CFP: Heritage Revisited (Vienna, 27-28 Sep 18)

Heritage Revisited – Rediscovering Islamic Objects in Enlightenment Europe

Institut für Kunstgeschichte
Universität Wien / University of Vienna
September 27 – 28, 2018

Deadline: Feb 1, 2018

Mattia Guidetti (Universität Wien); Isabelle Dolezalek (SFB 980 „Episteme in Bewegung“, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin)

The large bronze griffin now kept in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Pisa is but one example among many others of an object originating from the Islamicate sphere that formed part of the material and visual culture of pre-modern Latinate Europe. With their adaptation to new contexts, many of these objects took on a new function: a perfume flask could be turned into a reliquary, a courtly textile into a shroud, and the griffin, which may well have been made for a fountain, ended up on top of the Pisan cathedral’s roof. Often, their Islamicate origins were forgotten and the objects acquired a new identity suiting the purposes of their European users. Continue reading “CFP: Heritage Revisited (Vienna, 27-28 Sep 18)”