The Baroque Page: Image and Text

Friday, April 29, 2011 - 8:30am to Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 5:00pm

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

Friday, April 29, 2011

Tour of the Baroque Art at the Yale Art Gallery
111 Chapel Street

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street
12:00-4:00p.m.Registration and Book Exhibition

Depicting Literature: The Aesthetics of the Baroque
Moderator: Professor Roberto Gonzalez-Echevarria, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

 Style and the State: Aesthetics of an English Literary Baroque
Michael Komorowski, Yale University
 Recognition and Reversal: The Mirror Metaphor in Mirtilla and Amor nello specchio
Alexia Ferracuti, Yale University
 Reforming the Christian Body: A Reading of Bernardo Castello’s Designs for Canto 19 of the Gerusalemme Liberata
Melissa Swain, New York University
 Relic Translation and Fernão Mendes Pinto’s Peregrinaçam: A Dialogue Between Saintly Object and Secular Text
Rachel Stein, Columbia University
3:30p.m.Welcoming Remarks
Professor Elisabetta Selmi, University of Padua
3:50p.m.Introduction to Keynote
Professor Millicent Marcus, Department of Italian
4:00p.m.Keynote Address
Tasso and the Post-Tridentine Controversies on Images
Professor Giuseppe Mazzotta, Department of Italian

Concert by Robert Mealy (Yale - School of Music)
Musical Rhetoric: The Baroque Text as Sound


Whitney Humanities Center - 53 Wall Street
Reception, Room 108

Film screening of Roberto Rossellini’s The Taking of Power by Louis XIV
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street
8:30a.m.Baroque Art: Between the Sacred and the Secular
Moderator: Professor Joost Keizer, Department of Art History
 ‘Facitor de l’imagini.’ The Spectacle of Creation in Michelangelo and Tasso”
Giulia Cardillo, Yale University
 Epic Interruption: Tasso, Piazzetta and the Tailplate
Adam Eaker, Columbia University
 The Eye of the Soul: Visual Sources of Admiratio in the Images of Ignacio de Loyola and El Greco
Jeffrey Weiner, University of California, Berkeley
10:15a.m.The Art of Ecstasy in Baroque Catholicism
Carlos Eire, Department of History, and Religious Studies
11:00a.m.Questioning Bodies and Minds in the Baroque
Moderator: Karsten Harries, Department of Philosophy
 Flesh and Ornament in Some Early Modern Anatomical Works
Allison Stielau, Yale University

Pathology and Image in Jean Fernel’s Pathologiae Libri VII and Ambroise Paré’s Monstres and Prodiges
Yuri Kondratiev, Brown University

 From the Face of Medusa to the Ghost of Lull: The Ethical Value of Bruno’s Figures in the Lampas Combinatoria Lulliana
Eleonora Buonocore, Yale University
12:30-1:30p.m.Lunch (on your own)
1:30p.m.The Heritage of the Baroque
Moderator: Francesco Casetti, Film Studies Program
 ‘E mutole parlavano:’ Philosophy of Imprese in Vico’s and Tesauro’s Frontispieces
Alessio Lerro, Rutgers University
 Nietzsche and the Early Opera: A Study in Performance and Theatrical Philosophy
Joseph Cermatori, Columbia University
 Quevedo, Alberti, and the Canvas: The Presence of the Silva “El Pincel” in Two Sonnets from A la Pintura by Rafael Alberti (1945)
Leticia Mercado, Boston College
3:00p.m.Pictures of Action in Shakespearean Tragedy
Sarah Beckwith, Duke University
4:00p.m.Round Table
Moderator: Professor Erminia Ardissino, University of Turin
Noah Dion, Department of Renaissance Studies and Classics; Stanley Levers, Department of Italian; Christopher Nixon, Department of Italian; Elena Pellus, Department of Spanish and Portuguese



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