Next VizCult: Kim Sexton, University of Arkansas

“Street Life:  The Portico in Renaissance Italy”
Wednesday, October 15, 5:15 pm
FA 218
Sexton.Image

Libro di matematica di Giuliano de’ Medici, fol. 122v, ca. 1490. Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, ms. 2669.

Porticoes and loggias heralded the regeneration of cities in late medieval Italy. Historians usually view these open edifices as public amenities that signaled the vitality and prosperity of urban life in the Renaissance. A closer look at the nature of the activities porticoes housed – manual trades, banking, gaming, civic rituals – reveals that these pursuits were linked by ethical and moral quandaries that surfaced as Italy entered the early modern period. Sexton argues that porticoes, rather than passively sheltering such events, actively displayed emergent social, economic, and political lifestyles to the public. In so doing, porticoes became active tools of visual rhetoric in urban spaces, endowing new and unfamiliar practices with a patina of legitimacy. Sexton’s research situates post-classical porticoes deeply in cultural history, in the processes that informed their construction, and in the mentalities and collective attitudes of the citizens that used them.

Kim Sexton is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Co-sponsors:  Alumni Association, German & Russian Studies, CEMERS, Romance Languages, History

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s