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Imagining the Heretic: Visual Narratives

Posted By Lara R. Langer, Friday, April 21, 2017

CFP: RSA 2018

Imagining the Heretic: Visual Narratives

 

Religious and social strife in the Early Modern period gave rise to a host of “heretics,” including significant thinkers like Savonarola, Luther, Campanella, or Bruno and commoners accused of heretical acts. The religious reshaping of Europe led to massive groups of people being indiscriminately labelled “heretics” according to faith despite instances of nicodemism. While the famous cases got reasonable exposure, the lesser known examples could serve to further understand this multifaceted “geography of the heretic” in Early Modern Europe. This panel is interested in the process of historicizing, memorializing, and imagining the heretic. Papers may address issues related to images of heretics as incriminating, exonerating, or ambiguous statements of one’s orthodoxy. What does art tell us about the life, death, and burial practices of a heretic? How could a heretic navigate the tensions between group and individual identity? How was the notion of “heretic” contextualized beyond its European borders?

 

Please send an abstract of 150 words maximum, a title of 15 words maximum, and a brief CV of 300 words maximum to Silvia Tita at s-tita@nga.gov and to Lara Langer at l-langer@nga.gov by May 30, 2017.

Tags:  Art  Art History  Early Modernity  Heresy  Heretic  Medal  portraiture  Sculpture  Spanish and Italian Renaissance 

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