Among the many legacies bestowed upon art historical studies by Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Artists is his codification of agonistic aesthetic concepts through binary frameworks. The continued significance of, for example, the dialectic disegno and colorito to art theory was likely due in part to the richness of these terms and their ability to suggest numerous affiliated metaphorical pairs, including but not limited to: intellectual/emotional, difficult/pleasurable, masculine/feminine, ideation/execution, and form/matter. Concomitantly, many of these conceptual oppositions were mapped onto the very geographies of the Renaissance world, making the political dynamics between both smaller polities—such as Venice and Florence—and broader regions—North and South of the Alps—an integral component of these defining frameworks. This panel seeks to question such critical dichotomies, exploring not only new cross-correspondences between these binaries, but also points of disjunction and tension as productive sites in their own right. In addition to the above-mentioned concepts, papers might also address notions of materiality/illusionism, foreground/background, icon/narrative, high/low, fine/decorative arts.
Please send abstracts (no more than 150 words) and CV by June 1st to Jessica Maratsos, Assistant Professor, American University of Paris (email@example.com); and to Lorenzo Buonanno, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston (firstname.lastname@example.org).