The Neapolitan Network supports interdisciplinary and cross-period research on Naples (broadly defined). It draws together Neapolitanists from around the world facilitating academic exchange, meetings, conferences, and research projects relating to Naples, including city and Kingdom, and related research topics. It was founded in 2014 by Melissa Calaresu (University of Cambridge) and Helen Hills (University of York), with the generous financial support of the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council).
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Call for Applications. 2019-2020 Research Residencies
An exciting opportunity at the recently founded 'Center for Art and Architectural History of Port Cities'—a collaboration between the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples and the Edith O'Donnel Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas, with the participation of the Université Paris-Sorbonne.
This year, residencies will run for nine months (2 September 2019 - 29 May 2020) and residents will be awarded a modest award of 5,200 EUR to help defray the cost of living during the nine-month period as well as free lodging and workspace at La Capraia—a former goat farm and currently laboratory for research sited on the grounds of the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples. As part of the program Research Residents will be granted privileged access to collections and research resources at Capodimonte as well as assistance in consulting other Neapolitan sites/collections.
Further details on the Call for Applications may be found at the following website: www.utdallas.edu/arthistory/port-cities
The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019.
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Richerche sull'arte a Napoli in età Moderna. Saggi e Documenti 2017-2018
1 February, 4:30 pm
Florence, Fondazione De Vito - Sala Convegni della Fondazione Biblioteche Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze
Fondazione De Vito is presenting the 32nd edition of its yearly Ricerche sull'arte a Napoli in età Moderna. Saggi e Documenti 2017-2018.
For further details, visit: http://www.fondazionedevito.it
La Copia pittorica a Napoli tra Cinquecento e Seicento
23 January, 9:15 am
Napoli, Gallerie d'Italia - Palazzo Zevallos-Stigliano
This Study Day is organised by David Garcia Cueto e Andrea Zezza and, thanks to the contribution of well-known Italian and Spanish scholars, aims to focus the attention for the first time on the copies executed by the Neapolitan School and their dissemination.
Programme available here: Giornata di Studio (PDF , 364kb)
27 January, 2:30 pm
Fondazione Longhi, Firenze
This Study Day is organised by the Fondazione Longhi di Firenze in memory of ing. Giuseppe De Vito and his contribution to the study of Neapolitan art.
The Study Day will start with the greetings from the Directors of Fondazione Longhi and Fondazione De Vito, followed by other speakers: Nadia Bastogi, Renato Ruotolo, Elena Fumagalli, Alberto Cottino, Daniele Benati.
'Spanish Royal Geographies in Early Modern Europe and America: Rethinking the Royal Sites / Geographies of Habsburg Politics and Religion'
University of York, UK
Organised by the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York, in collaboration with the University of Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid (URJC), and IULCE (the University Institute 'La Corte en Europa') of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM).
Please download the programme here: Programme Symposium (MS Word , 37kb).
Symposium: Naples and the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in a Global Context
To launch a new collaboration between the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History and the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte dedicated to innovative research on art in Naples and on the cultural histories of port cities, this symposium brings together an international group of scholars for two days of on-site presentations that will set Naples and the Capodimonte in a global context.
See more information here.
Open Arts Journal research seminar
2 March, 6 pm
The Open University in London, 1 - 11 Hawley Crescent, Camden NW1 8NP
The Open Arts Journal, in collaboration with the Department of Art History, The Open University, is hosting a research seminar on Wednesday 2 March, from 6pm, at The Open University in London. This event celebrates the publication of issue 4 of the Journal earlier this year. Our speaker is Helen Hills (University of York), whose paper is entitled, Silver & Salvation: Colonial Excess and Baroque Naples. The proceedings will be followed by a reception.
All are welcome!
Follow this link to our event bookings website (eventbrite) to reserve your place: http://openartsjournal-researchseminar.eventbrite.co.uk or email Alice Sanger, Deputy Editor, Open Arts Journal, email@example.com.
This paper examines the materiality of silver in relation to trauma, transaction and transformation. It focuses on Naples, under Spanish rule, to explore the effects of colonialism within Europe through art and sculpture. Thus I consider the presentation of ‘the nature of the Neapolitans’ and their practices as ‘excessive’ through the material of silver. Silver was imported into Naples from Spanish territories in the so-called New World. In Naples silver is naturalized through artifice – both rendered to represent ‘nature’ and made into an apparently intrinsic part of ‘Neapolitan culture’. Indeed, the profligate display of silver in Neapolitan churches is remarked upon by foreign visitors as a mark of the very ‘nature’ of Neapolitans' themselves.
Baroque Naples was tarnished in Protestant Europe with a reputation for excess - particularly an excess of silver in its churches and chapels, part of the mortmain of the Spanish church, a prodigious resource that was gathering dust rather than fighting wars or generating interest. Silver was the material par excellence for chalices, pyx and plate, for carte di gloria and sacred and liturgical objects of many kinds, including the spectacular solid silver reliquaries in the Treasury Chapel of San Gennaro in Naples, unsurpassed amongst European treasuries. Silver was particularly implicated in discourses of the sacred, of assaying, of testing, of purity, purification and authenticity and sanctity through the discourse of light, lux and lumen, shine and the capacity to reflect light. Yet silver was particularly implicated, too, in the violence of Spanish colonialism. Silver seemed to offer the imperial Spanish what they most desired - a means to substantialize every relation, even with the divine. And it was in Naples above all, emblem and testing ground of Spanish rule in Europe, that silver was beaten into splendid submission. Scholarship has made much of colonialism and its relaltionship with culture outside of Europe. But what of colonialism within Europe? Silver provides an opening.
International Conference 'Il disegno tra Napoli, Firenze e Roma ai tempi di Salvator Rosa'
26 - 28 May
Napoli and Sorrento
For more information, please see the flyer here.
Il giovane Salvator Rosa
7 November 2015 - 31 May 2016
Museo Correale, Sorrento
Exhibition focused on the first career of this great master.For information:
CFP: Painting in Naples 1600-1656
Captivating female saints, violent martyrdoms, painted with quick palpable brushstrokes; intricate iconographies of mythology and devotion. Neapolitan painting is often characterized by art historians as being dramatic in expression, with a strong emphasis on naturalism and intense chiaroscuro. However, this portrayal does little to address its material, intellectual, and spiritual dynamics. This session seeks to explore the wealth of Neapolitan painting between 1600 - just before Caravaggio's arrival in the city - and the plague of 1656. Within this period, important foreign artists like Caravaggio, Ribera, Domenichino, Artemisia Gentileschi and Mattia Preti entered into a creative interaction with local artists like Caracciolo, Stanzione, Falcone and Cavallino. Their art developed divergently within the context of literary academies, the Neapolitan elite, the viceregal court and ecclesiastical institutions.
In this session, we want to address the most recent developments of international research on Neapolitan painting. We welcome papers on individual artworks that illustrate important aspects of Neapolitan art, such as materiality, spirituality, iconography, violence, intellectual context and patronage. By focusing on individual paintings, we aim to create a virtual “Galleria” of Neapolitan art.
Please send your 150 word-abstract with title and key words and your CV (max. 300) to Bogdan Cornea (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Marije Osnabrugge (email@example.com). Deadline 1 June.
CFP: 17th century landscape
This session is devoted to explore the boundaries between topographical and generic landscape paintings in the early modern period. It will investigate how landscape relates to real place, and to what extent it provides a portal into an imaginative or ancient world, or is mediated by a text that is a description of place. Landscapes associated with the mythical and archaeological landscape of Italy are an obvious theme, but lots of other topics are warmly welcomed as well (see the attachment for the options: CFP: 17th century landscape (PDF , 99kb)). For further info contact Helen Langdon (organiser): Helenlangdon@hotmail.com. Deadline 2 June.
Symposium at Compton Verney, Warwickshire.
17 June 2015
This small symposium brings together scholars working on the art and architecture of Naples to reconsider it in light of the unsurpassed collection of Neapolitan art at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.
Click here to have a look on the website. Pdf of the poster available here: Programme 17 June Version 3 (MS PowerPoint , 528kb)
International Conference 'Ars e Natura nella Napoli Moderna'
17-18 September 2015
Antisala dei Baroni, Maschio Angioino, Piazza Castello, Naples
Organised by Joris van Gastel and Frank Fehrenbach, Forschungsstelle Naturbilder/Images of Nature, Universität Hamburg
Involving historians of art, literature and the sciences, it will explore moments of confrontation and convergence between art and nature in Naples, as well as their relation to contemporary debates in the sciences.
Click here to download the Pdf of the poster with the programme.
L'Âge d'Or de la Peinture à Naples, de Ribera à Giordano
20 June - 11 October 2015
Musée Fabre, Montpellier
Exhibition on Seventeenth-century Neapolitan painting. For information, click here.
Study Day 'Arti e lettere a Napoli tra Cinque e Seicento: prime indagini sulla collezione di Matteo di Capua principe di Conca'
20 November, 10 am
Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Dipartimento di Lettere e Beni Culturali, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, complesso S. Francesco, Aula Tesi
Organised by the Dipartimento di Lettere e Beni Culturali, this Study Day focuses on the collection of Matteo di Capua.
For other information, please see the poster here.
Ritual, Power & Emotions Conference
10 February 2014
The ARC Centre of Excellence for The History of Emotions in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, is delighted to announce the "Ritual, Power & Emotions Conference". Our Professor Helen Hills will examine the interplay between the material and spiritual matters, both enganged in the slippery question of the relic. The paper is meant to provide two prominent cases for that: the miracolously liquefying bloods of St John the Baptist and San Gennaro (St Janarius), in Naples, and Stefano Maderno's St Cecilia (1600) in the Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. Programme available here: Uni of Adelaide (PDF , 117kb)
International Conference 'Fra i Doppi Muri', Rome
7-8 March 2014
The International Conference entitled 'Fra i Doppi Muri' will explore the claustral female art and culture in Rome during the early Modern period.
Check information here: Convegno Fra I Doppi Muri (MS Word , 162kb)
New Approaches to Modern Naples
29 April 2014
The Cambridge Italian Research Network is hosting a workshop on New Approaches to Modern Naples on Tuesday, 29 April, at 5 p.m. at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge. Ruth Glynn (Bristol) will speaking on 'Occupied Naples between testimony and translation' and Nick Dines (Middlesex) on 'Interrogating narratives of renaissance and decline in contemporary Naples'. For more information, see: http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/italian/research/Naples.jpg
We look forward to seeing Neapolitan Network members at the workshop.
Neapolitan Network meeting in Barcelona
24 October 2014
The Neapolitan Network goes to Barcelona!
Visit the section related to the event to find out more!
CFP: Naples and Spain: Cultural and Intellectual Networks (1500-1800)
The next Neapolitan Network conference will take place on 24 October 2014 in Barcelona. The conference will be hosted by the Department of Early Modern History, University of Barcelona, and the research group, Power & Representations: Cultural Transfers in the Modern Age, which has recently published the on-line exhibition: Exchanging Views. The Viceroys of Naples and the Image of the Monarchy of Spain in the Baroque Age (www.ub.edu/enbach).This one-day conference will focus on relations between Naples and Spain, to include cultural and intellectual networks both within and outside of governmental sphere, for example, in relation to the history of collections, the history of science, and, more broadly, the history of material culture. Comparison with other Spanish imperial contexts would also be welcome.
For further info, please see the attachment: CFP: Naples and Spain (PDF , 419kb) or visit the page related to the event.
13 March 2013
Presentation of the forthcoming publication "Cerimoniale del viceregno spagnolo e austriaco di Napoli, 1650-1717" (PDF , 210kb), edited by A. Antonelli.
5 June 2013
The Italian Angevins: Naples and Beyond, University College London.
Download the Provisional Program for The Italian Angevins (PDF , 69kb).
View more details here.
13 September 2013
University of Cambridge.
Religion and Violence in Early Modern Naples: An interdisciplinary colloquium especially for emerging scholars. Download the 'Religion and Violence Poster (PDF , 321kb)
16 September 2013
Symposium at the University of Cambridge
Il Mare Non Bagna Napoli - The Bay Is Not Naples
London, Shaw Theatre
Saturday 23–Sunday 24 November
Gesualdo 400th Anniversary Conference, University of York
Celebrating the music of Gesualdo, the 400th Anniversary Conference will combine academic paper sessions with a series of singing workshops and performances throughout the weekend. James Wood will give a keynote speech on his reconstructions of Gesualdo’s second book of Sacrae Cantiones and forensic psychiatrist Dr Ruth McAllister will present an analysis of the murder of Gesualdo’s first wife based on contemporaneous accounts. On the Saturday, I Fagiolini will give a concert of secular music by Gesualdo and his contemporaries. On the Sunday, The 24 (a university of York Chamber Choir directed by Robert Hollingworth) will give a concert of sacred music, including some of James Wood's reconstructions and a set from the Tenebrae Responsories.
The academic conference will focus on the music of Gesualdo, his peers and their times.
Topics for consideration:
Proposals are welcomed from, but not restricted to, the topics listed above.
We would like to invite proposals for 20 minute individual research or recital papers (followed by 10 minutes discussion). Proposals should not exceed 250 words and should be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit proposals as an MS Word or PDF document but please also include a plain-text version in the main email.
The following details need to be included in your proposal: name, institution, postal address, email address, telephone number, and audio/visual requirements.
A publication project based on the conference proceedings will be undertaken.
The deadline for receipt of proposals is 6th September 2013.
11 June 2012
John Marino in Cambridge
John Marino (University of California, San Diego) will be presenting a paper entitled, 'Love, Fame and Revolt in Baroque Naples' on Thursday, 3 March, at 1 p.m. in the Leslie Stephen Room, Trinity Hall (Cambridge).
Professor Marino is the author of a recent book, Becoming Neapolitan: Citizen culture in Baroque Naples (Johns Hopkins, 2010; see www.press.jhu.edu)
Project Lingue in Festa – NAPULANG
Call for Papers
We invite contributions for a forthcoming interdisciplinary volume on the reception and cultural memory of Naples' classical past from antiquity to the present.
The volume will examine how the literary, archaeological and cultural traces of antiquity have been preserved in (and have shaped) the city, both within the Greco-Roman period and in later eras.
Potential areas for exploration might include: the use of the city’s Greek heritage to construct a distinctive Roman identity, the medieval use of classical spolia, early Renaissance city-guides and their treatment of classical monuments, the representation of ruins in the presepe Napoletano, De Jorio’s treatise on Gesture in Naples and Gesture in Classical Antiquity, the formation of the great Neapolitan collections of ancient art, and the memory of the classical past in contemporary Neapolitan culture.
The editors would welcome informal enquiries from potential contributors.
The initial deadline for titles and abstracts is 15th November 2010; the deadline for completed papers will be Autumn 2011.
An e-seminar on this topic is also planned for Spring 2011.
Jessica Hughes (email@example.com)
Claudio Buongiovanni (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Citizen cultures and ritual in early modern Italy and Spain
Senior Parlour, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Programme 26 May 2011 (PDF , 250kb)
Naples (Galleria di Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, Palazzo Reale)
International Conference: Stately dwellings in Naples. Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano and aristocratic patronage from the 16th to the 20th century.
Programme (in Italian)
The Arts and Sciences in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Naples: Discovering the Past, Inventing the Future
26-27 February 2010
The UCLA Center for Seventeenth- & Eighteenth-Century Studies at The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Programme (PDF , 89kb)
In 2010 UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) hosted a conference dealing with Arts and Sciences in Naples, from Medieval to Contemporary times. Edited by John Marino and Carlo Vecce, and structured in three sections, the convention explored the issue of Neapolitan identity, the impact of scientific Academies, the Baroque and the Enlightment, finally concluding with blurring fiction and non-fiction on stage and in the print. All the papers presented are gathered in "The Disciplines of the Arts and Sciences in Naples: Medieval, Early Modern, Contemporary" (2012) Issue 1, Vol. 3 of the California Italian Studies Journal. Detailed programme: UCLA Clark Library (MS Word , 34kb)
Sestieri Quartieri Seggi
18-20 Jun 2010
Flyer (PDF , 135kb)
'Naples crucible of the world' Conference, Italian Cultural Institute of London / British Library,
29-30 October 2010
Organised by Dr. Mariano d’Amora
Programme (PDF , 123kb)
Villa Medici Research Seminar
Visions and plans of Rome in the Renaissance: Compared perspectives.
29 October 2010, Rome
Italy and its Pasts' Conference, University of London, November 2010
19-20 November 2010
Poster (PDF , 120kb)
Visit http://www.asmi.org.uk/conferences/ for full programme.
Exoticizing Vesuvius Workshops 2009-10
Formations of Naples c.1500-present
Three Workshops at the Universities of York and Cambridge in 2009 Funded by the AHRC.
Do you also want to have look at our workshops taken in 2009?
You are more than welcomed!
Workshops in 2009 booklet (MS Word , 66kb)
Don't forget to keep up with what is currently going on in Naples here.
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Claudio Malice, member of the Neapolitan Network, proposes an interesting new reading of the marble decoration of the so-called 'Succorpo di San Gennaro'. The essay 'Abitare il Miracolo. Il Santo, il Cardinale e l'Antico: spunti per una (ri)lettura del Succorpo di San Gennaro' is published in the second issue of the new magazine 'ZEUSI. Linguaggi contemporanei di sempre' (anno 1, n.2, pp. 17-28). Please see the essay and the magazine following this link.
New Approaches to Naples, a collection of essays, edited by Melissa Calaresu and Helen Hills, drawn together from our AHRC-funded Neapolitan Network Workshops. Please click on the image below for a link to the book. Read a review here.
There is a special reduction on the book through Ashgate. The promotional code is H9CEW20. Check also our Publications and Special Reductions page.
Edited and introduced by Bruce Haddock and Filippo Sabetti, and translated by David Gibbons, the volume devoted to Vincenzo Cuoco, intends to go deeper in the work of the writer of “Historical Essay on the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799”, which has magnificently synthetized the thinking of brilliant figures, such as Machiavelli and Vico, and later on influenced other contemporary intellectuals, as Croce and Gramsci. Vincenzo Cuoco (PDF , 1,911kb)
The Neapolitan Network is delighted to announce De Vito Foundation's annual issue, "Ricerche sull'arte a Napoli in Età Moderna. Saggi e documenti 2012-2013", which aims to renew and broaden those interest already traceable in "Ricerche sul '600 napoletano", published in 1982. Click here to download the cover and browse the contents.Fondazione De Vito (PDF , 497kb)
New Neapolitan Network Member, Dr Serena Bisogno, explores the eclectic figure of Nicolò Tagliacozzi Canale (1691-1763), in a volume entitled Nicolò Tagliacozzi Canale. Architettura, decorazione, scenografia dell'ultimo rococò napoletano. The book does justice to this brilliant figure, whose work remains unknown to some extent, by returning a fascinating biographical and artistic portrait. The volume is now available in paperback as well, at this link: http://www.fridericiana.it/schedanew.asp?isbn=9788883381287, or via IBS: http://www.ibs.it/code/9788883381287/bisogno-serena/nicol-o-tagliacozzi-canale-architettura.html. Bisogno also wrote a paper on the marble trade of the 18th century, revolving around the figure of the Count Abbot Antonio del Medico. Her work appeared on the review "Napoli Nobilissima", available here: Commercio Marmi- Serena Bisogno (PDF , 615kb)
Linda Safran, Researcher Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies , in Toronto, and editor of the journal Gesta, examined Salento (in Southern Italy) and its artistic heritage. The region relies on an outstanding tradition of wall paintings and inscriptions, graffiti and carved tombstone decorations, all of them going back to Latin as well as Greek roots. Click on the Pdf to know how to get the book! Linda Safran-Salento (PDF , 87kb)
Prof and Neapolitan Network member Michele Rak, A dismisura d'uomo, :duepunti Edizioni (2013). The author offers an insight into the extraordinary tradition of Baroque feasts in Naples and Rome. A dismisura d'uomo- review (PDF , 85kb)
Michele Rak investigated Arts, Theatre and Poetry of Neapolitan Baroque in L'occhio barocco (2012). Read a review here.
Dr Kathleen M. Bennett completed a research on The Sicilian Rococo. It is entitled The Rococo in Sicily: Assimilation of a Style (2012).
Neapoltan Network Member Nick Dines worked on a book entitled "Tuff City: Urban Change and Contested Space in Central Naples", published by Berghahn Books in Jannuary 2012. Click here for more info.
Victor Mínguez Cornelles, Inmaculada Rodríguez Moya, Pablo González Tornel and Juan Chiva Beltrán, member of Iconografía e Historia del Arte (IHA) research group at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón (UJI), Spain, wrote "La fiesta barroca. Los virreinatos americanos (1560–1808)" (Castellón, 2012) [The Baroque Festival. The American Viceroyalties (1560–1808). Authors recenty awarded the 16th Spanish National Prize for the best academic edition by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.