Corey Tazzara & Sarah Crowner
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SHOPTALK HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Pietro Della Valle and Global Catholicism in the Seventeenth Century
Italy during the Renaissance is famed for its achievements in the arts and sciences, as well as for the economic hegemony that its merchants exercised throughout the Mediterranean world. Italy during the seventeenth century is known for its economic decline, political marginalization, and religious obscurantism. This talk will reassess the portrait of Italian decline by examining the career of the lay Roman Pietro Della Valle, who is best known for his travels in Persia and India, and who also played a role in promoting evangelization in the East. His career sheds new light on the way that lay and clerical cultures intersected during the period. It also suggests how the Church’s program for cultural control—best represented by the Inquisition—were at odds with the ideological and practical imperatives of its missionary activity. Italian decline was real, but it was mediated and to some extent alleviated by its global religious ambitions.
Corey Tazzara is the Rome Prize Fellow in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and assistant professor in the Department of History at Scripps College.
Sarah Crowner will be discussing her recent projects in painting and terracotta tile installations, including her current investigations into architecture, the cut-out, and performance—and how a seemingly static painting can engage a viewer over time and three-dimensional space. She will show images from her archive and exhibition history and have material samples on hand to pass around.
Crowner is the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts and an artist based in Brooklyn, New York.
The shoptalks will be held in English.