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"Religion, Ritual and Performance in the Renaissance" Symposium

Friday, April 26, 2013 at 8:45am to 7:00pm

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.

Friday, April 26

8:45 am – AMAM Doors Open


9:00 – 10:15 am

Giampietrino’s Cleopatra in the Allen Memorial Art Museum:  Conservation, Technical Examination and Research

Andrea Chevalier, Senior Paintings Conservator, ICA-Art Conservation, and Andria Derstine, John G. W. Cowles Director, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College


Alessandro Cesati’s Cameo of Philip II and the Performance of Renaissance Carved Gems

Jon Seydl, Paul J. and Edith Ingalls Vignos, Jr. Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture (1500-1800), Cleveland Museum of Art


“Lieux cloz et fermez”: Religious Performance, Ritual Display and Order Within City Walls in the Sixteenth Century

Ellen Wurtzel, Assistant Professor of History, Oberlin College


10:15 – 10:30 am, Break


10:30 – 11:45 am

Hidden Messages and Pious Making in Early Modern Art
Christina Neilson, Assistant Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art History, Oberlin College


How the Non-Liturgical Altarpiece Communicated Undefined Doctrine

Edward Olszewski, Emeritus Professor of Art History, Case Western Reserve University


Performing Childhood:  Gender and Youth in Sofonisba Anguissola’s Double Portrait of a Boy and Girl of the Attavanti Family

Lisa Yanofsky ’13, Oberlin College & Conservatory Student, Art History and Vocal Performance


11:45 am – 12:15 pm, Discussion


12:15 – 1:15 pm, Break for Lunch

1:15 – 2:30 pm

Ritual, Performativity, and the Shroud of Turin as Devotional Image in Early Modern Italy

Andrew Casper, Assistant Professor, Art History, Miami University of Ohio


The Visual Rhetoric of Carpe Diem

Wendy Beth Hyman, Assistant Professor of English, Oberlin College


Relics, Saints, and Seductions in Romeo and Juliet and Venus and Adonis

Cora Henry ’13, Oberlin College Student, English


2:30 – 2:45 pm, Break


2:45 – 4:00 pm

To Have and To Hold:  Possessing the Sacred in the Late Renaissance

Erin Benay, Assistant Professor, Southern Renaissance and Baroque Art, Case Western Reserve University


[Uno] Miracolo da far stupire:  Transformation and Il Guercino's St. Francis in Ecstasy with St. Benedict

Steven Plank, Andrew B. Meldrum Professor of Musicology, Oberlin Conservatory of Music


Broken Rituals, Rediscovered Bonds:  Fragmentation and Restitution in the Allen’s Renaissance Exhibition

Nicholas Jones, Professor of English, Oberlin College


4:00 – 5:00 pm, Discussion


5:00 – 7:00 pm, Reception     


8:00 pm, Collegium Musicum Oberliniense Concert, Fairchild Chapel


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Arts, International/Cultural, Info Sessions/Presentations




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