Rituals and the Renaissance in Italy with Allison Levy
This conversation explores the relationship between social rituals associated with the life-cycle – birth, childhood, marriage, family, home, career, community, friendship, and death – and visual and material culture. We will consider drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture produced in Italy between c. 1350 and 1550, as well as material objects, including birth trays, marriage beds and chests, tapestries and other domestic furnishings, games and books, flags and banners, portraits, jewelry, costume, and ceremonial objects.
Join art historian Allison Levy on a virtual journey across a wide range of ritual sites: public streets, piazzas, and loggias; private homes and gardens; orphanages, hospitals, and churches; civic buildings and meeting halls; monasteries and libraries. Learn about the rituals of daily life that played out within those sites day after day, year after year, century after century. Explore the visual and material culture associated with Renaissance rituals in this heavily illustrated webinar that draws upon museum collections in Italy, the U.S., and the UK, from marble tombs in Tuscan churches to a leather parade shield in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; from glazed terracotta in the Metropolitan Museum of Art to embroidered gloves in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Led by an expert on Italian Renaissance art, Allison Levy, this interactive seminar will explore the relationship between social rituals associated with the life-cycle – birth, childhood, marriage, family, home, career, community, friendship, and death – and visual and material culture in Renaissance Italy. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of both the sites and sights of the rituals of everyday life between c. 1350 and 1550.
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Allison Levy is Digital Scholarship Editor and Visiting Scholar in Italian Studies at Brown University. An art historian, she has published widely on early modern Italian visual and material culture. Allison has held teaching appointments at University College London, Wheaton College, and Tulane University, and she has worked for Context in Florence and New York City since 2005.