Lecture

Elizabeth Rodini – Journeys, and the Afterlife of Things

Monday, September 20, 2021–6:30 PM
AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy
Composite image showing a detail of postcard of Venice on the left, and a painted portrait of Sultan Mehmet II by Gentile Bellini on the right

Left: “Ca’ Capello – S. Polo (ora Layard),” late-nineteenth-century postcard of Venice; right: Gentile Bellini, Portrait of Sultan Mehmet II, 1480 (photograph © National Gallery, London)

What can we learn by following the trajectory of a single object? Taking a renowned but puzzling Renaissance portrait as a starting point, Elizabeth Rodini explores how a fragile fifteenth-century painting speaks to a range of contemporary matters, from the politics of preservation to ideologies of imagery and beyond.

Rodini is Interim Director of the American Academy in Rome, having previously served as Andrew Heiskell Arts Director. Before arriving at the Academy, she was teaching professor and founding director of the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University. Her interests lie at the intersections of historical inquiry and contemporary practice, and center on the mobility of objects across time, space, and imagination. Recent work examines the reception of Islamic objects in Venice, museological developments in twentieth-century Paris, and the exhibition of African art in contemporary American museums. This presentation grows out of her recent book, Gentile Bellini’s Portrait of Sultan Mehmet II: Lives and Afterlives of an Iconic Image (London: I. B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2020).

This event, to be presented in-person at the Academy as well as on Zoom, is free and open to the public. Please join the Zoom meeting a few minutes before 6:30pm CET; the moderator will let viewers in when the event starts.

The shoptalk will be held in English.

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