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Ravenna in the Imagination of Renaissance Art

Ravenna in the Imagination of Renaissance Art
100 St. George St. Sidney Smith Hall room 2098
Time: Apr 10th, 9:40 am End: Apr 10th, 6:15 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Italian Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, 400-1200, 1500-1800, 1200-1500
one day conference

The Department of Art is pleased to present:

Ravenna in the Imagination of Renaissance Art

This conference will try to recover the overlooked role played by Ravenna's rich corpus of early Christian monuments, Byzantine mosaics, and marble revetments in the development of Renaissance art through lectures presented by seven speakers from Italy, Germany, United States, and Canada.

The focus of this conference is the city of Ravenna seen as a crucial center of the Greek East and Latin West on the Italian peninsula. It proposes to recover the overlooked role played by Ravenna’s rich corpus of early Christian monuments, Byzantine mosaics, and marble revetments in the development of Renaissance art. Of central interest is the reception of this composite corpus that indexed multi-dimensional views of the past and dense intersections between media and materiality, historicity and chronologies. How were Ravenna’s monuments and portable works copied, adapted, and re-invented by artists who physically confronted but also just heard about local remains, and what was Ravenna’s relationship with the other capitals of the ancient Christian world, such as Rome, Byzantium, and Jerusalem, in the Renaissance imagination?

The conference further intends to recapture the meanings that Ravenna’s unique heritage had in the local historiography, which describes a triumphalist past that sits uncomfortably with the city’s reality of political and religious subjugation in the early modern period. The conference also aims to be a forum to reflect on the significance of spoliation, manipulation, and destruction suffered by Ravenna’s artistic treasures over time. As a result, we will address and begin to attend to this understated node of Ravenna and its heritage to bring into view  a different Renaissance.

Organizers

  • Giancarla Periti (University of Toronto, Department of Art)
  • Alexander Nagel (New York University, Institute of Fine Arts)

For full conference details, please visit: www.ravennaart2014.com

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact Samantha Chang.

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