Call for Participation: IAS Conference Travel Grants for Emerging Scholars 

2016 competition open to all IAS student and junior (within 10 years of PhD) members. Application deadline 8 November 2015. 

2015 IAS Travel Grant winner Andaleeb Badiee Banta, Curator of European and American Art at Allen Memorial Art Museum, shares her experience:

With the funds awarded by the Italian Art Society, I was able to travel to Berlin to attend the 61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, where I presented the paper “Simultaneous Vision in Oberlin’s Holy Family over Verona.” This painting, now at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, remains one of the more mysterious examples of 16th-century painting in Verona. I discussed the picture in relation to concepts of veiling, revelation, and illusionism in Renaissance art. One of the main goals of giving the paper in Berlin was to have the opportunity to introduce the relatively unknown work to an international audience of Italian Renaissance art scholars in an effort to determine its authorship and parse its strange iconography.

Since the conference, I have tentatively determined an alternate attribution for the painting, and have been working on connecting the canvas with the Canons Lateran in Verona, who may have been instrumental in its commissioning. I aim to publish an article that will summarize my findings in 2016.

The Allen’s website describes this fascinating painting thusly. We look forward to its updating based on Andaleeb’s research:

This canvas was painted as a trompe l’oeil (to trick the eye) featuring a scene of the Holy Family, which is simultaneously covered by, and revealed through an illusionistic peeling canvas. The other picture we see is an evening view of Verona, complete with shepherds and a resting traveler in the foreground. Adding to the trompe l’oeil effect is the painted cartellino in the bottom center of the composition, which gives the date of the work, and identifies the landscape as a view of Verona.

The opportunity to compete for travel grants is just one of many benefits available to members of the Italian Art Society. Join us today! 

For 2016, grants of $500 each will be awarded to graduate students, recent PhD recipients (pretenure and non-tenure track), and independent scholars (within 10 years of receiving the PhD) to support travel to present a paper at any conference where IAS is sponsoring a session (although not necessarily in an IAS-sponsored session), including the conferences of the College Art Association, the International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, the Renaissance Society of America, the American Association of Italian Studies, and the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. The current competition concludes 8 November 2015.  Click here or visit our website for more information.

2015 IAS Grant Winner Andaleeb Badiee Banta

Attributed to Marco Angolo del Moro, Holy Family over Verona, 1581, oil on canvas. Oberlin, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1961.83.

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