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Art and Memory Beyond Rulers: Family Art Patronage in Early Modern Italy

Posted By Maria DePrano, Monday, May 8, 2017

Families across the Italian peninsula actively engaged in art and architectural patronage for the benefit of their social status and to perpetuate family memory. Research analyzing the works commissioned by families in Early Modern Italy frequently concentrates on buildings and artworks ordered by rulers. This scholarly emphasis has been motivated by the leading artists of the works, significant numbers of surviving objects and buildings, the families’ historical importance and extant archival documentation. But, this concentration on art commissioned by rulers means that less is known about art patronage by minor noblemen,  professional elites, merchants, scholars and working class families . Using family archives and existing works can we determine what these men and women commissioned? How did they use art? What concerns and interests may have shaped the works? What could be learned by considering families of other class levels and their engagement with the arts? This CFP invites paper proposals from scholars working on non-ruling families throughout the Italian peninsula in the Early Modern period. Please send title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords and short C.V. to the organizers, Maria DePrano (mdeprano@ucmerced.edu) and Kathleen Arthur (arthurkg@jmu.edu) by June 1, 2017. 

Tags:  architecture  art  family  Italy  memory  patronage  social status 

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