CFP RSA 2012 – “Playing with Convention: Humor and the Early Modern Portrait”

Announcing a Call for Papers—May 20, 2011 Deadline Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 22-24 March 2012 “Playing with Convention: Humor and the Early Modern Portrait” We seek paper proposals on works that appear to manipulate the conventions of portraiture.  In particular, we are interested in visual representations that exploit strategies of irony, comedy, … Continue reading

Upcoming Publications

I have two contributions in Aurora: The Journal of the History of Art, vol. XI, to be published in November of 2010. First, my article “The Elephant in the Living Room: Jan Steen’s Fantasy Interior as Parodic Portrait of the Schoutens.” Here’s a synopsis: The Dutch painter Jan Steen (ca. 1626–79) is well known for his topsy-turvy comic … Continue reading

Defining Community Through Laughter

Along with a dear colleague, Sandra Cheng, I am co-chairing two sessions at the upcoming Renaissance Society of America annual meeting in beautiful Venice, Italy.  Our sessions are on Friday, April 9 at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on Isola San Giorgio Maggiore. Professor David Levine will be serving as our respondent, facilitating wide-ranging fruitful discussions … Continue reading

Venus was a Nun

Venus was a Nun: and Other Things Your Mother Never Told You Though my post‘s title may sound like a Monty Python quip, it derives from a real phenomenon, that of syncretism. Syncretism is the reconciliation of disparate or contradictory beliefs, a term first coined by Plutarch (“Fraternal Love,” Moralia [2.490b], 1st c. AD).  It … Continue reading