57th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 2011 Montreal

The IAS sponsored one session at the 2011 meeting of the RSA, held March 24–26 in Montreal:

Rome Revitalized
Co-Organizers: Angi Bourgeois, Mississippi State University, and Jill E. Blondin,University of Texas, Tyler
Chair: Jill E. Blondin,University of Texas, Tyler

Throughout its history as the center of Christendom, Rome has gone through numerous moments of deliberate revival and renovatio.  Scholars such as Ernst Kitzinger, Richard Krautheimer, Irving Lavin, and others have famously explored some of these efforts of revival in the late antique, early medieval, and Baroque periods, while still others, like the Quattrocento, remain relatively understudied.  This panel seeks to re-assess moments of concentrated activity of revival and renovatio in the broadly defined Roman Renaissance as it relates to the elevation of Rome to a renewed glory as the center of the Church and the world. Papers will address issues of rebuilding and revitalization, with particular attention to the renovation of small and/or ancient churches, the reuse or appropriation of antiquity in new commissions, the renewed focus on urban planning, and the strengthening of the papacy through artistic commissions of all kinds.

Jasmine Cloud, Temple University: “Reviving the Heart (of the City): The Renovation of Churches on the Roman Forum” *2011 IAS Travel Grant Recipient*

Jennifer DeSilva, Eastern Connecticut State University: “The Cardinal’s Titulus as a Site for Rebuilding Rome and the Cardinal’s Identity”

Caroline Hillard, Colorado College: “Narratives of Place and the Sixteenth-Century Renovatio Romae

Lara Langer, University of Maryland: “Pinturicchio’s Sala dei Santi in the Borgia Vatican Apartments: A Study of the Turkish Figures Represented in the Lunette Frescoes”

For additional information about these or other sessions, please visit the RSA’s conference website.

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