Event—Center for Renaissance Studies

Unpacking the Early Modern Collection: The Newberry's Altemps Inventory

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Instructor Lia Markey works with the Altemps Inventory


This interdisciplinary graduate course will examine from various vantage points the Newberry's enormous early seventeenth-century inventory of the Altemps palace in Rome (VAULT Case MS oversize Z 491.A468). Through the study of paleography, book history, collecting history, art history, architectural history, and beyond, we will consider the way in which this complex document provides evidence regarding the consumption and use of books and other household goods and the function of palace design. We will also think about what we can and cannot learn about the people behind this inventory and others like it from the early modern period. Ultimately, the course's aim is to determine how to develop a digital humanities project from this rich primary source at the Newberry.

Application Information

This seminar is free and open to all graduate students, but space is limited. Priority will be given to applicants from CRS Consortium institutions. Consortium participants may be eligible to receive CRS Consortium Grants to help cover the costs of attending the seminar. The application deadline is Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 11:59:59 pm Central Time.

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