CFP: Conference “Nun Artists in Early Modern Italy”

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Location: The Biblioteca Domenicana in Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Co-sponsored by the Medici Archive Project’s Jane Fortune Research Program on Women Artists and the Biblioteca Domenicana in Santa Maria Novella, this conference highlights new research on artistic production in female monastic communities since the early Renaissance until the Napoleonic suppression.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
–studies on single artists
–overviews of artistic practice in one or more female religious communities
–stylistic analysis and attributions of artworks
–studies of the visual culture of nun artists
–the role of art in the economic and patronage strategies of monastic communities
–the teaching of art in female religious communities
–comparisons between nuns’ artistic patronage their artistic production
–investigations of the relations and tensions between piety and artistic production
–historiographic studies of nun artists

Paper presentations may be given in Italian or English. A publication based on the conference papers is planned. Some support for travel expenses may be available.
To apply, please send a one-page abstract and a brief c.v. to Dr. Sheila Barker (barker[at]medici.org) and Dr. Luciano Cinelli, O.P. (memorie.domenicane[at]gmail.com). The deadline for applications is July 31, 2013.
For more information, see the Medici Archive Project website announcement:
http://www.medici.org/highlights/call-papers-conference-nun-artists-early-modern-italy

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