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The “Humanistic villa” in Italy

Numero 11, 2018

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deadline: November 30th 2017 

In the issue of Opus Incertum dedicated to the “medieval villas” (N.S., I, 2015) we decided to select a number of buildings between the 13th and 15th century which, according to each specific geopolitical area, reveal strong personality and dignity, matching forms and contents related to the ideas of defence, comfort, representativeness.

In the present issue we are working at, which will be dedicated to the “humanistic villas”, the focus will go towards significant buildings that show a contamination of this rich architectural tradition with more or less consistent elements migrated from Antiquity. The outcome will be a series of buildings where classical elements coexist or conflict with medieval ones, where “all’antica” parts interact with the traditional architectural schemes, as precious Latinisms, sometimes appropriately, some other times not. Such intersections and combinations do not seem to be the result of a fallback, a misunderstanding or a more general conservative attitude that prevents from adopting the new trend, but rather appear as that specific form through which the classical language will manifest inside the consolidated genre of the villa.

The historical-geographical context will extend from the 15th to the 16th century, covering the hole Italian territory, giving special attention to Rome and the central-southern areas.

The issue will be edited by Alessandro Rinaldi.

The deadline for sending the abstracts (1000-1500 characters long) is 30th November 2017.

Three main keywords are requested together with the abstract.


Posted: 2017-10-25

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Coffered wooden ceilings in Florence and Rome in the Early Modern Age

Numero 10, 2017

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deadline: March 10th 2017 

The recent historiography has neglected the studies on the coffered ceilings in the early modern age, despite their exceptional artistic and technical quality, as well as the figurative centrality that those artefacts played in the Renaissance architecture. Carved, sculpted, painted, enriched with woodcuts and stucco, soft wood and papier-mâché; gold coated and lighted in bright red and deep blue, the coffered ceilings are poly-material masterpieces: the result of multiple trades, cross-cutting technical knowledge and multiple artistic statutes. Their diffusion during the Renaissance is immediate and pervasive: in few years they renewed the aisles of the ancient basilicas, such as San Marco and Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome; the abbey church of Farfa; Santa Maria della Quercia in Viterbo and many others. In newly built churches - such as in San Lorenzo and in the Magi Chapel in the Palazzo Medici in Florence - the coffered wooden ceilings emulate the ancient glory, as well as in the halls, in the rooms and in the studioli.

The special issue of “Opus Incertum”, edited by Gianluca Belli, Claudia Conforti, Maria Grazia D'Amelio and Francesca Funis, aspires to document and analyse, through case studies, the Renaissance revival of the coffered wooden ceilings and their fortune; the techniques and the artists who created and shaped them; their procurement and the particular wood used; the literary and artistic sources that gave information and provide prescriptions and descriptions.

The historical and geographical boundaries are limited into the Tuscany and Florence during the Medici, and in Rome and the Papal States, with particular attention to the XV and XVI centuries.

An abstract of at least 1,000 and no more than 1,500 characters, with three keywords, must be submitted no later than March 10th.

Posted: 2017-02-14

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Soffitti lignei cassettonati a Firenze e a Roma in Età Moderna

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deadline: 10 marzo 2017 

La storiografia recente ha trascurato lo studio dei soffitti a cassettoni o a lacunari di età moderna, nonostante le loro eccezionali qualità artistiche e tecniche, e la centralità figurativa che hanno avuto nell’architettura rinascimentale. Intagliati, scolpiti, commessi, dipinti, arricchiti  da xilografie, da ornati in stucco, in legni teneri e in cartapesta; rivestiti in oro, accesi di rossi e di turchini, i soffitti a lacunari sono capolavori polimaterici, frutto di mestieri molteplici, di conoscenze tecniche trasversali e di statuti artistici plurimi. La loro diffusione nell’architettura rinascimentale è subitanea e pervasiva: in poche decine di anni essi rinnovano le navate di antiche basiliche, come San Marco e Santa Maria Maggiore a Roma; la chiesa abbaziale di Farfa; quella di Santa Maria della Quercia a Viterbo e moltissime altre. Nelle chiese di nuova costruzione, come a San Lorenzo e nella cappella dei Magi in palazzo Medici a Firenze, i soffitti a lacunari emulano e surclassano i fasti antichi, così come nelle sale, nella camere e negli studioli dei palazzi.

Il numero monografico di “Opus Incertum”, coordinato da Gianluca Belli, Claudia Conforti, Maria Grazia D’Amelio e Francesca Funis, aspira a documentare e ad analizzare, attraverso casi esemplari, la rinascita rinascimentale dei soffitti lignei a lacunari e la loro fortuna; le tecniche e gli artisti che li hanno ideati e modellati; l’approvvigionamento e le specie legnose utilizzate; le fonti letterarie e artistiche che ne danno notizie e forniscono prescrizioni e descrizioni.

L’ambito storico-geografico è circoscritto alla Toscana fiorentina e medicea, e a Roma e allo Stato pontificio, con particolare attenzione ai secoli XV e XVI.

È richiesta la redazione di un abstract della lunghezza compresa tra le 1000 e le1500 battute, che dovrà essere sottoposto entro e non oltre il 10 marzo. Si chiede di associare all’abstract 3 parole chiave.

Posted: 2017-02-14
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