The wandering body and wondering eye: Early modern travel and the art of describing

FBK Aula Piccola

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali

FBK Aula Piccola

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali

On the move, across strange landscapes, early modern European travelers encountered both familiar and strange places and people. In doing so they developed methods of describing landscapes, buildings, and cities in ways that lay the foundations for a sensorial history of space. In this paper I follow several itinerant Italians who came to terms with the spatial disorientation that prompted them to try to make sense of their embodied experience of the world.

| University of Chicago / Villa I Tatti


Cycle of seminars: “Tavola ovale di storia moderna

Scientific coordination:
Massimo Rospocher (FBK-ISIG)
Sandra Toffolo (FBK-ISIG)
Flavia Tudini (FBK-ISIG)


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The talk will be held in English.

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  • Niall Atkinson - Guest Speaker
    University of Chicago / Villa I Tatti
    Niall Atkinson is currently the Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies - Villa I Tatti. He is Associate Professor of Art History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Committee on the Environment, Geography, and Urbanization at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the experience of architecture and urban space in early modern Italy in order to understand the built environment as a collective social construction of the body’s sensorial apparatus. His recent work has explored the relationship between sound, space, and architecture and their role in the construction of civic society. He is currently looking at travel narratives as a way to build an environmental history of architecture and landscape while also experimenting with digital mapping technologies to create the foundations of a spatial history of early modern Europe.


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