Conference on the Pamphilj in October

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on August 4, 2010

The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome
Boston College, 15-16 October 2010

In September 1644, the election of Pope Innocent X Pamphilj catapulted his family to the height of Roman society. From that moment on, the Pamphilj became active patrons of the arts, which were harnessed as the visual expression of the family’s new identity. Set within the social, religious and cultural context of Rome, the papers will examine the contributions of three generations of patrons: Innocent X; Prince Camillo Pamphilj (the pope’s nephew) and his wife, Princess Olimpia Aldobrandini; and their son, Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj. In particular, this interdisciplinary conference will consider the influential role of the heretofore obscure patron, Benedetto Pamphilj, in shaping the visual arts, music and literature of late Baroque Rome, from his elevation as cardinal in 1681 until his death in 1730.

The conference is free and open to the public but registration is required. In addition the schedule provided below, full details are available here»

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Conference Schedule

Friday, 15 October 2010

8:30 – 9:30    Check-in (pick up reserved lunch tickets)
9:00 – 9:30    Welcome: Nancy Netzer (Boston College) / Introductory Remarks: Stephanie Leone (Boston College)
9:30 – 11:30    SESSION 1: The Pontificate of Innocent X

  • Maria Grazia d’Amelio (Univ. Roma II) and Tod A. Marder (Rutgers Univ.), Art and Science in Baroque Rome: Innocent X, Gianlorenzo Bernini, Athanasius Kircher, and the Four Rivers Fountain
  • Catherine Puglisi (Rutgers Univ.), The Role of the Aldobrandini Chapel Paintings in the Pamphilj Art Collection
  • Andrea de Marchi (Galleria Doria Pamphilj), Comparing Pictures and Planets: The Pamphilj’s Paintings and Telescopes

11:30 – 12:00  Coffee Break
12:00 – 1:15    SESSION 2: Art and Music at the 1671 Wedding of Anna Pamphilj and Giovanni Andrea III Doria

  • Laura Stagno (Palazzo del Principe Doria Pamphilj), The Artistic Production for the 1671 Wedding of Anna Pamphilj and Prince Giovanni Andrea III Doria
  • Ellen Harris (MIT), Introduction to Alessandro Stradella, “L’avviso al Tebro giunto” cantata
  • Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, co-artistic directors, Boston Early Music Festival, Premier U.S. Performance of Stradella’s “L’avviso al Tebro giunto”

1:15 – 2:30    Lunch (reserved box lunches available at 2101 Commonwealth Ave.)
2:30 – 4:00  SESSION 3: Cardinal Pamphilj’s Education and Career

  • Paul F. Grendler (Univ. Toronto), The Jesuit Education of Benedetto Pamphilj at the Collegio Romano
  • James Weiss (Boston College), ‘Too Much a Prince to be but a Cardinal’: Benedetto Pamphilj and the College of Cardinals in the Age of the Late Baroque

Saturday, 16 October 2010

9:00 – 11:00  SESSION 4: Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj and the Visual Arts

  • Stephanie C. Leone (Boston College), Cardinal Pamphilj’s Art Collection and the Price of Cultural Consumption
  • Daria Borghese (American University in Rome), Cardinal Pamphilj and Roman Society: festivals, feasts and more
  • Stefanie Walker, PhD, Cardinal Pamphilj’s ‘Sunflower’ Carriage and the Designer Giovanni Paolo Schor

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 1:00   SESSION 5: Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj and Music

  • Alexandra Nigito (Univ. Bern), Carlo Francesco Cesarini and the Court Music of Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj
  • Ellen Harris (MIT), Pamphilj as Phoenix: Themes of Resurrection in Handel’s Italian works

1:00 – 2:15    Lunch (reserved box lunches available at 2101 Commonwealth Ave.)
2:15 – 4:15    SESSION 6: Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj and Literature

  • Alessandra Mercantini (Archivio Doria Pamphilj), The Unpublished Inventories of Cardinal Pamphilj’s Libraries
  • Vernon Hyde Minor (U. of Colorado), Benedetto Pamphilj as Felicio Larisseo and the Arcadian Academy in Rome
  • Laurie Shepard (Boston College), The Power of the Word in Papal Rome
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