March 2017


Renaissance Society of America (RSA)

  • Thursday, 30 March 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, 1 April 2017 - 6:00pm
The Palmer House Hilton - Chicago
Detail of the Spada Chapel in San Girolamo della Carità, Rome

AAR-SOF will sponsor five panels at the Chicago 2017 meeting of the RSA.

"Chapels in Roman Churches between the Cinquecento and the Seicento: Form and Meaning”
Chairs: Steve F. Ostrow (University of Minnesota, FAAR‘02) and Patrizia Tosini (Universita di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale)
Two panels on church interiors in the pre- and post-Tridentine era as complex sites for the elaborate self-representation of individuals, families, and social groups. Panelists present their historical, philological, and iconographic research to offer new insights about some of Rome's most venerable liturgical sites.
Chapels in Roman Churches I -- Sat April 1, 1.30-3pm in Palmer House Hilton, 7th floor, Burnham 2
Chapels in Roman Churches II -- Sat April 1, 3.30-5pm in Palmer House Hilton, 7th floor, Burnham 2

"Thomism and Renaissance”
Chair: Alison Frazier (University of Texas at Austin, FAAR‘98)
Two panels commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Paul Oskar Kristeller's "Le Thomisme et la pensee italienne de la Renaissance" (1967) which argued the continuity, during the era of renaissance humanism, of philosophical positions and methods associated with medieval scholasticism. Each panel features an eminent senior historian of philosophy as respondent.
Thomism and Renaissance I -- Sat April 1, 8.30-10am in Palmer House Hilton, 7th floor, Clark 10
Thomism and Renaissance II -- Sat April 1, 10.30-12pm in ditto

"Reading the Symbols: Pathways in Renaissance Iconography”
Chair: Marco Antonio Piana (McGill University)
During the Renaissance, the relationship between word and image was closely subordinated to specific cultural dynamics. The conception of iconography, tied to visual or textual archetypes, matured with the development of humanism, which introduced a new way of interpreting literary and material sources and provided new perspectives on the classical past. The aim of this panel is to analyze and discuss a range of sixteenth-century iconographies in order to better understand the intellectual dynamics behind their construction. Focus will fall on semantic shifts and innovative symbolism.
Reading the Symbols -- Th 30 March, 10.30-12pm in Palmer House Hilton, 7th floor, LaSalle 2