“Artists in the Cloister” a conference on 16th-18th Century Women Artists: October 4-5, 2013

Artiste nel Chiostro

The Jane Fortune Research Project on Women Artists and the Biblioteca Domenicana – Santa Maria Novella (Jacopo Passavanti) present:

Artiste nel chiostro: produzione artistica nei monasteri femminili in età moderna

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Giovanna Pierattini’s groundbreaking study on nun artist Suor Plautilla Nelli, published in Memorie Domenicane in 1938. In conjunction with this anniversary, the MAP’s Jane Fortune Research program on Women Artists and the Biblioteca Domenicana in Santa Maria Novella are co-sponsoring a conference on nun artists and the circumstances of artistic production in female monastic communities from the early Renaissance until the Napoleonic suppression, in Italy and abroad as well. The conference takes place October 4-5 in the Sala dell’Annunciazione at the Convento dei Frati Servi di Santa Maria (SS. Annunziata), via Cesare Battisti 6 (Firenze).

Thanks to the initiative and support of author and philanthropist Dr. Jane Fortune, this research program is dedicated to women artists active in the 16th-18th centuries primarily. Drawing upon the ample resources and experience of the Medici Archive Project, the program is pursuing a threefold mission:

·        to uncover new archival documentation on the lives and work of early modern women artists
·        to disseminate these discoveries through publications and conferences
·        to encourage younger scholars to join in this research effort by offering internships, training, and opportunities for professional growth

The conference is organized by Sheila Barker, Director, and SACI’s own Conservation Teaching Assistant, Philippa Norton (SACI Alumna, 2009-2010), Director’s Assistant.

PROGRAM – some topics will be presented in Italian and others will be in English:

Friday, October 4,  2013

15:00 Saluti. Alessio Assonitis e Luciano Cinelli

15:15 Prolusione. Culture nel chiostro: tra arte e vita. Gabriella Zarri

16:00 Lo scriptorium del monastero del Paradiso di Firenze. Rosanna Miriello

16:25 Suor Eufrasia Burlamacchi’s aesthetic theory. Loretta Vandi

16:50 La cultura figurativa delle domenicane del Corpus Domini a Venezia durante il Quattrocento. Denise Zaru

17:15 Nuns, Artists, and Baptized Jews. Tamar Herzig

17:40 The Art, Visual Culture, and Liturgy of Dominican Nuns in Early Modern Castille. Mercedes Pérez Vidal

18:05 Les expressions artistiques des religieuses: une créativité déclinée au féminin. Panayota Volti

Saturday, October 5, 2013

 9:30 Lectio Magistralis. Knowing Hands: Nuns’ Textile Artistry in Renaissance Florence. Sharon Strocchia

10:15 Nun Artisans, Needlecraft, and Material Culture in Early Modern Florentine Convents. Adelina Modesti

10:40 Orizzonti figurativi e riferimenti culturali nell’opera di Orsola Maddalena Caccia. Paola Caretta

11:05 Orsola Maddalena Caccia e la pratica pittorica nei monasteri delle orsoline del ducato gonzaghesco. Antonella Chiodo

11:30 Maria Luigia Raggi: pittrice monaca nel convento delle turchine di Genova. Consuelo Lollobrigida

11:55 The Frate’s Follower: Classifying and Collecting the Work of Plautilla Nelli in the 1800s. Catherine Turrill

12:20 “I sospiri mi sono cibo, e le lagrime beveraggio…” Plautilla Nelli per Santa Caterina da Siena. Fausta Navarro
medici-archive-project

Sala dell’Annunciazione

Convento dei Frati Servi di Santa Maria (SS. Annunziata)

Via Cesare Battisti, 6 – Florence, Italy

http://www.medici.org/

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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