Appel à communication – Investigating “lateness” in Early Modern Art and Architecture

61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America – Berlin, 26-28 March, 2015

Investigating “lateness” in Early Modern Art and Architecture

This panel seeks to engage with notions of lateness and what constitutes lateness in the artistic and architectural production of the early modern period. What does it mean for something to be late? How has the concept of lateness been applied to art and architecture during the early modern period, and in what ways has modern scholarship adhered to progress models of stylistic change that presuppose a nascent, fully-realized, and late style in art? How do we explain ‘medieval’ artistic forms that persist well into the seventeenth century and pose problems to existing periodizations?

We invite papers that address the concept of lateness across different media, and a broad geographical range in the early modern period. Papers could explore topics such as:

•The persistence of enduring and/or conservative styles in art or architecture

•“Mature style” – perceived differences in artworks created late in an artist’s life versus those created earlier in his or her oeuvre

•Artworks that received recognition and praise long after their creation

•Examinations of existing periodizations

•“Hybridity” and eclectic styles in art and architecture

•Renaissance Gothic

Please submit an abstract (no more than 150 words), along with a title and keywords, as well as a brief CV to Jennifer Gear ( ) by Monday, 2 June 2014.

Co-organizers: Jennifer Gear and Alice Isabella Sullivan, Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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