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Global and Local: Exchange in Early Modern Italy

Posted By Kelli Wood, Sunday, May 15, 2016
Updated: Sunday, May 15, 2016

The global turn in art history has reframed the once Burkhardtian ‘Renaissance’ as a series of global artistic and technological achievements prompted by the cross-cultural exchange between the wider Mediterranean with the Islamic lands, the Americas, Africa, and East Asia. Less thoroughly analyzed, however, is the often uneasy juxtaposition of local interests with this global framework. An acknowledgement of the important role of the local and national, both historically and historiographically can productively influence the emerging narrative of this global Renaissance. Everyday exchanges, regional and local artistic practices, communal politics, neighborhood traditions, distinctive court cultures, and urban identities all contributed to the production and consumption of visual culture in an expanding early modern world.

This session invites papers that explore tensions between the global and local in Italy between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. Potential submissions might thus examine:

  • Artistic interchanges within and among the distinctive regions of the Italian peninsula
  • The dependence of local culture on materials, technologies, and goods supplied by increasingly global networks of trade and diplomacy
  • Representation of local identities and notions of foreign alterity
  • Points of emphasis and occlusion within an evolving scholarly tradition that prioritizes global interaction to envision the Renaissance
  • The role of immigrant communities and itinerant artists in shaping the visual and material cultures of Italy
  • Trans-alpine exchanges of visual culture, pictorial modes, and technologies of the image

Those interested in proposing a paper should submit an abstract of approximately 250 words, along with a CV to by May 31st.


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