Renaissance Splendors of the Italian Courts


EXHIBITION: Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts, The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA, 31 March – 21 June 2015.

The Renaissance courts of northern Italy, among the wealthiest and most sophisticated in Europe, attracted innovative artists who created objects of remarkable beauty. Princes and courtiers offered painters and illuminators favorable contracts and social prestige in return for lavishly decorated panels and books.

These works prominently displayed their owners’ scholarly learning, religious devotion, and elite status. Drawn primarily from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection of manuscripts, this exhibition celebrates the magnificent illuminations that emerged from this courtly context—an array of visual riches fit for the highest-ranking members of Renaissance society.

Accompanying the show is an online virtual exhibition, produced in collaboration with institutions in Ferrara, Mantua, Milan, Venice, and Verona, that allows visitors to view additional illuminated manuscripts by artists active in the northern Italian courts as well as items owned by various patrons who lived there.

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Dialogue in Twelfth-Century Constantinople

LECTURE: Professor Dame Averil Cameron, The emperor and the cardinals: Dialogue in twelfth-century Constantinople, The Hellenic Centre, 16 – 18 Paddington St., London W1U, Monday 22 June 2015, 7.15pm. Free entry for SPBS members but please confirm attendance to Hellenic Centre (here).

Summer Lecture supported by the SPBS and the Hellenic Centre.

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Reconstituer une bibliothèque médiévale

COURSE: Reconstituer une bibliothèque médiévale aujourd’hui : l’exemple de Saint-Bertin, Bibliothèque d’agglomération de Saint-Omer, 40 rue Gambetta 62500 Saint-Omer (France). Organisateurs IRHT: François Bougard, Dominique Stutzmann, Anne-Mari Turcan-Verkerk. Autre organisateur: Françoise Ducroquet.

L’école d’été « Reconstituer une bibliothèque médiévale aujourd’hui. L’exemple de Saint-Bertin » est organisée à Saint-Omer, du mardi 25 au samedi 29 août, par l’Equipex Biblissima, l’IRHT et la Bibliothèque d’Agglomération de Saint-Omer. Cette école d’été initiera les participants à la description scientifique des manuscrits médiévaux et à l’édition électronique des inventaires anciens pour comprendre l’histoire de la bibliothèque de Saint-Bertin.

Niveau : peuvent présenter leur candidature tous les étudiants français ou étrangers, titulaires au moins d’un Master 2 à la rentrée 2015, ou pouvant justifier d’une expérience de recherche. Bonne connaissance du latin exigée. Enseignement en français. Modalités d’inscription et prérequis : Sélection sur dossier. Nombre minimum de participants : 10 — Nombre maximum : 15.


Mardi 25 août 2015
L’histoire des bibliothèques médiévales
* Anne-Marie TURCAN-VERKERK, Les collections de livres du Ve au XVe s.
* Dominique STUTZMANN, Le projet « Saint-Bertin, centre culturel du VIIe au XVIIIe siècle : constitution, conservation, diffusion, utilisation du savoir »
- Séance de posters (chaque étudiant prépare un poster sur ses recherches présentes ou futures et le présente).

Mercredi 26 août 2015
Les textes et leur histoire
* Jean-Charles BÉDAGUE, L’abbaye Saint-Bertin et la collégiale Saint-Omer. Derrière les manuscrits : les lieux, les cadres et les hommes
* Frédéric TIXIER, Du texte au décor : une histoire du scriptorium de l’abbaye de Saint-Bertin aux XIIe et XIIIe siècles
* Remy CORDONNIER et Dominique STUTZMANN, Décrire et identifier les textes
- Travaux pratiques : Cataloguer les manuscrits médiévaux.

Jeudi 27 août 2015
Les inventaires anciens
* Angela COSSU et Dominique STUTZMANN, Les inventaires anciens : une source aux multiples visages. Les inventaires anciens de Saint-Bertin
- Travaux pratiques : Lire, comprendre et éditer des inventaires anciens.

Vendredi 28 août 2015
Reconstituer une collection ancienne avec les outils électroniques
* Laura LEBARBEY, Reconstituer et étudier une collection ancienne au-delà de la pluralité des bases et des formats (EAD, TEI)
- Travaux pratiques : Décrire les manuscrits en TEI et lier les informations en ligne.

Samedi 29 août 2015
Les manuscrits diplomatiques
* Sébastien BARRET, Comprendre les documents et manuscrits diplomatiques dans l’étude d’une bibliothèque.

Date limite de candidature : 9 juin 2015.

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Il Beato Angelico a Torino


EXHIBITION: Il Beato Angelico al Museo Diocesano, Museo Diocesano di Torino, Piazza S. Giovanni, 16 aprile – 30 giugno 2015.

In occasione dell’Ostensione della Santa Sindone dal 16 aprile al 30 giugno 2015 è esposto in un allestimento speciale al Museo Diocesano di Torino il celebre quadro del Beato Angelico Compianto del Cristo Morto, in prestito straordinario dal Museo di San Marco di Firenze.

Tempera su tavola, 152 x 200 cm, 1436, in prestito dal Museo di San Marco di Firenze. Raffigura Cristo deposto tra le braccia di Maria e figure che lo compiangono; sullo sfondo Firenze. Era collocata presso la Porta della Giustizia dove venivano giustiziati i condannati a morte, a mostrare Gesù giustiziato come un comune criminale.

Il curatore è Mons. Timothy Verdon (New Jersey, 1946), storico dell’arte, Direttore del Museo del Duomo di Firenze e dell’Ufficio Diocesano dell’Arte Sacra di Firenze. Autore di libri e articoli in italiano e inglese sull’arte sacra.

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“Scriptorium” Goes Online

NEWS: Good news from Anne-Véronique Raynal: “Scriptorium” goes online. At the moment, the issues for years 1946-1956. The next step should be the online publication of the following issues up to 1978, and then, progressively, of the rest. Finally, all should be made available but for the last five years of publication.

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Naval Motives in Venetian Renaissance Art

CALL FOR PAPERS: Naval Motives in Venetian Renaissance Art, The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Annual Meeting 2016, Boston, 31 March – 2 April 2016.

It is an oddity that in today’s Venice there is no particular interest in its naval history. This is quite surprising because the Serenissima was one of the most important harbor cities of the Mediterranean Sea in the Middle Ages and the Renaissace and still is the only large city in the world functioning almost exclusively via boats until this day. In comparison with other harbor cities like Genova and Rome, there are only few naval monuments which stick out in Venice’s cityscape: the richly decorated facade of S. Maria del Giglio, for example, or the ship masts placed on many campos, a tradition going back to 1480 when three of them were erected in front of the facade of San Marco. There are, however, several very original Venitian inventions inspired by its long naval past: the Bucintoro, the precious ship of state of the Serenissima, denominated by Goethe “a true monstrance“ (“eine wahre Monstranz”), and the shipvaulted wooden church ceilings created by Venetian shipbuilders.

The panel seeks to focus on Venice’s nautical past and present in Renaissance art. Papers should discuss artefacts reflecting the Venetian naval power and dominion in the Mediterranean Sea. How were nautical motives and know-how used by potent secular and ecclesiastical patrons? In which way representations of ships were used for their self-representation? Which impact did the art of naval architecture have on the other arts? Possible topics can discuss all artistic media: architecture, sculpture, and painting as well as coins, seals, prints, book illuminations, graffitti etc.

Please send an abstract with paper title (150-word maximum) and a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum) to Nicole Hegener.

Deadline: 1 June 2015.

Source: H-ArtHist

A New Home for the Bodleian Library


NEWS: The Bodleian Library’s Special Collections have moved to the Westen Library.

One of the great libraries of the world, the Bodleian is a working library which forms part of the University of Oxford. First opened to scholars in 1602, it incorporates an earlier library erected by the University in the fifteenth century to house books donated by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester. As the largest university library in the UK, and one of five legal deposit libraries, the Library holds millions of printed items as well as manuscripts.

In its reading rooms, generations of famous scholars have studied through the ages, among them five kings, 40 Nobel Prize winners, 26 prime ministers and writers including Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.

The Weston Library provides a new home for the Bodleian’s special collections and its £80m refurbishment was designed to create high quality storage for its collections, to develop the space for both advanced research and to extend public access to the Libraries’ treasures.

In addition to three reading rooms, seminar rooms and study spaces, the library now includes a Centre for Digital Scholarship and Visiting Scholars Centre. The public has access to exhibition galleries, a lecture theatre, the Bodleian Café and The Zvi Meitar Bodleian Shop.

These options are offered subject to availability. Parts of the Bodleian Library site may be closed for University ceremonies and functions. The library is open to visitors seven days a week, on most days of the year.

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Le livre au regard des méthodes quantitatives

CONFENCE: Le livre au regard des méthodes quantitatives, Journée d’initiation à Villejuif, organisée dans le cadre du Séminaire de recherche – Université Paris 1- Université de Namur et Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP)/CNRS : Codicologie quantitative et sociologie du livre médiéval), 28 mai 2015.


* Philippe Bernardi (CNRS – LAMOP) et François Foronda (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne – LAMOP), Orientations et perspectives métodologiques.

Président: Xavier Hermand (Université de Namur)
* Denis Muzerelle (CNRS – IRHT), Quantitatif: Comment? Pourquoi?
* Ezio Ornato (CNRS – LAMOP), Les méthods quantitatives au service de l’histoire du livre: principes, parcours, examples.

Président: François Foronda (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne – LAMOP)
* Émilie Cottereau (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne – LAMOP), La codicologie quantitative, une approche incontournable pour étudier les pratiques des copistes. L’example de la gestion de la ligne d’écriture
* Chiara Ruzzier (Université catholique de Louvain – LAMOP), Un corpus idéal pour l’application des méthods quantitatives: les Bibles portatives du XVIIIe siècle
* Octave Julien (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne – LAMOP/PIREH), L’analyse factorialle pour établir une typologie de manuscrits à partir de critères qualitatifs
* Anne Tournieroux (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne – LAMOP), L’impact de l’imprimité dans les bibliothéques privés françaises et italiennes à la fin du Moyen âge: apports et limites des méthods quantitatives
* Catherine Kikuchi (Universtité Paris 4 Sorbonne – Centre Roland Mousnier), Comment faire de l’histoire sociale en comptant les incunales? Une exploitation de la base de l’ISTC.

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