For RSA 2014, held in New York, for the panel "Art and its Classes” speakers are invited to explore how social mobility (or lack thereof) influenced patronage, creation and study of art during the Renaissance, and/or address the wider question of elitism in art history. Topics could include but are not limited to:
· how Giorgio Vasari’s position at court influenced his Lives
· Karel van Mander’s nobility and his Het Schilderboek
· group patronage among the lower and emerging middle classes
· ennobling of artists (Michelangelo, Titian, Giambologna among others)
· social mobility expressed through display at French, English, Italian or German courts
· early modern/contemporary distinctions between "high” and "low” art
· collecting "exotic” art and objects from outside Europe (and vice versa) as class markers
· current diffusion of and /or "dumbing down” of Renaissance art history via television, video games, social media and public history.
Please send 150 word abstracts and a short c.v. to Meghan Callahan and David Boffa (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) by May 30.
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