Founded in 1987, the Italian Art Society is dedicated to the study of Italian art and architecture from prehistory to the present day. With a membership of more than 350 established and emerging scholars, graduate students, and aficionados, the IAS is a vital force in generating new knowledge about the visual arts on the Italian peninsula and neighboring islands. It actively promotes scholarly exchange through the IAS/Kress Lecture Series in Italy, sponsored sessions at six major North American conferences (American Association of Italian Studies, College Art Association, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Renaissance Society of America, Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, and Society of Architectural Historians), travel grants for scholars presenting at these conferences, and research and publication grants to scholars working on Italian topics. The IAS newsletter, website, and blog are further resources, designed to share news in to the field of Italian art studies and to enable members to engage each other on issues of mutual interest.

The Italian Art Society is a 501(c)(3) public charity; all contributions are tax deductible to the amount permitted by law.

12th Annual IAS/Kress Lecture

Event Description

Please join us in Venice (or online) for the upcoming Twelfth Annual IAS/Kress Lecture, which will be held on Friday, June 30, at the Fondazione Cini in Venice.

We are looking forward to the lecture by this year’s speaker, Jodi Cranston, Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Boston University and author of Green Worlds of Renaissance Venice (Penn State University Press 2019). Cranston’s lecture, “The Worn Animal: Furs and Perfume in Early Modern Venetian Art” (delivered in English), is related to research undertaken for a forthcoming book entitled Animal Sightings: Art, Animals, and Court Culture, 1400 – 1550, which is scheduled to be published by Penn State University Press in 2025.

If you will be in Venice, please join us before the event for a coffee welcome at 16.00, followed by the lecture and a Q&A from 17.00 to 18.30 in the historic Sala Barbantini, with introductions in person from Luca Massimo Barbero (Director of the Institute of Art History, Fondazione Cini) and IAS President Tenley Bick remotely.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural livestream of the Lecture, the IAS is delighted be able to make the Lecture accessible in a hybrid format for the second year in a row. Stay tuned for instructions about remote access.

The IAS will offer an aperitivo and cocktail hour after the event, from 18.30 to 20.00, to all attendees in the beautiful cloisters of the Cini. All are welcome. My sincere thanks go to the Kress Foundation and to the Fondazione Cini for their support.

Thanks to the support of the Kress, the IAS congratulates Jensina Endresen (University of Colorado, Denver), this year’s winner of the IAS/Kress Lecture ESC Travel Grant, which supports travel for an emerging scholar to attend the IAS/Kress Lecture in Italy.

This event is supported by the Italian Art Society and generous support from the Kress Foudnation.

The event is free and open to the public. The livestream will be available on the Fondazione Cini YouTube channel. More details to follow. 

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12th Annual IAS/Kress Lecture

Where: In-person at the Fondazione Cini in Venice, Italy; with live-streaming for remote attendees (details to follow)

When: Friday 30 June 2023

  • Coffee break at 16.00, preceding the event
  • Lecture and q&a 17.00–18.30
  • Introductions by Luca Massimo Barbero (Director of the Institute of Art History, Fondazione Cini) and Tenley Bick (IAS President)
  • Aperitivo and cocktails in the cloisters from 18.30–20.00

What: Dr. Jodi Cranston, Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Boston University “The Worn Animal: Furs and Perfume in Early Modern Venetian Art” (delivered in English)

https://www.cini.it/eventi/conferenza-ias-kress-lecture 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCupCuYITPUiZl55XqhLtDfg 


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