Early Modern Interdisciplinary Seminar
Wednesday, 15th February, 12-1:15pm, History Faculty, Room 5
Dr Alex Robinson (Sorbonne)
‘Et le roi prit tant plaisir à la musique’: Royal taste and music in the Renaissance – the case of Henri IV of France (1589-1610).
Early Modern British and Irish History Seminar
Wednesday, 15 February, 5.15pm, Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall
Elly Robson (Wolfson),
‘“Unles ye bee stronger then wee”: contested justice, sovereignty and violence in seventeenth-century fenland drainage riots’
Early Modern Economic and Social History Seminar
Thursday, 16th February, 5 PM, Room 9 of the History Faculty
Julie Hardwick (University of Texas at Austin)
Accounting for women: account books, petty commerce and re-thinking the transition to capitalism
In 17th-century France, even small-scale traders used ‘account books’ as instruments of everyday commercial activity. Wives usually kept accounts in small enterprises, producing perhaps the largest surviving corpus of non-elite women’s writing. The ‘books’ were freighted with legal, commercial, cultural and personal meanings. The gendering of financial record keeping is one of the ways in which women were integral in the intensification of market practices.
Early Modern European History Seminar
Thursday, 16 February 2017, 1-2pm, Green Room, Gonville and Caius College
“The Trouble with Community and Diaspora: Ottomans in Vienna and Trieste in the 18th century.”
David Do Paço (Paris, Sciences Po)
London Shakespeare Seminar
Monday 13 February, 5:15-7:00 PM, Senate Room, Senate House Library
Katherine Schaap Williams, ‘Unfixing Renaissance Disability’
Simon Smith, ‘Acting Amiss: Pleasure, Judgement and the Early Modern Actor’
Papers will be followed by questions, and then drinks and dinner at Busaba Eathai Bloomsbury (Goodge Street). For more information and to be included on the LSS mailing list please contact Gemma Miller at email@example.com.
Courtauld Institute of Art
Monday, 13 February 2017, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Research Forum seminar room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN
‘The making of the sixteenth-century interior in England’
Prof. Maurice Howard (University of Sussex)
The physical interiors of early modern England exist now only in fragments or later re-modellings, but piecing together this evidence shows how care for materials, improvisation and a willingness to use painted illusion gave internal spaces a degree of visual cohesion. Three other kinds of evidence offer more to the historian: the documentary sources of commissions and inventories, the small but significant number of representations in paint and print, the descriptions of contemporaries, all of which sometimes complement each other but often tell us more about their various and highly individual modes and conventions of recording than give us a composite understanding.
Maurice Howard is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Sussex. His books include The Early Tudor Country House 1490-1550 (1987), The Tudor Image (1995), and The Building of Elizabethan and Jacobean England (2007). He co-authored The Vyne: A Tudor House Revealed (2003), and co-edited Painting in Britain 1500-1630 (2015). He was Senior Subject Specialist for the Tudor and Stuart sections of the British Galleries at the V&A, and is a former President of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the current President of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Research Forum Seminar Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN
‘Portraits of Art Collectors in Mid-Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth-Century Venice’
Prof. Linda Borean (Università degli Studi di Udine)
In the Cinquecento and Early Seicento, Venetian portraiture developed a sub-genre depicting portraits of art collectors. These, have been generally investigated taking into account the connections between the artist and the patron, since many of them have been executed by the foremost painters and sculptors of the period, including Lorenzo Lotto, Paolo Veronese, Jacopo Tintoretto, Palma il Giovane, Bernardo Strozzi and Tiberio Tinelli. In this paper, I would like to shift the attention from these relationships to focus instead on the way in which portraits shed light on the biographies of the art collectors as we know them from wills, inventories, printed biographies and poetic compositions. This paper explores this topic by examining a series of case studies, including those of Andrea Odoni, Giovanni Paolo Cornaro, Alessandro Vittoria, Bartolomeo dalla Nave, Alvise Molin and Giovan Donato Correggio.
Linda Borean has been Professor of History of Art at the University of Udine since 2001. She is member of the Committee of the Ph.D in Art History. She has been Getty Scholar (2003/2004) and Andrew Mellon Senior Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum in New York (2012/2013). Linda Borean’s research, supported by some grants (Francis Haskell Memorial Fund, Royal Society of Edimburgh Grants in Humanities), concerns history of art and art collecting in Venice in early modern age. She has been member of the project Il collezionismo d’arte a Venezia supported by the Fondazione di Venezia and by the Getty Research Institute. In this context, she is the co-editor of the volumes Il collezionismo d’arte a Venezia. Il Seicento (2007) and Il collezionismo d’arte a Venezia. Il Settecento (2009). She has published essays in international journals (Arte Veneta; The Burlington Magazine) and given papers in international symposiums, universities (University of St. Andrews; Pune, India, Technology Institute; Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence; INHA, Paris) and museums (London, National Gallery; Madrid, Prado; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts).
Society, Culture & Belief, 1500-1800 Seminar (IHR)
Thursday, 16 February, 17:30, John S Cohen Room N203, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House
‘The Company of Inmates: Collective Identity and Self-government in the 17th-century London Prison’
Richard Thomas Bell (Stanford University)
Tudor & Stuart History Seminar
Monday, 13 February, 17:15, Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House
‘Henry VIII, the colonisation of Boulogne and the development of the English Empire’
Neil Murphy (Northumbria University)
‘Ralph Sheldon of Beoley & Weston (1537-1613): No Catholic or no consequences?’
Hilary Turner (Independent scholar)