The Newberry Consort joins forces with Philadelphia-based Piffaro for “La Marchesa Isabella d’Este”

This program honors the great Isabella d’Este, a politician, mother, taste-maker, musician, writer, art collector, and one of the most important patrons of the Italian Renaissance. These concerts feature the frottola, an Italian song form that propagated at Isabella d’Este’s Mantuan court. Isabella commissioned her favorite poets and composers including Josquin des Prez (c. 1450-1521), Bartolomeo Tromboncino (d. 1534) and Marco Cara (d. 1525) to craft these short, amorous songs, which she herself enjoyed performing. Soprano Ellen Hargis gives voice to this sensual Italian poetry accompanied by a variety of Renaissance instruments, including guitar, lute, shawms, recorders, and strings. All performances feature pre-concert chats with Dr. Anne MacNeil, Co-Director of IDEA: Isabella d’Este Archive.
Concerts in Chicago February 7, 8, and 9 and
in Philadelphia February 14, 15, and 16.
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New Essays about Isabella d’Este

IDEA is pleased to announce the publication of four new essays on Isabella d’Este by Carolyn James, Guido Rebecchini, Deanna Shemek, and Roberto Vetrugno, all in a new volume out from Silvana Editore (2019) in honor of IDEA co-director and former director of the Archivio di Stato di Mantova, Daniela Ferrari.

Itinera Chartarum. 150 anni dell’Archivio di Stato di Mantova. Saggi in onore di Daniela Ferrari, edited by Roberta Piccinelli, Deanna Shemek, and Luisa Onesta Tamassia, features forty-eight short research essays based on documents in the Archivio di Stato di Mantova, ranging across a number of disciplines including history, art history, music, cartography, spectacle, and more.

“Ricordare, rintracciare, vedere, partecipare, costruire”: sono queste le parole chiave che caratterizzano i capitoli in cui si articola il volume dedicato a Daniela Ferrari per ringraziarla e riconoscerle i meriti di una lunga e intensa attività di studiosa e di direttrice dell’Archivio di Stato di Mantova Continue reading “New Essays about Isabella d’Este”

Summer conference presentations featuring Isabella d’Este

Writing about Children: Letters by ‘Eminent’ Parents between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age (15th-18th Centuries)
International Conference
Pavia, Collego Ghislieri
28-30 May 2019.

Monica Ferrari, Matteo Morandi, Federico Piseri (University of Pavia)
Patricia Rochwert-Zuili (University of Artois)
Hélène Thieulin Pardo (Sorbonne University)

Within a conference aimed at investigating the letters of “eminent” parents on the education and behaviour of their children, on the emotional communities shaped by inter-generational dynastic relationships, and on the concepts and patterns of childhood between the late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age, the Este and Gonzaga courts were well represented. In particular, two papers focused directly on Isabella d’Este: Carolyn James (Monash University), Raising Federico Gonzaga, «el puton del pa», and his siblings. The epistolary dialogue about their children between Isabella d’Este and Francesco Gonzaga, and Matteo Basora (University of Macerata), «Io te amo più che persona del mondo». Isabella d’Este: lettere ai figli (e sui figli).

See the Pavia conference programme here

The Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference
University of Edinburgh
26-28 June 2019

Panel: Writing and Power in Early Modern Italian Women’s Letters

Panel organisers:
Veronica Andreani, (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
Veronica Copello, (Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento)

Veronica Andreani, (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
Veronica Copello, (Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento)
Kate Driscoll (University of California, Berkeley)
Isabella Lazzarini (University of Molise) 

The panel focuses on the connection between writing and power in early modern Italian women’s epistolary networks. Authoritative and learned figures, such as Isabella d’Este, Vittoria Colonna, Veronica Gambara, and Isabella Andreini will be analysed, together with the topics covered, and the rhetorical and linguistic strategies used in their correspondences with male and female powerful interlocutors. Within the panel, Isabella Lazzarini will talk about Women in Power? Female Epistolary Networks in the Age of the Italian Wars (Mantua, 1490-1510 ca.), focusing on Isabella d’Este’s political letter-writing.

See the Edinburgh conference programme here