Past Event

Beyond Italy and New Spain: Itineraries for an Iberian Art History (1440-1640)

April 27, 2012 - April 28, 2012
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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This conference aims to open new dialogues on Iberian art and architecture from the decade that saw the Aragonese conquest of Southern Italy (1443) and the establishment of the first Portuguese trading station on the African island of Arguim (1449) to that of the separation of the Portuguese and the Spanish crowns (1640).

The two organizers — Michael Cole and Alessandra Russo — focus on different geographical areas and were motivated to undertake this project by a shared awareness of the fragmentation that currently characterizes a major field of art history — the study of sixteenth-century Iberian art and architecture. One of us started from a perspective on what is now the country of Italy, but which in the sixteenth-century belonged largely to Spain: the entire south, divided between the Kingdoms of Naples and Sicily, was ruled by Spanish viceroys; the Duchy of Milan had governors appointed by Spain; territories from the Republic of Genoa to the city-states of the northeast were essentially Spanish dependences. The other confronted the anachronistically national point of view that often guides the study of "Mexican," "Peruvian," "Brazilian" or "Indian" art history, when in fact these territories were under the Spanish and the Portuguese crowns. Referring to these territories as "colonial" possessions is equally unhelpful for conceiving them in a larger and more dynamic frame — what we call the "Iberian" atlas, which encompassed not only large parts of America, Africa and Asia, but also broad regions within Europe itself.

The participants in the conference will discuss artistic dynamics in or between at least two zones of the Iberian atlas (Portugal, Brazil, Flanders, Spain, Goa, Macao, Milan, Naples, Peru, the Philippines, Sicily, Sierra Leone, etc.). Themes will include the movement, reinstallation, and reinterpretation of images and objects; the materials of art making and their changing (or unchanging) meaning; printed and other reproductions and their relationship to new originals; the reinterpretation of architectural models in response to differing landscapes, labor conditions, technologies, and functional requirements; the travel of artists, patrons, and viewers; competing religious, political, intellectual, or patronage networks (Jesuits vs Franciscans, traders vs missionaries, Portuguese vs Dutch, etc.); the literature of art and its forms across space.


Pablo Francisco Amador Marrero,“From Iberian Europe to the Kingdom of the New Spain: New Proposals of Itineraries for the Origin and Interpretation of Corn Cane Sculptures”
Joana Barreto, “Spain, Italy, Flanders: Some Dynamics of Neapolitan Renaissance Portrait”
Jens Baumgarten, “The Circulation of Concepts and Artifacts: Visual Systems in Colonial Brazil”
Maria Matilde Benzoni, (Università degli Studi di Milano), “Aspects of the Iberian Globalization. Artistic and Cultural Dynamics in Francesco Carletti’s Ragionamenti del mio viaggio intorno al mondo
Diane Bodart, “The King’s Ubiquity: Ceremonial Uses of the Royal Portrait in the Kingdoms of the Spanish Habsburgs”
Sabina de Cavi, “Neapolitan Renaissance Sculpture in Spanish Sardinia: A Matter of Archaisms and Style”
Sylvie Deswarte-Rosa, “The Fifth Empire and Prisca Pictura”
Jesús Escobar and Michael Schreffler, “The Spanish Habsburg Palace: Ideals and Innovations”
Laura Fenelli, “From Calabria to Uruguay: The Miraculous Image of St. Dominic of Soriano and its Copies around the Iberian Atlas”
Esteban García Brosseau, “Lust and Wanderlust in the Age of Iberian Expansion, from Portuguese India to the Viceroyalty of Peru”
Serge Gruzinski, “From Mexico City to Liampo: Sixteenth-century Arts in a Global Perspective”
Felipe Pereda, “Painters as ‘go-betweens’: Brussels, Venice, Seville”
Anette Schaffer, “Christ’s Suffering and the Power of Meaningful Forms: Michelangelo’s Crucifix for Vittoria Colonna in its Iberian Context”
Gabriela Siracusano and Agustina Rodríguez Romero, “In Need of Flames: The Appropriation of a Last Judgment Motif from Rome to the Globalized Christian World”