This panel seeks to move beyond a current interest in violence in the Renaissance - its representation in images or artists' biographies - to investigate and theorize its more subtle forms and their relation to artistic process and creativity in the early modern period. Bruno Latour's idea of 'creative destruction' - the slippage, uncertainty or overlap between making and breaking in the realm of images, offers a conceptual point of departure for our session. Papers that rethink or problematize conventional models and ideals of Renaissance production and art theory in fresh terms are especially welcome, in addition to those which address the physicality, material conditions, psychological and philosophical bases of artmaking.
Possible topics for consideration include, but are not limited to:
- physical force and the forza of art
- ruination, imagination and artistic inspiration
- the fragmentation and dissemination of artworks
- artistic transgression, idolatry and iconoclasm
- historiographic breaks and remakes
- artists' destruction of their own and others' works
Please submit a 150-word abstract and one-page CV to Anna Kim, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2013.
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