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The Laws of Art

Posted By Sarah A. Rabinowe, Friday, May 13, 2016

The contemporary conception of art copyright, intellectual property and image ownership originated during the early modern period.  Still today, the sale, conservation and restoration of renaissance artwork and objects are tied to the legal system in which these enterprises are performed.  The Laws of Art is an interdisciplinary session to discuss varying perspectives on the convergence of art and law.

Submissions are encouraged from scholars and professionals in art history, law, archeology, history, public policy, museum studies, classics, art conservation, and beyond.  Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Historical perspectives on the interrelationship between art and law

  • Influence of early modern law on artists, printmakers, publishers, artwork and cartography

  • Consequences of current conflicts on art, cultural heritage sites and objects dating from the early modern period

  • Perspectives concerning notions of originality and authenticity of renaissance artwork

  • The legal aspects of the conservation of objects, sites, and/or structures

  • Representations of the legal community in art

  • Historical origins and relationship between cultural property and intellectual


Please submit an abstract (max. 150 words), CV (max. 300 words in list/bullet-point format) and keywords to Sarah Rabinowe at by 26 May 2016. Invitations to participate in the session will be sent by May 28, with final confirmation requested by June 3.

Tags:  Archeology  Art  Art Conservation  Art History  Classics  Conversation  Cultural Heritage  Cultural History  Curator  Digital Humanities  Early Modern  Engraving  History  Interdisciplinary  Italy  Law  Legal Theory  Material Culture  Museum  Museum Studies  Public Policy  Publishing  Rome  Venice 

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