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The Historical Imagination of Renaissance Art

 June 7 - 8, 2002

The aim of this gathering was to ponder the question, "What would it mean to press the vulnerabilities of Panofsky's career-guiding thesis—in which a sharp-focused, "perspectival" image of the past was the defining criterion of the Renaissance, indeed of modernity? The case against this legendary thesis is seldom made systematically, and certainly not by art historians. But what would a substantial revision of this position look like? Talks covered a wide range of media including paintings, sculpture, and prints while centering on the image of antiquity and the Middle Ages in the Renaissance. This colloquium was organized by Alexander Nagel, University of Toronto, and Christopher Wood, Yale University.

Participants included: Nicola Courtright (Amherst College), Patricia Emison (University of New Hampshire), Hubertus Günther (Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Zürich), Geraldine Johnson (Oxford University), Ethan Matt Kavaler (University of Toronto), Alina Payne (University of Toronto), Anne-Marie Sankovitch (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University), Marvin Trachtenberg (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University), and Gerhard Wolf (Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Trier).