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Call for Papers
RSA 19-21 March, 2009, Los Angeles

Session title:
Centro/Periferia?: Provincialism in Italian Renaissance Art

The distinction center/periphery is commonly known to historians of
Italian Renaissance art through the "classic" definition presented by
Enrico Castelnuovo and Carlo Ginzburg in 1979.  More recently, Charles
Cohen has proposed the notion of provincialism to account for the
pictorial oeuvre of il Pordenone (1996).  Despite the potential of these
notions to expand and to articulate more fully our conception of early
modern visual culture, few scholars have focused their research on the
relationship between the production of art works and style in leading
centers, such as Florence and Venice, and in their cultural "provinces."
This panel hopes to address the status quaestionis while seeking novel
approaches to this subject.  Proposals from all traditions and all media
are welcome.  Papers might address little known art works and artists or
revisit famous masterpieces and masters from this perspective.  Ideally,
papers would abstract from particular aspects of the works on which they
focus and address pertinent theoretical, methodological, or
historiographic issues.

Please submit an abstract of 150 words and brief c.v. by noon of May 24 to
Renzo Baldasso
Smithsonian Institution
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