The Exaltation of Virtue: Salon Culture and Inter-arts Exchange in the Venetian Renaissance Music Study
This seminar explores the origins of the dedicated music study in sixteenth-century Venice. Using textual evidence from Venetian property inventories and other documentary sources, the seminar places the Capirola lute book (c. 1517) and other important objects from the Newberry Library’s collection within a historical context of patronage, collecting, sociability, performance, and aesthetics. The music room of the Venetian ducal secretary Francesco dalla Vedova (d. 1558), a high-level civil servant who likely patronized the comic playwrights Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante) and Andrea Calmo in addition to hosting a vibrant musical ridotto (a habitual salon-like gathering), provides the primary case study.
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About the Premodern Studies Seminar
The Premodern Studies seminar provides a forum for new approaches to classical, medieval, and early modern studies, allowing scholars from a range of disciplines to share works-in-progress. Seminars are conversational and free and open to faculty, graduate students, and members of the public, who register in advance to request papers.