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Book launch - The Grace of the Italian Renaissance by Ita Mac Carthy



Book launch - The Grace of the Italian Renaissance by Ita Mac Carthy

Webinar with Ita Mac Carthy (Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the Durham University) in conversation with Patricia Emison (Art & Art History Professor at the University of New Hampshire), Paolo D’Angelo  (Professor of Aesthetics at Roma Tre University) and Martino Rossi Monti (Research Associate at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb).
The conversation will be chaired by Katia Pizzi, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute, while Ben Tate, Senior Editor at Princeton University Press, will raise a toast. Please bring you’re your favourite glassful to raise!

“Grace” emerges as a keyword in the culture and society of sixteenth-century Italy. The Grace of the Italian Renaissance explores how it conveys and connects the most pressing ethical, social and aesthetic concerns of an age concerned with the reactivation of ancient ideas in a changing world.

The book reassesses artists such as Francesco del Cossa, Raphael and Michelangelo and explores anew writers like Castiglione, Ariosto, Tullia d’Aragona and Vittoria Colonna. It shows how these artists and writers put grace at the heart of their work. Grace, Ita Mac Carthy argues, came to be as contested as it was prized across a range of Renaissance Italian contexts. It characterised emerging styles in literature and the visual arts, shaped ideas about how best to behave at court and sparked controversy about social harmony and human salvation.

For all these reasons, grace abounded in the Italian Renaissance, yet it remained hard to define. Mac Carthy explores what grace meant to theologians, artists, writers and philosophers, showing how it influenced their thinking about themselves, each other and the world. Ambitiously conceived and elegantly written, this book portrays grace not as a stable formula of expression but as a web of interventions in culture and society.

Paolo D’Angelo is Professor of Aesthetics at Roma Tre University. His numerous books include La tirannia delle emozioni (Il Mulino, 2020); Sprezzatura: The Art of Concealing Art (Columbia University Press, 2018); Ars est celare artem: da Aristotile a Duchamp (Quodlibet, 2005) and (with Stefano Velotti) Il “non so che”: Storia di una idea estetica (Aesthetica, 1997).

Martino Rossi Monti is Research Associate at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb. He has written a number of essays on the themes of grace and beauty of soul between Late Antiquity and the Renaissance as well as a book-length study entitled Il cielo in terra: la grazia fra teologia ed estetica (UTET, 2008).

Patricia Emison is Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Hampshire. Alongside the seminal essay entitled ‘Grazia’ (Renaissance Studies, 1991), her publications include Low and High Style in Italian Renaissance Art (Taylor & Francis, 2013); The Italian Renaissance and Cultural Memory (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Creating the “Divine” Artist: From Dante to Michelangelo (Brill, 2004).

Ita Mac Carthy is Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University. Her previous publications include essays on the grazia of Ariosto, Castiglione and Raphael; edited volumes on Cognitive Confusions: Dreams, Delusions and Illusions in Early Modern Culture(Legenda, 2017), and Renaissance Keywords (Legenda, 2013) and her first book, Women and the Making of Poetry in Ariosto’s Orlando furioso (Troubador Press, 2007).

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Meeting ID: 996 6832 6728
Passcode: 152770



Data: Mar 24 Nov 2020

Orario: Alle 18:00

Organizzato da : Durham University

In collaborazione con : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero


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