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Carlo Ginzburg, our next scholar-in-residence, will join us virtually during the week of April 18 to present two talks via Zoom: the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Cultures of Conservation Seminar on Tuesday, April 19, and a Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, April 21. 

Carlo Ginzburg has taught at the University of Bologna, the University of California Los Angeles, and at the Scuola Normale of Pisa. His books, translated into more than twenty languages, include The Night Battles; The Cheese and the Worms; Clues, Myths, and the Historical Method; The Enigma of Piero della Francesca; History, Rhetoric, and Proof; The Judge and the Historian; Wooden Eyes; No Island Is an Island; Threads and Traces; and Fear Reverence Terror: Five Essays in Political Iconography; Nondimanco, Machiavelli, Pascal. He is the recipient of the Aby Warburg Prize (1992), the Humboldt-Forschungs Prize (2007), and the Balzan Prize for the History of Europe, 1400–1700 (2010).


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Cultures of Conservation Seminar
Lichtenberg’s Knife: A Few Reflections on Conservation”

Tuesday, April 19, 6–7:30 pm
Via Zoom and screened in the Lecture Hall for the BGC community

Undoubtedly, there are divergences—both practical and theoretical—among different cultures of conservation: the plural is indeed appropriate. All of those cultures, however, imply the materiality of the objects they take care of. But if we look at this issue from a distance, a long, complex historical trajectory will emerge. Its implications are at the center of our experience of living in today’s world.

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Brown Bag Lunch
“Observing the Observers: Reflections on Michael Baxandall’s Giotto and the Orators

Thursday, April 21, 12:15–1:15 pm
Via Zoom and screened in the Lecture Hall for the BGC community

Giotto and the Orators: Humanist Observers of Painting in Italy (1971) is the first book of Michael Baxandall, one of the most original art historians of the twentieth century. This presentation will start from the words included in the title and subtitle of the book (Orators, Humanist, Observers)  in order to reconstruct Baxandall’s approach, its intellectual genealogy, and its implications. The second part of the presentation will suggest some developments of Baxandall’s research, exploring a different, but related, topic: the description of paintings in the workshop’s jargon (lingua delle botteghe) and in the humanist language.

This talk is only open to the BGC community.

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Bard Graduate Center is grateful for the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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