire des sensibilités et de l’histoire des techniques : L’historien face à la couleur, Pigments et colorants, Pratiques et codes vestimentaires, Les couleurs du blason et la symbolique des couleurs, La révolution bleue des XIIe et XIIIe siècles.

Pour ce cycle de cours, Michel Pastoureau, directeur d’études à l’École pratique des hautes études où il occupe la chaire d’hstoire de la symbolique occidentale, vous entraine dans son époque de prédilection pour une exploration des couleurs au Moyen Âge.

1) L’historien face à la couleur. Pourquoi et comment étudier l’histoire des couleurs ?

2) Pigments et colorants. Histoires et recettes des matières colorantes.

3) Pratiques et codes vestimentaires. Le vêtement comme principal code chromatique de la vie en société.

4) Les couleurs du blason et la symbolique des couleurs. Blanc, jaune, rouge, vert, bleu, noir : significations des couleurs de l’héraldique.

5) La « révolution bleue » des 12e et 13 siècles. Comment le bleu est devenu la couleur préférée des Européens ?

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Garden Narratives in Literature and Art

CALL FOR PAPERS: Enchanted, Stereotyped, Civilized: Garden Narratives in Literature, Art and Film, A publication is planned during autumn/winter 2017.

Gardens have been a crucial part in mythology and literature. Throughout English literature for example, the idea of a garden is a recurrent image; these images largely stem from the story of the Garden of Eden which is found in the Genesis, the first book of the Bible.

Gardens reveal the relationship between culture and nature – the garden can be seen as civilized and ‘shaped’ and therefore domesticated nature –, in the vast library of garden literature few books focus on what the garden means – on the ecology of garden as idea, place, and action.

Our volume will discuss the topic of the garden in different theoretical contexts such as ecological, botanical, literary, filmic, art historical and cultural ones.

We want to investigate the representations of and the interconnections between gardens and the above named fields over a wide timescale, with consideration of how gardens are represented and used as symbols and of how – for example – literature or visuality took form in, or influenced, gardens.

Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to the following:
- The Biblical/Theological Garden
- The Mythological Garden
- The Renaissance Garden
- The Romantic Garden
- The Revolutionary Garden
- The Colonial/Postcolonial Garden
- Gardens in film
- Gardens in Art History
- The Garden as… a location in general and as a place of romanticism specifically a crime scene a labyrinth and therefore as a mirror of psychological conditions
- Ecological aspects on garden culture.

Chapters may explore different media (literature, movies, art, visual arts, television, etc.) and address topics on gardens. If you are interested in proposing a chapter, please email an abstract of 500 words and a short CV to both Dr. Feryal Cubukcu and Dr. Sabine Planka.

Your abstract should outline your hypothesis and briefly sketch the theoretical framework(s) within which your chapter will be situated. All submissions will be acknowledged. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt within 48 hours, you may assume that your email was lost in the depths of cyberspace. In that case, please re-submit.

The timetable for the volume is as follows:
- The deadline for abstracts: October 15, 2016
- Feedback: October 31, 2016
- Submission for articles (completed): April 30, 2017
- Double peer review process and feedback due to: May 30, 2017
- Articles sent back to editors: mid of June 2017

Please note that we will not include previously published essays in the collection.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 October 2016.

Source: H-ArtHist