Congress: Colors between two worlds 2008 [Florence – Italy]

7 06 2008

COLORS – Between Two Worlds

The Codice Fiorentino of Bernardino de Sahagún

International conference
Florence, June 12 and 13, 2008

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz and the Villa I Tatti The
Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies are jointly
sponsoring a conference on the Codice fiorentino of Bernardino de
Sahagún “Colors Between Two Worlds”.

The conference organizers are Gerhard Wolf, Clara Bargellini, Diana
Magaloni, Alessandra Russo, Joseph Connors and Louis Waldman

The bilingual, illustrated codex of Bernardino de Sahagún and his Nahua
collaborators produced in Mexico City in the sixteenth century and now
in the Laurentian Library, is the starting point of this meeting. Very
well known among specialists as a historical and anthropological source,
the codex has never been studied as an object with unique physical
characteristics. This meeting will present the results of analysis of
the pigments used in the codex, and will explore the problems and
implications of these findings. Several papers will explore the language
of the codex, its status as a book, and its authors. Looking beyond the
codex alone, several participants will focus on the trade in pigments
between Europe and America and their use in both areas, while others
will consider the codex and its colors and materials within broader
comparative and cultural concerns. By bringing together scholars who
have dealt with pigments as well as with the expressive implications of
colors and materials in different geographical areas on both sides of
the Atlantic, this symposium will relocate the Sahagún Codex within the
history of art and culture. It will also continue the exchanges and
discussions that began in the era of its creation.

June, 12 – Villa I Tatti

Director’s Welcome

Opening Address
Clara Bargellini (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) – The Colors
of the Virgin of Guadalupe and the History of Painting in New Spain

Il Codice della “Historia general de las cosas de Nueva España”
Giovanna Rao (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana) – Il Codice nella
Diana Magaloni (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) – Painters of
the New World: The Process of Making the Florentine Codex

11.00 BREAK

Piero Baglioni (Università degli Studi di Firenze) – On the Nature of
the Pigments of the Codex
Berenice Alcántara (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) – In
nepapan xochitl. The Power of Flowers in the Works of Sahagún

13.00 LUNCH

Salvador Reyes Esquiguas (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) –
Plants and Colors in the Florentine Codex
Marina Garone Gravier (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) –
The Codex and Book Design in the Indigenous Context

15.45 BREAK

Lia Markey (University of Chicago) – “Un libro di pitture dell’Indie”:
The History and Reception of Sahagún’s Codex at the Medici Court
June, 13 – Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

Directors’ Welcome

Colors between America and Europe
Sandra Zetina (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) – Tracing the
Roots of the De la Cruz – Badiano Codex: Materials, Painters, Forms, and
Elena Phipps (Metropolitan Museum of Art) – Textile Colors and Colorants
in the Andes

10.45 BREAK

Rocío Bruquetas Galán (Instituto de Patrimonio Histórico Español) –
Colores locales y colores importados: la Carrera de Indias y el
abastecimiento de pigmentos en la Nueva España
Louisa Matthew (Union College) – The Commerce of Pigments in 16th
Century Europe
Roland Krischel (Wallraf-Richartz Museum) – Venetian Pigment Trade in
the Sixteenth Century

13.30 LUNCH

Color and Culture
Alessandra Russo (Columbia University) – Acheiropoieta quetzalli? Theory
of the Image in the Codice Fiorentino and Beyond
Tom Cummins (Harvard University) – The Three Illustrated Manuscripts of
Colonial Peru

16.15 BREAK

Gabriela Siracusano (Universidad de Buenos Aires) – Colors and Cultures
in the Andes
Francesco Pellizzi (Harvard University) – Conclusions

Contact and further information:

Secretary – Villa I Tatti, Via di Vincigliata 26, 50135 Florence
Tel: +39.055.603251

Astrid Müller, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz –





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