CFP: New Directions in Representation of the Italian Landscape

RSA 2018 New Orleans, March 22-24, 2018
Session Sponsored by the Italian Art Society

Images of the Italian landscape, both real and imagined, have been the subject of many fruitful investigations, from research on broad trends and refined definitions to focused monographs on individual artists. Recent studies have shed new light on the display of landscape paintings in palaces and villas, artistic practice, professional networks, and the intersections between antiquity and natural history. In particular, research into the growing interest in empirical study and the interpretation of nature in early modern Italy has led to a greater understanding of representations of the natural world. This panel seeks papers that build on these themes and present new ways to reconsider the portrayal of the landscape and landscape artists working in Italy.

We welcome proposals that consider the following issues:

  • Landscapes and natural history/antiquity
  • Connections between northern Europe and Italy
  • The display and function of landscape imagery
  • The relationship between drawing and painting the landscape
  • Economics and the market for landscapes
  • The poetics of landscape and connection to literature
  • The spiritual dimension of the landscape

 Please send a brief abstract (no more than 150 words); a selection of keywords for your talk; and a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum in outline form) to Sarah Cantor and Melissa Yuen by Friday, 26 May, 2017.

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