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Art and the Stages of Life in the Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior

Posted By Erin J. Campbell, Sunday, May 1, 2016

Age was a central part of a person's identity in early modern Europe. Social roles and access to power were mediated by the stages of life. This panel uses age as a lens for understanding the reception of art in the home. Art in the early modern home played a key role in shaping the cultural ideals, perceptions, and politics of the stages of life. Religious imagery, portraits, and mythological narratives all shaped the life stages of diverse members of the household as they moved through the interior spaces of the home across time. Papers are invited that examine artworks in the context of family rituals and practices, inventories of domestic objects, diaries and other documents of family life, as well as spiritual and prescriptive writings on the family. Of particular interest are papers which examine the layering of meaning within and across domestic spaces. The nature of the space, its location in the home, the daily activities, furnishings, and the placement of paintings, sculptures, textiles, ceramics, and other objects could all potentially contribute to the creation of narratives about the life stages.  Thus, the reception of images and their power to shape, resist, revise, and expand conceptions of the stages of life is intimately tied to the spaces in which they appear and the people and objects that surround them.

Please send via email your name and affiliation, a 150-word abstract with title, a 2-page cv, and keywords to Erin Campbell, Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Art History and Visual Studies, University of Victoria: erinjc@uvic.ca. Deadline: May 25.

Tags:  Art History  domestic interior  Italy  life stages 

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