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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

IMEMS Openness and Secrecy seminar: Professor Carlo Caruso [Italian] 'Hidden in the Hieroglyphs? The Art of the Political Portrait in the Italian Renaissance'

3rd November 2015, 17:30, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Durham University

Followed by a drinks reception at the Cafe, Palace Green Library.

This event is part of the IMEMS Openness and Secrecy seminar series for 2015/16. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To book your place click here

Abstract: During the turbulent period known as the Italian Wars (1494-1527), a number of European potentates strove to secure hegemony in Italy and in Europe by forming ever new, as well as unstable, political alliances. To mark one such occasion, the Pope, Clement VII, commissioned Sebastiano del Piombo's striking portrait of sea captain Andrea Doria (1466-1560). Painted in May 1526 when the European crisis was approaching its height, Sebastiano's portrait appears to convey an encrypted (and as yet undeciphered) message of a political nature.

Carlo Caruso is Professor of Italian at Durham University. His main interests are in the field of the classical tradition in Italian literature. He is editor (with A. Laird) of Italy and the Classical Tradition. Language, Thought and Poetry 1300-1600 (Bloomsbury 2009), and author of Adonis. The Myth of the Dying God in the Italian Renaissance (Bloomsbury 2013, 2nd ed. 2015).

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