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Color / Non-color between Theory and Practice

Posted By Claudia Cieri Via, Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Organizers: Claudia Cieri Via (Sapienza – Università di Roma); Marco Ruffini (Sapienza – Università di Roma); Itay Sapir (UQÀM – Université du Québec à Montréal).

The spectrum between the colorful and the colorless has always been a central issue in art theory and practice. In different periods, concepts such as polychrome, monochrome, tonalismo, chiaroscuro, transparency, opacity etc. were attributed different meanings and functions in the visual arts, depending on contemporary aesthetic canons and social contexts.

This series of panels aims to explore the diverse interpretations of color in artworks of all media and in writings about art between the Quattrocento and the seventeenth century. Special attention will be devoted to the following topics: the materiality of color in relation to artistic experiments; the implications of color for the concept of naturalism, the ideal of liveliness, and the depiction of the flesh; the ambiguous relationship of color with different ideals of beauty; and the meaning and function of color in religious and devotional practices as well as in “high” and “low” culture. In reference to recent critical debates, concepts such as agency and spectatorship may also be explored.

To submit a paper proposal for this session, please send a Word or PDF document to the three organizers (;; by May 31, 2016. Please ensure that the document includes the following information: presenter’s first, middle, and last name; academic affiliation and title (or “Independent Scholar”); e-mail address; paper title (15-word maximum); abstract (150-word maximum); short CV (300-word maximum; prose bios will not be accepted; please follow the CV guidelines and models on

Tags:  Architecture  Art History  Art Literature  Beauty  Canon  Chiaroscuro  Color  Cultural History  Flesh  Materiality  Monochrome  Painting  Religion  Sculpture  Social History  Visual Culture 

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