Christian Time in Early Modern Europe

Event date: 
April 7, 2017 - 2:00pm to April 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prof. Anthony Grafton
Prof. Carolina Mangone
Co-Sponsored by: 
The Center for Collaborative History, Department of Art and Archaeology, and the Humanities Council.

Christian Time in Early Modern Europe

April 7-8, 2017

211 Dickinson Hall - Princeton University

Until recently, Renaissance scholars on both sides of the Atlantic had little to say about the study of Christian antiquity in early modern Europe. From the 1960s onwards, however, a scholarly revolution has transformed the modern study of early Christianity and its development in late antiquity into vital and fascinating fields of scholarship. Specialists in early modern history, art history and literature have begun to attend to how scholars in the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries imagined this world and tried to bring it back to life, in everything from histories of the church to martyrologies, liturgies and new or rebuilt church buildings. Exciting books and articles have shed light on everything from the building of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana and the publication of the Acta Sanctorum, which continue to be great resources for scholarship, to the creation of an imaginary Christian antiquity in Spain.
In this interdisciplinary workshop, senior and junior scholars will assemble to reflect on early modern Catholic visions of early Christian temporalities. Cesare Baronio, the authoritative historian of the Church, proclaimed that it was and had been “semper eadem”—“always the same”—from the Incarnation to his own day. In fact, however, his Annales, when examined closely, reveal paradoxical discontinuities, hidden ruptures and temporal ambiguity alongside the motivated continuities that he emphasized. Theses became complex when historians, antiquaries and artists examined the past in granular detail or reconstructed past practices and buildings to suit both scholarly understandings and current needs. Evidence changed minds. We hope to spend two days examining both the grand claims and the subterranean complexities that have made this body of scholarship so vital.
Speakers Include:
  • Holly Borham (Princeton University)
  • Simon Ditchfield (The University of York)
  • Tony Grafton (Princeton University)
  • Ingo Herklotz (University of Marburg)
  • David Karmon (College of the Holy Cross)
  • Noria Litaker (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Jan Machielsen (Cardiff University)
  • Carolina Mangone (Princeton University)
  • Hannah Marcus (Stanford University)
  • Madeline McMahon (Princeton University)
  • Katrina Olds (University of San Francisco)
  • Irina Oryshkevich (Columbia University)

Speaker Biographies:

Holly Borham (Princeton University)
Simon Ditchfield is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of York, UK. He received his research degrees from the Warburg Institute, London and has published widely on Roman Catholic uses of the past in early modern culture incl. the co-edited volume: Sacred History: uses of the Christian past in the Renaissance world, (with K. Van Liere & H. Louthan), 2012. He is currently completing a survey of the making of Roman Catholicism as a world religion for OUP. Also forthcoming are the two co-edited volumes: Translating Christianity (with C. Methuen & A, Spicer, 2017) and the Brill Companion to early modern Rome (with P. Jones & B. Wisch), 2018. He is a fellow of the Accademia Ambrosiana, Milan and of the Royal Historical Society, London. He is also editor of the Journal of Early Modern History.
Tony Grafton (Princeton University)

Ingo Herklotz is an art historian from Germany. He received his Ph.D. from the Freie Universiät Berlin in 1982, and his Habilitation at the University of Konstanz in 1996. He also taught at the universities of Rome (Italy) and Basel (Switzerland). In 1997, Herklotz became full professor for the history of Italian art at the University of Marburg where he has been teaching ever since. For his research he spent many years in Italy and held positions as research fellow and visiting professor at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, at the Institut National de l'Histoire de l'Art in Paris, and at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Herklotz's main research areas on which he published widely are: medieval art in Rome and Italy, in particular funerary monuments and monuments of papal political propaganda; the history of antiquarianism and of classical archaeology in the early modern period; the reception of early Christian and medieval monuments from the 16th to the 18th centuries; and the history of art history in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s. He is presently working on two monographs, the first is entitled Holy men, heathens and heretics: Scholarly tales from the origins of Christian archaelogyy, the second entitled Richard Krautheimeer in Germany (1925-1933): Towards the uncertain origins of a distinguished career.

David Karmon (Associate Professor, College of the Holy Cross; PhD, Harvard University), studies the history and theory of the early modern built environment. Several of his publications examine the history of archaeology and changing approaches to preservation, including his book The Ruin of the Eternal City: Antiquity and Preservation in Renaissance Rome (Oxford University Press, 2011). Another line of his research explores sensory understandings of architecture and urban space, and he is currently at work on a book on architecture, urbanism, and sensory experience, called The Varieties of Architectural Experience: Early Modern Architecture and the Senses. An essay on this topic, “Early Modern Spaces and Olfactory Traces,” written in collaboration with Christy Anderson, was recently published in The Routledge Handbook of Material Culture in Early Modern Europe (Routledge, 2017).
Noria Litaker (University of Pennsylvania)
Jan Machielsen (Cardiff University)
Carolina Mangone (Princeton University)
Hannah Marcus (Stanford University)
Madeline McMahon (Princeton University)
Katrina Olds (University of San Francisco)
Irina Oryshkevich (Columbia University)
Jennifer Loessy
Area of Interest: 
Art History
Eastern Christianity
15th & 16th Centuries
17th & 18th Centuries