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CFP: The Colors of Paradise. Painting Miniatures in Italian Convents, ca. 1300-1700

Friday, November 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
Announcing a call for papers for the 5th Annual Jane Fortune Conference: "The Colors of Paradise: Painting Miniatures in Italian Convents, ca. 1300-1700." Thursday Oct. 11 – Friday Oct. 12, 2018 Biblioteca di San Marco, Florence Co-organized by The Medici Archive Project and the Museo Nazionale di San Marco Since the late Medieval period, members of female religious communities have engaged in the making of small-scale paintings known as miniatures on a wide variety of supports. Many of these miniatures were produced to ornament liturgical and devotional books; others graced objects such as candles and altar frontals. While nuns’ activity in this realm has been documented quite extensively in northern Europe, the Italian production of miniatures is less understood, aside from case studies of a few individuals such as Eufrasia Burlamacchi (1482 –1548). It is hoped that this conference will not only consolidate what is known about the production of miniatures by Italian nuns, but also catalyze new research. To encourage reflection upon the continuity of technical practices and models across arbitrary period divisions, the time frame of this conference has been extended broadly. Insight obtained through technical examination or the materials analysis of nuns’ artworks will be especially welcome. For more information and a list of suggested topics, see: or visit To apply, send a CV and a 250-word abstract of your paper, in English or Italian, to: by December 31, 2017. Limited funding may be available for travel.

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