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CFP — IAS sponsored session at RSA Dublin 2021

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      Cristelle Baskins

      Painted Faces: Documenting the Tradition and Reach of the Renaissance Frescoed Façade in Rome and Beyond In early sixteenth-century Rome, as the architectural language of grand domestic spaces was being further refined, elaborate façade fresco decorations came into incredible popularity. These cycles, some of which were designed to root the structure (and its owner) in the rich fabric of Roman antiquity and others of which were simply aimed to make a humble space more imposing, were celebrated in their day and even documented (albeit sporadically) by artists. Other European capitals adopted similar tradition and thereby established a discourse on architectural adornment that would carry on over time. This session welcomes papers that explore this practice in Rome and beyond from various perspectives, such as its earlier roots in the era, it relations to the concurrent practice elsewhere in Italy (such as in Venice, where the tradition has arguably been more extensively studied), or the larger implications of these “painted faces” as a mode of artistic exchange.

      Alexis Culotta, Tulane

      Renaissance, Rome, Venice, fresco, frescoed facades, chiaroscuro, sgraffitto, architecture, artistic exchange, scenography

      Please send proposals to the organizer ( by Monday, July 13, 2020.  Paper proposals must include:

      • Abstract (150 words max)
      • Paper title (25 words max)
      • Your full name, current affiliation, email address, and Ph.D. completion date (past or expected)
      • A briefv. (300 words max, and must be in a list – not narrative – form)
      • A list of keywords (8 max)

      *Please note: Speakers must become IAS and RSA members by Aug 15.

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