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Reconnecting: New Thoughts on Art and the Spectator in Renaissance Italy

Posted By Steven J. Cody, Monday, May 8, 2017


2018 marks the thirtieth anniversary of John Shearman’s A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts. These lectures developed bold strategies for approaching works of art that are completed outside of themselves, in the viewer’s experience. They were subsequently published under the title, Only Connect… (1992), which is now a classic in the field, and which continues to inspire some truly searching art historical commentary.

This panel looks to capitalize on the anniversary of Shearman’s lectures and to honor their legacy in the best way possible, by continuing the conversation—by re-connecting, as it were. In keeping with the spirit of Only Connect… itself, we invite proposals that consider the experience of viewing Italian Renaissance art from new and innovative perspectives.

Presenters are welcome to engage with Shearman’s interpretative frameworks, to grapple with them, and/or to develop different ways of thinking about early modern spectatorship.

Please send proposals and direct any queries to Steven Cody ( Proposals must be submitted by 1 June and include the following items:

-          The presenter’s name, affiliation, and email address

-          The paper’s title

-          An abstract (150-word maximum)

-          Keywords

-          A brief CV (300-word maximum)

Tags:  Art  art history  New Approaches  Renaissance  Shearman  spectator 

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