CFP: Rimini, 18th century – Art, Science, Antiquarianism, the Grand Tour (Rimini/online, 26 Jan 2024)

During the eighteenth century Rimini opens to Europe becoming a destination for artists, travelers and curious intellectuals. These visitors came to discover the archaeological and artistic testimonies of the city and to observe its rediscovered natural realities. Rimini, center of «European local learning» (Raimondi) in dialogue with the Enlightenment Europe, became a necessary stop of the Grand Tour to and from Rome, along the Adriatic coast.

Science, art, architecture and erudite interests act as catalysts and turn the spotlight on the city. Throughout the eighteen century, Rimini was in constant relationship with Rome and Bologna, and it thrived thanks to the contribution of many different scholars and scientists. Among them, the physician Giovanni Bianchi (Rimini 1693-1775), refounder of the Lincei in Rimini and papal archiatra of honor, with his most famous disciples (such as Giovanni Antonio Battarra, Giovanni Cristofano Amaduzzi, Gaetano Marini, Giuseppe Garampi) and the architect Gianfrancesco Buonamici (Rimini 1692-Rome 1759), a man of letters and connoisseur of antiquarianism, an academician of honor of the Accademia Clementina in Bologna and the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.

This International Workshop seeks to investigate the different aspects of Rimini culture, and the look of foreigners on the coastal city with original and unpublished contributions. The focus of this study will encompass the testimonies of travelers and amateurs of art, antiques and scientific collecting, the role of architects and artists in the exchanges between Italy and Europe.

If you would like to participate in the Workshop with your paper, please send an abstract via email to and , before December 23, 2023. 
The document (.pdf) should contain: the title of your presentation (20/25 min.), name of the author, affiliation, 300-word abstract, a short Curriculum Vitae.  

You will be notified on the acceptance of your abstract by January 8, 2024.