Casa: People, Spaces and Objects
in the Renaissance Interior
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
7-8 May 2004
Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
at Villa I Tatti, Florence
10-11 June, 2004
A Casa: People, Spaces and Objects in the Renaissance Interior
is a two-part symposium consisting of four full days of papers. The event
will be divided between the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the
Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti,
Florence and we hope that as many people as possible will be able to attend
both parts. This is the final symposium of a series related to The
Domestic Interior in Italy, 1400-1600, a research project launched
in 2003 culminating in a book and major exhibition at the Victoria &
Albert Museum in 2006. An international group of scholars (largely funded
by a Collaborative Research Grant from the Getty Grant Program) has been
working together over the past year, starting to definine the character
and look of the Italian casa, and exploring the relationships between
its rooms, contents and inhabitants.
The two-part symposium A Casa will broaden the scope
of this research, including many contributions from other scholars from
a wide variety of disciplines. It will explore the non-princely urban
house in Renaissance Italy as a setting for the development of art and
culture, and for the unfolding of everyday life and rituals. Furnishings,
objects and decoration associated with domestic life survive, and one
aim of the symposium is to integrate evaluation of their considerable
aesthetic impact with greater understanding of their audiences and consumers.
Other issues of central concern for the symposium include topics such
as entertainment and sociability, devotion and education, work and the
marking of life events as expressed through the use of objects and spaces.
is required for Part I of the event only (Victoria & Albert Museum,
London, 7-8 May 2004). To register, download the booking
form (Word format).
event is organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Harvard Center
for Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, and the AHRB Centre for the
Study of the Domestic Interior (Royal College of Art, Victoria & Albert
Museum, and Royal Holloway, University of London). Generous support has
been provided by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Amici del Bargello.