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Read the Grace of Italian Renaissance

15 March 2022 - 15 March 2022

4:00PM - 6:00PM

In-Person venue ER155 Elvet Riverside and via Zoom

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Professor Ita Mac Carthy from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures presents the fourth of our CVAC 'Research Conversation' events.

Our fourth CVAC research conversation will take place on Tuesday 15 March 2022 at 4pm. Professor Ita Mac Carthy from the School of Modern Languages and Culture will be speaking in a research conversation about ‘Keywords for Pictures: ‘Grace’ and the Experience of Art’.. The research conversation will be chaired by CVAC co-director Professor Christina Riggs and will be responded to by Dr Jane Heath from the Department of Theology and Religion.

CVAC's Research Conversations bring Durham academics from different disciplines together to share work-in-progress and discuss new research in visual arts and culture. These Research Conversations will take place both in-person (subject to University guidance this will be held in person (Room ER155 Elvet Riverside) and online via Zoom. Due to current coronavirus restrictions, attendance in person is limited to staff and students at Durham University.

Register for the series here: (N.B If you registered for previous conversations in 2021-22 you do not need to re-register).

‘Keywords for Pictures: ‘Grace’ and the Experience of Art’.

Can words really match the experience of looking at art, as Michael Baxandall once proposed? What does early modern art criticism offer by way of a guide? And, how – precisely – do words help us see? This presentation reveals how a greater understanding of early modern grazia (grace) allows one to view 15th- and 16th-century painting and sculpture afresh. It invokes – only to complicate – the commonplace that Raphael was the renaissance painter of grace and offers a new reading of some of his lesser-known art. In so doing, it showcases the findings of The Grace of the Italian Renaissance and seeks to champion a language-based approach to the study of the visual arts.

This presentation showcases the research developed for the Leverhulme Fellowship-funded project that led to the publication of The Grace of the Italian Renaissance (Princeton University Press, 2020) and engages, too, with the work of the ‘Early Modern Keywords’ project based in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) at Durham