IDEA Ceramics Workshop & Presentation at the University of Wyoming

Guest scholar Lisa Boutin Vitela writes about her visit to the University of Wyoming on October 26, 2017:

“I helped lead discussion about Isabella d’Este’s patronage for an art history seminar about medieval and Renaissance women. I then gave a quick introduction about maiolica at a ceramics workshop where we painted maiolica tiles and plates. Finally, I gave my talk. Because Wyoming has a large studio arts program, many of the students and faculty were primarily interested in the making of the maiolica and Ester Mantovani’s project (which you can see in The Illustrated Credenza video). Students were also interested in exploring the IDEA website and databases. Everyone especially enjoyed the Virtual Studiolo preview video when I showed it in the seminar.”

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship goes to Italian Songs from the Time of Christopher Columbus

Principal Investigator Anne MacNeil writes:

“Since the mid-18th century, scholars have been accustomed to thinking of musical works of art as embodied in their notation. The restrictions of print culture on the publication of critical editions has perpetuated and entrenched this line of thinking. But with the vastly increased resources afforded by digital humanities, Italian songs from the time of Christopher Columbus aims to create a critical edition of the late-15th- and early-16th-century repertory of Italian and Latin songs known as frottole that displaces this notion and relocates the object of study in music as a sounding work of art.”

Isabella d’Este: Selected Letters published!

Deanna Shemek’s edition and translation of 830 of Isabella d’Este’s letters, selected from manuscript sources, was published in March 2017 as  Volume 54 (Toronto Series) of the acclaimed series, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe (ITER Press and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  The 690-page volume also includes a general introduction,  an overview essay for each decade of Isabella’s life, genealogical tables, ample notes, a glossary of names, and an analytical index. Readers will find this volume to be a useful companion to the IDEA: Isabella d’Este Archive Letters project, where manuscript images of this correspondence may be found.