Perspective as Practice: On the Circulation of Optical Knowledge In and Outside the Workshop
12/13 October, 2012 Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Organizers: Sven Dupré, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Jeanne Peiffer, Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris
This conference addresses the production and circulation of optical knowledge in workshop and design practices of the visual and decorative arts and (garden) architecture between the fourteenth and seventeenth century. Topics include both the practical optical knowledge produced in the context of artists’ workshops and artists’ appropriation and use of the science of optics (perspectiva) for the production of art and architecture, including gardens. We will discuss the material practices of artists (as diverse as gardeners and goldsmiths) in imitating and representing the effects of light, creating the illusion of space and the shaping of landscape (from the use of paper and other instruments, also on real sites, to experimentation with the optical qualities of pigments and binding media). Other views throw light on artists’ reading of texts on optics and their possible use in the context of the workshop. Evening Lecture: Hans Belting (Karlsruhe) Invited speakers: Marjolijn Bol (Utrecht), Filippo Camerota (Florence), Georges Farhat (Toronto), Francesca Fiorani (Virginia), Elaheh Kheirandish (Harvard), Dominique Raynaud (Grenoble), Pietro Roccasecca (Rome), David Summers (Virginia)
Hans Belting will give the keynote lecture:
"Theory of Perception or Picture Theory? Two Visual Cultures in the History of Perspective"
at the Perspective as Practice Conference, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195, Berlin - 18:30 Friday 12 October, 2012.
Professor Belting, Professor Emeritus for the Science of Art and Media Theory, Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, is the author of "Florence and Baghdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science"
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