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"Religion, Ritual and Performance in the Renaissance" Symposium

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 11:00am to 6:30pm

Allen Memorial Art Museum, King Sculpture Court 87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

On Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26, the AMAM will host a scholarly symposium related to the Religion, Ritual and Performance in the Renaissance exhibition, which presents important Renaissance paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the AMAM and the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) collections. The symposium - free and open to the public - will be held in the museum's King Sculpture Court, and will last from 11am to 6:30pm on April 25, and from 9am to 5pm on April 26.

Presenters include Oberlin College faculty members from the Art, English, History and Musicology departments, three Oberlin College students who were selected via a competitive process, faculty from Case Western Reserve University, Washington & Lee University, Miami University of Ohio, and Ohio State University, along with staff from the AMAM, the YUAG, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Intermuseum Conservation Association. These two days promise to be exciting ones, and the public is warmly urged to attend. Presentations will range widely on topics related to medieval, Renaissance and baroque art, literature, history and music, as well as pilgrimage and religious practice.


Thursday, April 25

11:00 – 11:15 am


Andria Derstine, John G. W. Cowles Director, Allen Memorial Art Museum

11:15 am – Noon

Keynote, “On Connoisseurship”

Laurence Kanter ’76, Chief Curator and Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art, Yale University Art Gallery


Noon – 12:50 pm

Family Values and Public Ritual in Late Medieval Florence

George Bent ’85, Sidney Gause Childress Professor in the Arts, Washington & Lee University


Ritual Openings

Elina Gertsman, Assistant Professor, Medieval Art, Case Western Reserve University


12:50 – 1:15 pm, Discussion


1:15 – 2:30 pm, Break for Lunch


2:30 – 3:45 pm

Late Medieval Pilgrims and Italian Renaissance Art:  Problems of Time and Space

Erik Inglis (OC ’89), Professor, Medieval Art History, Oberlin College


A Merging of Spheres:  The Use of Images in Books of Hours for Communal Orthopraxy

Diana Navarrete ’13, Oberlin College Student, Art History and Religion


Art and Ritual in Filarete’s Bronze Doors for St. Peter’s in Rome

Robert Glass, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Oberlin College


3:45 – 4:00 pm, Break


4:00 – 5:15 pm

Painting as Sacred Guarantor:  How a New Covenant is Established in Raphael’s Expulsion of Heliodorus

Christian Kleinbub, Associate Professor, History of Art, The Ohio State University


Naked or Nude?  Showing Saint Sebastian

William Hood, Mildred C. Jay Professor of Art Emeritus, Oberlin College


Musical Mourning, Commemoration, and the Introit Requiem aeternam in Motets, ca. 1500

David J. Rothenberg, Associate Professor, Musicology, Case Western Reserve University


5:15 – 6:00 pm, Discussion


6:00 – 6:30 pm, Music from manuscript leaves in the Allen Memorial Art Museum collection on view in the exhibition Private Prayer, Public Performance:  Religious Books of the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance / Introduction by Sara Green (OC 2012), AMAM Curatorial Assistant / Performance by Members of the Collegium Musicum Oberliniense under the direction of Steven Plank, Professor of Musicology, Oberlin Conservatory of Music


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Arts, International/Cultural, Info Sessions/Presentations




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