This panel will be dedicated to the study of the banquet and its visual representations in the Renaissance, taking account of iconographic material and conduct literature: the kind of food eaten or simply presented, the way the table was set, the rules regarding servants, the presence of musicians or musical instruments, the gestures of those eating or the sexual play between diners. In bringing together a vast material and immaterial corpus of sources for reading the table, dialogue between disciplines will provide a point of exchange for different, but complementary, approaches. Encompassing knowledge of the different constituent elements of the banquet, the aim will be to decipher the visual forms of conviviality, the vocabulary of the banquet and the artistic stakes in this theme of representation.
Please email an abstract (max. 150 words) and a short CV by May 21, 2010 to: Diane Bodart (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Valérie Boudier (email@example.com).
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