Trecento Seminar: Artist and Authorship

  • Friday, May 6, 2016 - 10:00 to 17:00

This international showcase of award-winning, original research is convened by Dr Claudia Bolgia, Lecturer in the History of European Art, and Dr Luca Palozzi, British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

Addressed and attended by world-leading national and international scholars, it has been convened to take stock of the field, showcase work by established researchers and PhD students, and discuss different methodologies; charting new avenues for future research.

While its principal focus is the Italian Trecento, contributions extend to investigate different geographical areas - both East and West (Portugal, France, Spain, Byzantium) - and across a broader time-span, including contemporary perspectives on the topic.

The day-long seminar is organised into four sessions. It is free and open to all. 

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10.00 - 10.15 Luca Palozzi (Edinburgh College of Art), Introduction

Session 1: Visual Networks and Artistic Flows

Chair: Luca Palozzi (Edinburgh College of Art)

10.15 - 10.40 Emanuele Lugli (University of York), ‘Inventing the Network: Linking Figures and Connecting Knowledge in Trecento Italy'

10.40 - 11.05 Carla Varela Fernandes (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal), ‘France-Catalonia-Portugal: artistic flows in the Trecento. Some examples from the Digital Index of Magistri Cataloniae’

11.05 - 11.20 Q&A

11.20 - 11.40 Coffee break

Session 2: Authorship and Self-Representation: East and West

Chair: Claudia Bolgia (Edinburgh College of Art)

11.40 - 12.05 Maria Lidova (British Museum, University of Oxford), ‘Manifestations of Authorship: Artists’ Signatures in Byzantium’

12.05 - 12.30 Giampaolo Ermini (Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy), ‘The Opere firmate nell'arte italiana / Medioevo Project : some notes on Sienese metalworkers' signatures: goldsmiths, locksmiths, bell makers’

12.30 - 12.55 Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge), ‘The Authorship and Audience of the Meditations of the Life of Christ'

12.55 - 13.10 Q&A

13.10 - 14.00 Lunch

Session 3: Self-awareness and Reception

Chair: John Richards (University of Glasgow)

14.00 - 14.25 Luca Palozzi (Edinburgh College of Art), ‘Before the Paragone: Trecento Visual Intelligence and the Critical Misfortune of Sculptors’

14.25 - 14.50 Corin Sworn (Artist and Lecturer, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford), 'The Mobile Screen and the Early Modern Stage: A contemporary artist’s take on borrowing from the past’

14.50 - 15.00 Q&A

15.00 - 15.20 Coffee break

Session 4: Postgraduate Research Showcase, Discussion and Conclusions

Chairs: Claudia Bolgia (Edinburgh College of Art), Robert Gibbs (University of Glasgow), John Richards (University of Glasgow), Luca Palozzi (Edinburgh College of Art)

15.20 - 15.50 Research Showcase with History of Art PhD candidates at the University of Edinburgh

  • Maria Gordusenko, ‘Magester Ursus and his self-representation in the church of Santi Pietro e Paolo in Ferentillo’
  • Amelia Hope-Jones, ‘The Elusive Artist: A Thirteenth-Century Tabernacle in the National Gallery of Scotland’
  • Fabian Bojkovsky, ‘A Jewish Convert as Artist: The Shrine of San Vicente, Sabina and Cristeta at the Intersection between Legend, Historicity and Propaganda’

15.50 - 16.20 Discussion

16.20 Claudia Bolgia (Edinburgh College of Art), Conclusions

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