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The Neapolitan Phoenix: Heritage and Renewal in Renaissance and Early Modern Naples (1442-1647)

26 May 2016 at Compton Verney Art Gallery

Naples – Nea-polis – is, by virtue of its name, eternally a “new” city. Yet in studies of the history and intellectual culture of the Italian, or indeed, the European Renaissance –that period of “rebirth” and “renewal” par excellence– the city and the region are often left somewhat apart. This multi-disciplinary workshop aims to take stock of the various ways in which Renaissance and Early Modern Naples treated its Ancient and Medieval heritage and adapted it to changing political and socio-cultural circumstances. How did the Neapolitans reconcile their medieval legacy with the discovery and recovery of Ancient ruins? How did Naples negotiate the transition from the reign of the house of Anjou, to Alfonsine and later Spanish and Bourbon Naples? What role did humanists and Neo-Latin poets play in this never-ending process of reinvention?

Organised by Florence Bistagne (Avignon/IUF) and Ingrid De Smet (Warwick), the workshop will be held at Compton Verney Gallery on Thursday May 26th 2016, approx 10-6pm, and registration is now open. We currently have eight confirmed speakers (Florence Bistagne, Carlo Caruso, Thomas Denman, David Dominé-Cohn, Jean-Louis Fournel, Lorenza Gianfrancesco, Oren Margolis and Carlo Vecce), minibus travel is being arranged from campus, and there will also be a tour of the gallery after lunch (inc). Costs for the workshop are £40 (external), £35 (Warwick staff), £30 (students) and numbers are very limited, so early registration is essential, by using the online form (on left) or by sending your details/cheque to (Cheques need to be made payable to the 'University of Warwick', and have your name and the event title on the back).

Programme available here

Pirro Ligorio map Naples BnF


Map Naples 1790 BnF Gallica





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