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Programme: Objects and Spaces of Encounter in Renaissance Italy

15-17 April, 2024
Istituto Storico Italo-Germanico, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento

Organisers: Mary Laven and Emily Michelson

Monday 15 April – Objects

12:30-14:00 – Lunch (provided)

14:00-15:30 – Material Exchanges

Chair: Mary Laven

  • Federica Gigante (University of Cambridge)
    “Muslim Galley Slaves as Street Sellers and the Circulation of Islamicate Artefacts in Early Modern Italy”
  • Lavinia Gambini (University of Cambridge)
    “Levantine kerchiefs and materia medica: Cross-Cultural Encounters and the Making of the Apothecary’s Home”
  • Rachele Scuro (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
    “Trading objects, meeting otherness: The 16th-century Venetian ghetto as a space of economic, social, and cultural encounter”

15:30-16:00 – Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 – Making and Expertise

Chair: Massimo Rospocher

  • Emma Lyandres (NYU Institute of Fine Arts)
    “The Padua ‘Parokhet’ as Gateway to Jerusalem: A Transcultural Textile in Early Modern Italy”
  • Donatella Melini (University of Pavia)
    “Migrations and contaminations in 16th-century Italian lutherie”
  • Catherine Fletcher (Manchester Metropolitan University)
    “‘A remarkable little gun out of Germany’: international firearms in sixteenth-century Italy”

Tuesday 16 April – Places & Spaces

9:30-11:00 – Venice

Chair: Emily Michelson

  • Sandra Toffolo (Istituto Storico Italo-Germanico, Fondazione Bruno Kessler)
    “Situating encounter in urban spaces: The case of Renaissance Venice”
  • Tamsin Prideaux (University of Glasgow)
    “Streets, Squares, and Shops: Uncovering everyday encounters in late renaissance Venice”
  • Alexandros Hatzikiriakos (University of St Andrews)
    “The Sonic and Visual Perception of the Greek-Speaking Diaspora in Early Modern Venice”

11:00-11:30 – Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 – Naples

Chair: Rosa Salzberg

  • Shulamit Furstenberg-Levi (zoom), (Scuola Lorenzo de Medici, Florence)
    “An Alternative Space: Encounters between Jewish & Christian Intellectuals in Early Sixteenth-Century Naples”
  • Lucio Oriani (Independent scholar, Naples)
    “Aragonese Global Naples Through the Lens of Illuminated Manuscripts”
  • Laura Incollingo (USTC project)
    “’Al dì de lo corpo de Christo, ogn’homo sia listo.’ An overview of Spanish influence on Neapolitan culture”

13:00-14:00 – Lunch (provided)

14:00-16:00 – Walking Tour with Alessandro Paris

16:00-18:00 – Encounters, Real and Imagined

Chair: Federica Gigante

  • Roger J. Crum (zoom), (University of Dayton)
    “Encounters Elsewhere without Leaving Home: Distant Lands, Imaged Others, and the Virtuality of Foreign Encounter in Florentine Renaissance Art”
  • Maria Gloria Tumminelli (University of Cambridge)
    “Crossing border. A Gypsies’ Family between three lands: Duchy of Milan, Venetian mainland and Duchy of Mantua (16th-17th centuries)”
  • Anna Clara Basilicò (University of Padua and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
    “Haziendo burla de las mugeres cristianas que no se lavan: Christian and Muslim cellmates in Palermo (1609-1640)”
  • Marina Inì (University of Cambridge)
    “Space, Diversity, and Encounters: The Management of the Dead in Early Modern Italy”

20:00 – Conference Dinner

Restaurant Scrigno del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo 29

Wednesday 17 April – People

9:30-11:00 – Identities and Networks

Chair: Alexandros Hatzikiriakos

  • Annemie Leemans (zoom), (University of Antwerp)
    “‘Noi altri d’Italia’. Don Giulio Clovio and his vibrant international artistic network”
  • Karin Sprang (University of Warwick)
    “Trading Friendship: Transalpine Encounters in the Album Amicorum of Joachim Weyermann (1606-1613)”
  • Katalin Prajda (University of Vienna)
    “Material exchanges and Migration in early Renaissance Italy: The
    Testimony of a Florentine Family Memoir”

11:00-11.30 – Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 – Roundtable Discussion

Chair: Rosa Salzberg, University of Trento

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Italian Renaissance Objects and Spaces of Encounter is a project funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK)