CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
NEH Summer Institute
Leonardo da Vinci: Between Art and Science
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
June 25 – July 13, 2012
Application deadline: March 1, 2012
The NEH invites applications to participate in a collaborative,
three-week Institute focused on the works of Leonardo da Vinci
(1452-1519). The program is designed to encompass multiple disciplinary
perspectives, including art and architectural history, Renaissance
studies, the history of science, literature, philosophy and religious
studies. This heterogeneous group, which reflects the interdisciplinary
culture of the Renaissance itself, will explore dynamic relations
between early modern art and science, engaging in a multifaceted
analysis of Leonardo's many paintings, drawings, and writings.
Beyond its interdisciplinary approach, the Institute has two main aims.
First, it focuses on a deep understanding of the interrelated activities
of the artist, examining how Leonardo connected scientific
investigation of the world with his activity as a painter, the
interaction between word and image in his writings, and the significance
of this unique legacy. More broadly, the Institute will investigate the
status of images in the construction and transmission of knowledge, the
boundaries of observation and representation, and the articulation of
these issues in sixteenth century philosophy and art theory.
A faculty of internationally renowned scholars will introduce the main
topics of the Institute.
The Kunsthistorisches Institut, located at the
center of intellectual life in Florence, provides an ideal setting for
our inquiry. Approximately 25 NEH Summer Scholars from different fields
and career stages will be selected. Although expertise in the
interpretation of Leonardo's works is not required, Scholars will pursue
an individualized research project, related to the Institute’s topics,
based on their interests and training. Application is open to all
college and university faculty, graduate and postdoctoral students
affiliated with U.S. institutions. Please address inquiries to the
Director, Francesca Fiorani, Associate Professor, McIntire Department of
Art, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400130, Charlottesville, VA
22904-4130, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.