There are numerous examples of social gatherings in the interiors set aside for displaying one's household goods and art collection, and of art displayed in spaces designated for literary discussion in the Early Modern period. This new emphasis on objects in the interior is evident by the late fifteenth century. In 1492 Count Jacopo di Porzia admired the beauty of Venetian homes in his De Reipubblicaie Venetiae administratione. In his opinion they granted one the privilege of observing taste and all that embellished residential spaces. Similarly Giacomo Lanteri's 1560 treatise, Della economica trattato di M. Giacomo Lanteri gentiluomo, prescribes household management, including specific instruction on selecting objects. The Venetian author Francesco Sansovino, in his 1581 guide to the city, when praising the collection of the patrician Giacomo Contarini, a patron of Galileo and the architect Andrea Palladio, also made clear that artists and intellectuals were frequent guests there. Far from forming part of the stage set for this socialising, however, the objects and paintings within these spaces became part of the fabric of discourse, indispensible to the act of social exchange. Proposals for papers (150 words + 1-page CV) dealing with any facet of the use of works of art as sociable goods are welcome. Papers could address how objects are described or used as part of the discourse, the use of objects to solidify relationships in correspondence, or the relationship between the position of objects within a display and the effects on discourse. Non-Venetian topics are welcome. DEADLINE: 1 June 2012.
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