Devotional Renaissance Maiolica in the Marche

Lacrime di Smalto: Plastiche maiolicate tra Marche e Romagna nell’età del Rinascimento Exhibition & Catalogue Review    Rocca Roveresca, Senigallia, 12.04.2014- 31.08.2014 This April a small exhibition on devotional maiolica opened at the Rocca Roveresca in Senigallia, a small town on the Adriatic coast not far from Ancona. The exhibition is titled Lacrime di smalto:… (read more)

Enduring Beliefs at the Museo Archeologico in Perugia

In July 2000, the Museo Archeologico in Perugia opened a permanent exhibition of amulets collected by Giovanni Bellucci (1844-1921), a scientist and researcher who had been the Museum’s director for many years. In the first decades of the twentieth century, while Bellucci was running his investigation on the popular beliefs and religious practices of rural… (read more)

‘At Home’ in the United States

In the past week, I’ve visited the home of Victoria Confino, a Sephardic Jewish girl from Kastoria, who emigrated to New York in 1913; I’ve followed the history of 16 Elm Street, Ipswich, Massachusetts over 200 years; and I’ve delved into the experience of living in the neighbourhood of Shaw in Washington, D.C. via the… (read more)

Renaissance Society of America NYC 2014 – Religious Materiality

Prior to the start of this year’s Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in New York, five members of the team engaged in two days of intensive Met-trawling. We had come up with a wish-list of objects and – thanks to the generosity of the Metropolitan Museum staff – we were able to go behind… (read more)

A Relevant Exhibition for our Project?

The Springtime of the Renaissance in Florence. Sculptures and the Arts in Florence 1400-60 Exhibition & Catalogue Review   Palazzo Strozzi, Florence 23.03-18.08 2013 Musée du Louvre, Paris 26.09.2013-6.01.2014 Earlier this year an exhibition at the Louvre aimed to present various themes to inform visitors’ understanding of the origins of the Renaissance in Florence. As… (read more)

Defining Domestic Space

Yesterday we held a reading group with our project members on the theme of ‘Domestic Space’. We try to conduct these thematic meetings on a monthly basis during the academic term. During our sessions, we discuss previous scholarship and current literature regarding a theme related to the Domestic Devotions project. Occasionally, we gather in a… (read more)