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La bellezza nei libri (mostra)

mostra-Padova

EXHIBITION: La bellezza nei libri. Cultura e devozione nei manoscritti miniati della Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova, Oratorio di San Rocco, Padova, , 8 aprile – 7 maggio 2017.

La mostra, a cura di Federica Toniolo, Lavinia Prosdocimi, Nicoletta Giovè Marchioli e Pietro Gnan, raduna trenta manoscritti miniati conservati nella Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova, quasi tutti mai esposti in precedenza, provenienti dalle istituzioni monastiche e conventuali, in gran parte padovane, soppresse in età napoleonica – come Santa Giustina o gli Eremitani – ma anche da note biblioteche private padovane, ad esempio quella del medico Giovanni Battista Morgagni, docente di anatomia presso l’Ateneo patavino.

Il titolo La bellezza nei libri intende sottolineare non solo la pregevolezza dei manoscritti scelti: la bellezza di questi manufatti risiede infatti anche nell’armonia della loro mise en page, nell’eleganza delle scritture, nel fascino della loro storia. Si tratta di libri antichi di studio, devozione e scienza illustrati con pitture ora eleganti e raffinate, ora più ingenue e popolari, ma sempre sorprendenti per la loro fantasia. Tra gli artisti rappresentati, oltre ad anonimi miniatori francesi influenzati dall’arte normanna o dagli atelier parigini del primo Duecento, vi sono maestri della scuola bolognese, padovana e veneziana, e, ancora, esempi di miniatura centro-italiana e napoletana.

La mostra è accompagnata da un ciclo di conferenze e dalla pubblicazione di un catalogo, a cura di Chiara Ponchia, che, oltre alle schede dei manoscritti esposti, raccoglie sei saggi sulle nuove importanti acquisizioni emerse durante la campagna di studi.

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La bellezza nei libri (conferenze)

LECTURES: La bellezza nei libri. Cultura e devozione nei manoscritti miniati della Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova, ciclo di conferenze, Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova, via San Biagio 7, Padova, 19 aprile – 3 maggio 2017.

In occasione della mostra è previsto anche un ciclo di incontri:

19 aprile 2017, ore 17.00
* Federica Toniolo, La bellezza nei libri. Cultura e devozione nei manoscritti miniati della Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova. Introduzione alla mostra.

26 aprile 2017, ore 17.00
* Alfio Catalano o.s.b., Giovanni Cassiano, l’autore e le opere e Chiara Ponchia, Il manoscritto delle opere di Giovanni Cassiano della Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova.

3 maggio 2017, ore 17
* Laura Zabeo, I primi manoscritti all’antica tra Padova e Venezia.

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Memory and the Making of Knowledge

COURSE: Memory and the Making of Knowledge in the Early Modern World, Summer school, Graduiertenschule für Geisteswissenschaften Göttingen (GSGG), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, 18 – 22 septembre 2017.

Memory is now established as a dynamic and vital field of study in the humanities and social sciences. It is no longer disputed that how, why, and what individuals, communities, and societies remember is essential to under-standing their pasts and presents. A good deal of this work has understandably concentrated on contemporary history: the emergence of social history in the middle decades of the twentieth century shifted the spotlight to focus on ordinary people, and developments in medicine, psychology, and sociology produced a more sophisticated understanding of the functioning of individual and social memory.

This has led to new techniques of oral history opening up a wide vista of perspectives on the recent past. But people living before the twentieth century also remembered, and this summer school aims to explore memory in the early modern period, one from which there are obviously no living witnesses, but which nevertheless left numerous traces of the politics and poetics of memory in its art, literature, and history.

Between 1500 and 1800, remembrance of the past was crucial for creating knowledge in a wide range of personal, social, and political projects, and vital contributions were made to the theory and practice of memory. Actors from across the social spectrum used both old and new media to encode, manipulate, transmit, and deploy memories. The development of the Renaissance ars memoria played an important role in new ideas about memory in early modern elite culture; at the same time, the traumas and crises of the period produced what may be termed an ars oblivia, in which legally prescribed ‘forgetting’ played a vital role in social and cultural reconstruction.

Memory and the Making of Knowledge in the Early Modern World will bring together senior scholars and junior researchers whose work addresses memory in early modern literature and history. It aims to consolidate recent advances in these fields and develop new avenues of inquiry through an intensive programme of skills training, collections-oriented excursions, and – above all – productive intellectual exchange on research topics and techniques. The Summer School will also explore how studies of memory and early modernity might shape one another in the future.

Junior (postgraduate and postdoctoral) scholars whose research touches on any aspect of memory in the early modern world are invited to participate in the Summer School. Participants will be expected to give a short (no longer than 20 mins) presentation on their research. Particular topics of interest might include (the following list is by no means exhaustive):

* Collective, individual, communicative, and cultural memory
* Memory in art, sculpture, architecture
* Memory in literature, drama, poetry
* Alternative sources of memory: material culture and cheap print
* Early modern oral history: memoirs, testi-mony, legal sources
* Mnemonic techniques and institutions: ars memoria, museums, libraries
* Places of memory / lieux de mémoire
* Memory and identity formation/elaboration: class/rank, nation, empire, religion, sex/gender, race/ethnicity
* Memory and its function for the formation of knowledge
* Relation of memory, historical knowledge and historiography
* Memory and politics: Reformation, the ‘general crisis’ of the seventeenth century, Enlightenment, war, local/regional/urban politics, imperial expansion and trade
* Memory and (early) modernity: print media, early industrialisation
* Mediating and remediating memory: recycling and reusing memories
* Space/place and memory: town, country, nation, empire, private/public spaces.

The Summer School will be conducted in English. The organisers hope to be able to provide return transport to Göttingen, accommodation, and breakfast/lunches for participants. Child care is available for up to four children and is provided on a first come, first served basis.

Prospective participants are requested to send the following to the organisers, Andrew Wells and Claudia Nickel, at memory2017@uni-goettingen.de:
- 1 Page CV
- Brief letter of motivation
- 250-word abstract of your research.

We particularly welcome applications from all individuals from under-represented groups or who may have special requirements (including, but not limited to, physical or mental disability). Such applicants are encouraged to specify any such requirements in their letter of motivation.

Further information will be available shortly at the website of the Göttingen Graduate School of the Humanities.

Deadline: 10 May 2017.

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I Libri Corali della Cattedrale di Ferrara

Ferrara

LECTURES – I colori dell’anima: i Libri Corali della Cattedrale e la musica sacra a Ferrara alla fine del Quattrocento, Ciclo di conferenze 2017 con Anna Melograni, Fabrizio Lollini e Mons. Pablo Colino, Ferrara, Palazzo Bonacossi e Cattedrale, 20 e 27 Aprile e 18 Maggio 2017.

Dopo la pausa del 2016, ritorna Anatomia di un capolavoro. Storia, stile e iconografia nelle opere del Museo della Cattedrale, l’appuntamento annuale con l’arte promosso della prestigiosa istituzione ferrarese, oggi alla sua terza edizione dedicata ai preziosi codici miniati custoditi dal Museo: tre conferenze per raccontare, a più voci e da diversi punti di vista, uno dei vertici più significativi della miniatura rinascimentale.

La collezione si compone di un Salterio e un Innario – decorati nel 1472 dal caposcuola della miniatura estense Guglielmo Giraldi – e da ventidue corali di dimensioni molto ampie realizzati tra il 1477 e il 1535 su commissione del Capitolo della Cattedrale e del vescovo Bartolomeo della Rovere. La monumentale impresa, testimonianza assai rara di corredo liturgico musicale conservatosi pressoché integralmente, fu condotta da una vera e propria squadra di artisti: tra gli altri, fra’ Evangelista da Reggio, Giovanni Vendramin, Martino da Modena e Jacopo Filippo Medici, detto l’Argenta, vero protagonista dell’impresa, già al fianco di Taddeo Crivelli nella realizzazione della celeberrima Bibbia di Borso d’Este (1455-56), oggi custodita alla Biblioteca Estense di Modena.

Le conferenze guideranno il pubblico alla conoscenza di questi affascinati e coloratissimi capolavori, testimonianza non solo della cura dei dettagli dei calligrafi e della straordinaria perizia dei miniatori, ma anche della centralità della musica e del canto nella liturgia rinascimentale. Un viaggio affascinante e realmente imperdibile sarà ospitato nella consueta sede di Palazzo Bonacossi e, in via del tutto eccezionale, nel luogo ove i corali venivano utilizzati, letti e cantati: il coro della Cattedrale.

Programma degli incontri

Giovedì 20 aprile, ore 18
* Anna Melograni (MiBACT), Quanto costava la miniatura nel Quattrocento? Il caso dei Corali della Cattedrale di Ferrara
Ferrara, Palazzo Bonacossi, via cisterna del Follo 5.

Giovedì 27 aprile, ore 18
* Fabrizio Lollini (Università degli Studi di Bologna), Alla fine dell’Officina ferrarese: il cantiere dei Corali del Duomo
Ferrara, Palazzo Bonacossi, via cisterna del Follo 5.

Giovedì 18 maggio, ore 21
* Mons. Pablo Colino (Maestro di Cappella emerito della Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano), Musica e liturgia nei Corali della Cattedrale: L’Innario
Ferrara, coro della Cattedrale, ingresso da via degli Adelardi 2 (per assistere a questa conferenza sarà necessario munirsi del biglietto d’ingresso gratuito ritirabile presso il Museo della Cattedrale a partire dal 16 maggio).

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Jewish Books and their Christian Collectors

CONFERENCE: Jewish Books and their Christian Collectors in Europe, the New World and Czarist Russia, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, Oxford, 22 – 23 May 2017.

A two day international EAJS conference that will deal with Christian collectors of Hebraica in order to understand how these collections, whether private or public, were acquired and assembled, and in what way they could be said to represent the cultural universe of their owners.

While there have been a proliferation of studies on the manifold ways that Latin and vernacular books were read and collected, there have been as yet few attempts to interpret the widespread phenomenon of Hebrew books read, collected and deposited (and sometimes catalogued) in the libraries of Christian scholars and merchants, as well as in universities and theological seminaries.

For over the centuries Christians and Jews were constantly in search of Jewish texts of all types, in both manuscript and print. This quest was carried out over a remarkable range of locations, from libraries in the heartlands of the various Christian confessions, to the studies of Jewish scholars and readers in both Europe and the Near East.

Conference programme

Monday, 22 May 2017
* The Very Revd., Professor Martyn Percy (Dean of Christ Church), Welcome
* Regius Professor of Hebrew Jan Joosten (University of Oxford), Introduction
* Professor Saverio Campanini (University of Bologna), New Evidence on the Formation of Francesco Zorzi’s Library in Renaissance Venice
* Dr Ilona Steimann (University of Munich), Forming a Hebraist “Canon” of Jewish Literature: German Hebraica Collections around 1500.

* Dr Piet van Boxel (University of Oxford), A Sixteenth-Century Censor and his Collection of Hebrew Books
* Professor Joanna Weinberg (University of Oxford), The Library of Johann Buxtorf the Elder
* Mr Kasper van Ommen (University of Leiden), ‘Je suis pauvre en tout, mesmement en livres’. Joseph Scaliger as a Book Collector of Hebraic
* Dr Benjamin Williams (King’s College London), Connections at Christ Church: Edward Pococke and his Copies of Maimonides’ Commentary on the Mishnah
* Dr Rahel Fronda (University of Oxford), Jewish Books and their Christian Collectors: Christ Church Connections (Exhibition).

Tuesday, 23 May 2017
* Dr Theodor Dunkelgrün (University of Cambridge) and Mr Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge), Some Hebrew Collections and Collectors in the Colleges of Cambridge
* Professor Shimon Iakerson (University of St Petersburg), Who Collected Hebrew Books in Czarist Russia and Why
* Dr Arthur Kiron (University of Pennsylvania), An Atlantic Hebrew Republic of Letters
* Dr Joshua Teplitsky (University of Stony Brook), Encounters Beyond the Text: Christian Readers and Jewish Libraries.

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The ‘Meditationes vitae Christi’: A Conversation

Meditationes

SEMINAR – The Meditationes vitae Christi: A Conversation about Dating, Authorship and Contexts, with Peter Toth, Donal Cooper and Joanna Cannon, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House (Research Forum Seminar Room), Strand, London, Wednesday, 26 April 2017, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Peter Toth (British Library)
The Meditationes vitae Christi, a series of affective meditations on the life of Christ, has long been regarded as one of the most influential medieval works ever. It had decisive influence on literary and religious thought as well as the fine and performing arts of the Late Middle Ages. Despite its wide-reaching importance, however, neither its author nor even its date or the language it was originally written has ever been identified. This talk will survey the latest research that shed some new light on these questions and reflect on the challenges this new light had created, showcasing further evidence for the date and original language of this medieval best-seller.

Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge)
A long-standing conundrum regarding the origins of the Meditationes vitae Christi has been the elusive nature of the Franciscan friar traditionally proposed as its author: Giovanni de’ Cauli or John of Caulibus. The claim made by Fra Bartolomeo da Pisa in the 1390s that “Iohannes de Caulibus de Sancto Geminiano” had written a book of meditations on the Gospels has yet to be corroborated by contemporary archival sources. Building on Péter Toth’s and Dávid Falvay’s compelling reappraisal of the early manuscript tradition of the Meditationes, this contribution turns to the rich archival record that survives for the Tuscan Franciscans from the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries in search of the text’s likely author.

Joanna Cannon (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Since the days of Henry Thode and Emile Mâle, as views on the authorship and dating of the Meditationes vitae Christi have evolved, the uses that art historians have made of the text have undergone several changes. The contribution reflects on the implications of these changes, and of the recent findings of Péter Toth, Dávid Falvay and Donal Cooper, for the study of the Meditationes vitae Christi in relation to art in thirteenth-century Siena.

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On Greek-style Bindings Called “Alla Greca”

LECTURE: Anna Gialdini, “Alla Greca”? Greek-style Bindings and Their Meanings in Early Modern Europe, Homee and Phiroze Randeria Lecture, The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE, Tuesday, 16 May 2017, from 17:30 to 18:30.

This paper will consider different aspects of the production and consumption of Greek-style bookbindings in early modern Europe, focusing on Venice, Florence, and France.

Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m. Members are welcome to bring guests, both to lecture and to the tea beforehand.

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I tesori della Biblioteca Forteguerriana

Forteguerriana

EXHIBITION: I tesori della Biblioteca Forteguerriana, Pistoia, Biblioteca Comunale Forteguerriana, Sala Gatteschi, 3 gennaio – 28 aprile 2017.

La biblioteca celebra l’avvio di un anno speciale per Pistoia, capitale italiana della cultura 2017, proponendovi le sue opere più preziose: manoscritti antichi, incunaboli, volumi riccamente illustrati, edizioni rare, autografi, disegni e stampe.

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The Vatican Library in the Lyell Lectures 2017

LECTURES: Paul Nelles (Carleton University), Libraries, Space and Power, Lyell Lectures 2017, Oxford, Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, 4  – 18 May 2017. Lectures will take place from 5.00pm — 6.00pm. This event is free but places are limited so please complete the booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

In the 2017 Lyell Lectures Paul Nelles enters the social and material world of the Vatican Library in the late sixteenth century. At the vanguard of the Counter-Reformation, the library gradually adapted to its new role as an instrument of papal policy and hub of ecclesiastical reform. The lectures locate the Vatican Library within a constellation of new state-sponsored collections in early modern Europe.

Framed around the vibrant fresco cycles that graced the new library quarters constructed under Pope Sixtus V (1585-1590), the lectures visit specific episodes in sixteenth century cultural history to probe the dynamic of script and print within the space of the Vatican Library. Particular attention is given to the individuals, practices, and working tools that intersected with libraries in this period.

Program

Thursday May 4: The Vatican Library in the Counter-Reformation
Tuesday May 9: Cardinals and councils
Thursday May 11: An eternal archive
Tuesday May 16: Scribes in the city
Thursday May 18: Urbs et orbis. Popes and printers.

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L’arte di suor Plautilla Nelli agli Uffizi

Suor-Plautilla

EXHIBITION: Plautilla Nelli. Arte e devozione in convento sulle orme di Savonarola, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Firenze, 8 marzo – 4 giugno 2017. A cura di Fausta Navarro.

Nel 2017, le Gallerie degli Uffizi iniziano un percorso a lungo termine finalizzato alla valorizzazione delle artiste donne. Una delle prime iniziative è la mostra degli Uffizi dedicata a suor Plautilla Nelli (1524 – 1588), considerata la prima pittrice fiorentina.

Polissena de’ Nelli, questo il nome da ragazza di Plautilla, entrò nel convento di santa Caterina a quattordici anni. Qui, imparò da sola l’arte della pittura, copiando opere e disegni e usando le consorelle come modelle. Plautilla riuscì a realizzare opere di grande qualità e condusse una vera bottega artistica, con molte allieve.

Plautilla dipinse soprattutto opere a tema religioso: chi possedeva il quadro dipinto da una suora, assegnava all’oggetto un potere quasi magico. I lavori di Plautilla erano dunque non solo molto apprezzati, ma anche considerati molto preziosi.

La mostra degli Uffizi non presenta solo i quadri di Plautilla, ma anche alcuni codici da lei miniati, testimonianza della grande vitalità artistica del monastero.

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Women Artists and Patrons @ the Medici Court

CONFERENCE - A Legacy of Ladies: Women Artists and Patrons at the Late Medici Court, 2017 Jane Fortune Conference, The Medici Archive, Palazzo Alberti, via de’ Benci 10, Firenze, 21 April 2017. Organizers: Sheila Barker, Amy Fredrickson and Julie James.

The 2017 Jane Fortune Conference examines the deep imprint that women left on the artistic ferment of Baroque Florence, beginning under the regency of Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria and continuing through the last years of Electress Palatine. To do so, it will explore the cultural agency of both female patrons at the Medici court and the women artists who flourished there, from the mid seventeenth century to the early eighteenth century.

Only in recent years has attention been given to the complex web of female social patterns at the late Medici court. Vittoria della Rovere has been acknowledged as a key patron, yet her successors and their own patronage patterns have yet to be fully explored. The physical spaces used by noble women and their female households throughout Europe are essential to this study. Here, both heraldry and the displays of art collections helped to demarcate these spaces.

Thanks to their talents, some low-born women were given a degree of access to female courts. Exacting standards of moral conduct were expected of them, mitigating against their social station. Juxtaposing women painters with the irreproachable embroiders and lacemakers and the potentially licentious singers and actresses opens a discussion about the social and behavioral aspects of female creativity in early modern Florence.

Program

Keynote Address: Adelina Modesti, Women Artists at the Medici Court of Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere (1622-1694): Painters, Pastellists, Lacemakers, and Embroiderers

* Ilaria Hoppe, Uno spazio di potere femminile: Villa del Poggio Imperiale, residenza di Maria Maddalena d’Austria
* Silvia Benassai, ‘Io ho grande ardire, e non temo niente’: Violante Beatrice di Baviera, mecenate nella Toscana degli ultimi Medici
* Laura Windisch, Between Power and Privacy: Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici’s Patronage at Villa La Quiete
* Laura Cirri, Le Granduchesse di Toscana: la loro rappresentazione attraverso l’araldica
* Lisa Goldenberg Stoppato, Agnese Dolci: New Attributions
* Sheila Barker, Suor Teresa Vitelli’s Natural History Paintings: Women Artists and the Scientific Culture of the Early Enlightenment
* Julie James, A Nun Artist at the Medici Court: The Religious Pastel Works of Suor Teresa Vitelli
* Amy Fredrickson, Giovanna Fratellini: Motives, Patronage, and Success within the Medici Court System
* Poiret Masse, Violante Siries Cerroti at the Medici Court, ca. 1724-1737
* Francesca Fantappiè, Donne in carriera: attrici, cantanti, musiciste alla corte medicea.

Source: H-ArtHist

Regard sur la liturgie à travers ses livres

LECTURES: Laura Albiero (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Anthropologie du rituel. Regard sur la liturgie à travers ses livres, Paris, Sorbonne, en salle Perroy, de 17h à 19h.

Jeudi 27 Avril : Les pratiques liturgiques de l’église latine
Jeudi 4 et 11 Mai : La liturgie eucharistique
Jeudi 18 Mai et 1er Juin : La liturgie des heures
Jeudi 8 Juin : Autres actions rituelles.

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