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Early Modern Intermediality

Friday, March 2, 2018 (All day)
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building

Free & Open to the Public

Organized by Fabio Barry (Stanford) and Evonne Levy (Toronto)
Stanford University, 2-3 March 2018

This conference addresses the theme of “intermediality” in early modern art (c. 1400-1650). From the fifteenth century on, the diversification of media and growing dialectic between modalities of art making catalyzed the theorization of media. Successive themes included disegno vs. colore, the paragone, the bel composto, and others. Central to these theorizations was the role of disegno (“drawing”/”design”).

By the mid-sixteenth century, Italian theorists upheld disegno as the parent of all the arts, and both the concept and practice subsumed all artistic creation into a single faculty. The various papers consider the medial consequences of this mindset, whether the expanded role of preparatory drawings, clay and wax sketches, or prints as brokers of intermedial thinking. Papers examine intermedial, transmedial, and supramedial practice and theory in painting, sculpture, and architecture.

Friday, March 2 ~ 10am-6:00pm
10:00-13:00: Evonne Levy, Toronto; Fabio Barry, Stanford; Nichola Suthor, Yale
14.30-18:00: Carmen Bambach, MMA; Shawon Kinew, Stanford; Ivana Vranic, UVC; Susan Dackerman, Stanford

Saturday, March 3 ~ 2:30pm-6:00pm
Tom Cummins, Harvard; Michael Waters, Columbia; Madeleine Viljoen, NYPL; Peter Parshall, NGA

Image: Dürer - Salvator Mundi

VISITOR INFORMATION: Oshman Hall is located in the McMurtry Building on Stanford’s campus, at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free after 4pm on weekdays, except by the oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

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