Date: Wed, 22 May 2019 18:47:11 +0200
Subject: CONF: Baroque to Neo-Baroque (Florence, 3-5 Jun 19)
From: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut
Date: May 22, 2019
Subject: CONF: Baroque to Neo-Baroque (Florence, 3-5 Jun 19)

Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51, June 3 – 05, 2019

Baroque to Neo-Baroque: Curves of an Art Historical Concept
International Conference

organized by Estelle Lingo and Lorenzo Pericolo
with Alessandro Nova and Tristan Weddigen

A cooperation of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte

In recent decades there has been a notable revival of scholarly discourse on the baroque. The term “baroque” emerged in the mid-eighteenth century as a pejorative designation for the dominant style of European art produced from c. 1600 to c. 1750. The critical valences the term possessed from the outset have endowed the “baroque” with an afterlife in art history quite distinct from that of the Renaissance and one that it is now particularly timely to interrogate. This conference will bring together eminent and emerging scholars of seventeenth-century European art, colonial Latin American art, and modern and contemporary art to discuss and reassess the “baroque” and the ways in which this concept is currently in play across these diverse subfields.

Free admission until capacity is reached


Monday, 3 June

Welcome and Introduction
Estelle Lingo, Lorenzo Pericolo, Alessandro Nova, Tristan Weddigen

Keynote address
Alina Payne, Harvard University and Villa I Tatti

16:20 Coffee Break

The Formation of a Concept
Chair: Estelle Lingo

“Baroque”: Mnemosyne Atlas
Evonne Levy, University of Toronto

“Das direkte Herauskommen aus dem Bilde, das Losgehen auf den Beschauer”. Wölfflin, Benjamin, and the Possibility of a “Neo-Baroque” Sistine Madonna in Reproduction
Brigid Doherty, Princeton University

Tuesday, 4 June

The European Baroque
Chair: Alessandro Nova

The Baroque Body as a Stylistic Paradox
Lorenzo Pericolo, University of Warwick

Painting Naturally in the Netherlands
Celeste Brusati, University of Michigan

11:40 Coffee Break

Baroque Visuality between Perspective and the Photograph
Estelle Lingo, University of Washington

The Colonial Baroque
Chair: Lorenzo Pericolo

Baroque Classicism and Institutional Architecture in the Early Modern Spanish Empire
Jesús Escobar, Northwestern University

Toward a Notion of (Global, Colonial) Baroque Form
Aaron Hyman, Johns Hopkins University

16:40 Coffee Break

The Baroque as National Identity: Aleijadinho in the Brazilian Cultural Imaginary
Fernando Loffredo, New York University and The Cooper Union

The Neo-Baroque
Chair: Tristan Weddigen

Italian Fascism and the Baroque: Appropriation and Invention between 1922 and 1945
Laura Moure Cecchini, Colgate University

Wednesday, 5 June

The Neo-Baroque (continued)
Chair: Tristan Weddigen

Hidden Dreams of the Brazilian Baroque
Amy Buono, Chapman University

Invention of the Baroque and Discourses of the Neo-Baroque: Politics and Religion in Brazil and the Philippines
Jens Baumgarten, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo

11:10 Coffee Break

Contemporary Neo-Baroque Architecture and Neo-Colonial Ideology: The Mexican Case
Peter Krieger, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

12:20 Concluding Discussion

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut
Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
Via dei Servi 51
50122 Florence / Italy

Pavla Langer (Department Alessandro Nova)

Mara Freiberg Simmen (Department Tristan Weddigen)


Reference / Quellennachweis:
CONF: Baroque to Neo-Baroque (Florence, 3-5 Jun 19). In:, May 22, 2019. <>.

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