I tesori della Biblioteca 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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New Job at Les Enluminures in Paris

JOB: Les Enluminures (Paris), sales and administration, art history background required (medieval manuscripts preferred), bilingual (French and English), must be able to work in France, salary dependent on experience. Liaison with New York and Chicago (and London) locations. Salary commensurate with experience. Full-time position

Exceptional and rare opportunity to join the team of an international art gallery exhibiting in the most prestigious art and book fairs worldwide and with locations and/ or staff in Paris, Chicago, New York, London, and Boston.

Main Responsibilities:
– EU client development and follow up
– Liaise and be a point of contact for clients in Europe, particularly in Paris
– Organization of European fairs (Tefaf, Frieze Master, Masterpiece)
– Follow all EU auctions
– Press representative for the gallery (write press releases, contact and follow up)
– Miscellaneous administration

– Strong commercial presence
– Some experience in the art world, including in sales
– Background in Medieval and Renaissance art history preferred
– Languages required: English and French bilingual, others preferable
– Skills required: PC platforms, MS Office Suite, Photoshop
– Self-starter, multi-tasker, well-organized.

Send letter of application and CV to office@lesenluminures.com.

Starting date: asap.

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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.


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


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.


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.

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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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Internship in MS Department, British Library


JOB: Internship in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts, The British Library, London. Hours: Full time (36 hours per week over 5 days) for 6 months. Salary: £9.75 per hour.

Thanks to external funding, the British Library is pleased to be able to offer an internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department, for doctoral and post-doctoral students in History, Art History, Medieval Language or Literature or another relevant subject.

The focus of the internship will be to enhance our Explore Archives and Manuscripts online catalogue, by creating or enriching catalogue entries for medieval manuscripts and publicising them in blog posts and other interpretative material. The intern will assist curators working on The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200.

This may involve writing or researching short descriptions of manuscripts and groups of manuscripts. The intern will be involved in others aspects of the work of the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section, including responding to enquiries and providing talks for students and visitors, thereby gaining insight into various curatorial duties and aspects of collection care.

During the internship at the British Library, the intern will enjoy privileged access to printed and manuscript research material, and will work alongside specialists with wide-ranging and varied expertise.

This internship is designed to provide an opportunity for the intern to develop research skills and expertise in medieval history and manuscripts, and in presenting manuscripts to a range of audiences. Previous interns have given feedback that they felt a valued member of the team, gained professional confidence and developed their career by carrying out a ‘real’ job with specific duties.

The programme is only open to students who are engaged actively in research towards, or have recently completed a PhD in a subject area relevant to the study of medieval manuscripts and who have a right to work in the UK full time.

Applicants are asked to include answers to the following questions within their Supporting Statement:
1. Please give examples of your experience in cataloguing medieval manuscripts.
2. Please provide examples of your experience in writing about your research or about manuscripts for a general audience.
The selection process may include questions about the date and origin of a particular manuscript to be shown at the interview.

Closing Date: 1 May 2017. Interviews will be held on 19 May. The internship will start in July 2017.

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The Shape of Return

CALL FOR PAPERS – The Shape of Return: Progress, Process, and Repetition in Medieval Culture, International Conference, ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, 29 – 30 September 2017. Organized by Francesco Giusti and Daniel Reeve.

Keynote speaker: Elizabeth Eva Leach (University of Oxford).

The conference will explore the ways in which medieval literary, artistic, musical, philosophical, and theological texts perform, interrogate, and generate value from the complexities of return, with particular reference to its formal and temporal qualities.

Reconsidering the practical and theoretical implications of return — a movement in time and space that seems to shape medieval culture in a fundamental sense — we will investigate the following questions:

* What shapes does return take, and how does it shape cultural artifacts of the Middle Ages?
* How does return (as fact or possibility) regulate the flow of time and the experience of human life?
* How can return as a final goal and return as a problematic repetition coexist?
* Is repetition simply identified with a state of sin, or can it lead somewhere?
* Reiteration, after all, can disrupt linear and teleological progress, but also empower it.

Presentations in English, limited to 30 minutes. Please email an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short bio-bibliographical profile (100 words maximum).

Deadline: 15 April 2017. An answer will be given before 1 May 2017.

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Lecturer in Art History at St Andrews University

JOB: Lecturer in Art History, University of St Andrews, School of Art History. Hours: Full time. Salary: £39,324 to £48,327 per annum. Contract Type: Permanent. Job Ref: AC2042AC.

We wish to appoint a Lecturer (Pre 1750) within the School of Art History. You will be a scholar with a growing international research reputation in art or architectural history or a related field and a commitment to delivering high quality teaching within the field of art history (broadly defined).

The successful candidates will be expected to have a range of interests, to be active in research publication that strengthens or complements those in the School and to be capable of teaching the subject to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Candidates should hold a PhD in a cognate discipline. Excellent teaching skills and an interest in promoting knowledge exchange are essential. You should also have some familiarity with grant seeking processes in relation to research councils and other sources.

Informal enquiries can be directed by email to Julian Luxford, Head of the School of Art History.

Deadline: 24 April 2017. Start Date: As soon as possible.

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Salon International du Livre Rare


EXHIBITION: Salon International du Livre Rare & de l’Objet d’Art de Paris (Stand C5), Les Enluminures, Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, 7 – 9 April 2017.

There will be exhibited an exceptional selection of illuminated manuscripts, Books of Hours, Text Manuscripts and miniatures.

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Fellowships in Eastern Christian MS Studies

FELLOWSHIPS: Swenson Family Fellowships in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies for Junior Scholars, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML), 2835 Abbey Plaza, PO Box 7300, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN 56321-7300 USA.

The Swenson Family Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies, established in 2012, will be awarded semi-annually. The Fellowship was established by Dr. Gregory T. and Jeannette Swenson, with their son Nicholas Swenson.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to support residencies at HMML for graduate students or postdoctoral scholars with demonstrated expertise in the languages and cultures of Eastern Christianity. Awardees must be undertaking research on some aspect of Eastern Christian studies requiring use of the digital or microfilm manuscript collections at HMML.

The program is specifically designed to aid new scholars in establishing themselves through research focused on manuscripts available through HMML. Postdoctoral scholars are understood to be those who at the time of application are within three years of being awarded a doctoral degree.

Awards will range from $2,500 – $5,000, based on project proposal and length of residency (two to six weeks). Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources.

The Fellowship may be supplemented by other sources of funding but may not be held simultaneously with another HMML fellowship. Holders of the Fellowship must wait at least two years before applying again. At its discretion, HMML may choose to award more than one fellowship per cycle.

Applications must be submitted by the 15 April 2017 for residencies between July and December of the same year, or by the 15 November 2017 for residencies between January and June of the following year.

Applicants are asked to provide:
* a letter of application with current contact information, the title of the project, length of the proposed residency at HMML and its projected dates, and the amount requested (up to $5,000)
* a description of the project to be pursued, with an explanation of how HMML’s resources are essential to its successful completion of the project; applicants are advised to be as specific as possible about which resources will be needed (maximum length: 1,000 words)
* an updated curriculum vitae
* a confidential letter of recommendation to be sent directly to HMML by an adviser, thesis director, mentor, or, in the case of postdoctoral candidates, a colleague who is a good judge of the applicant’s work.

Please send all materials as email attachments to: fellowships@hmml.org, with “Swenson Fellowship” in the subject line. Questions about the Fellowship may be sent to the same address.

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Prima dell’alfabeto in Mesopotamia

EXHIBITION: Prima dell’alfabeto. Viaggio in Mesopotamia alle origini della scrittura, Venezia, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Loredan, Campo Santo Stefano, Venezia, 20 gennaio  - 25 aprile 2017.

Duecento reperti, tra sigilli, tavolette e manufatti delle civiltà mesopotamiche, ripercorreranno oltre 3000 anni di storia della scrittura. Dai primi pittogrammi, all’astrazione dei segni cuneiformi. Un’evoluzione raccontata anche attraverso tecnologie multimediali interattive, che renderanno chiara ed avvincente la nascita della comunicazione scritta e con essa della storia.

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