The Baroque Page: Image and Text
Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library
A new tension between texts, forms, and images characterizes the culture of the Baroque Age. During this period, the iconoclastic debates of the Protestant Reformation and the reaction to them in the Catholic Reformation sparked a rethinking of the role of images - not only within a religious context, but also within the political, philosophical, and literary spheres. Our symposium will examine this renewed cultural interest in the relationship between text and image, logos and eikon, which, at the roots of modernity, penetrated deeply into European consciousness, and left its mark well beyond its time, and into our own.
The symposium will also investigate the problematical relationship between images and texts. We hope to broaden the terms of the discussion on Baroque texts and their relationship with both pictorial and mental images, within a pan-European context. Our approach will be interdisciplinary, open to every European tradition, and welcoming contributions from scholars of literature, history, art history, philosophy, theology, political science, etc.
This symposium has been made possible by the generous support of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost, European Studies Council, Title IV Grant, Department of Italian Language and Literature, Department of Classics, Department of Music, Department of Philosophy, Film Studies Program, and Institute of Sacred Music.
Friday, April 29 / Saturday, April 30