Connections, Conflicts, and Convergences

Exploring ‘othering’ in global visual and material cultures, ca. 1500-1800 The focus of this conference is the material and visual embodiments of interactions of ‘othering’, and/or ‘othering’ as their product. By othering we refer to the construction of the self and its opposition, through a myriad of intersections. Visual and material culture are key to […]

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd, Cubiculum of the Donna Velata, Fresco on rock-cut tufa,  Ceiling fresco, Roman Early Christian, 3rd Century ( Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome, Italy). Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.   Every artefact that has endured from the past, regardless of its age, serves as a footprint of that era. Frequently, […]

Grappling with things: Mission Preparation

The EUI Visual and Material History Working Group hosts its annual workshop tailored to first year researchers to introduce approaches for working with visual and material sources in research. Are you wondering how to approach visual and material sources in your upcoming mission and research? How do you begin to write about them? This workshop […]

The Second Life of Objects: Martyrdom, emotions, memory in post-Risorgimento Italy (1860-1884)

Lecture by Carlotta Sorba During the Age of Revolutions political objects performed a primary political function. They even experienced a “second life” at the end of the events which generated their birth and dissemination. They made their way into private or public collections, activating memory and commemoration circuits which contributed to defining collective identities. In […]

Museo Ferragamo Visit

The Visual and Material History Working Group organised a visit to the Ferragamo Museum and its exhibition Salvatore Ferragamo 1898-1960. The visit included a kindly offered guided tour in English.

The Stibbert Museum: Research Perspectives

The Stibbert Museum (ill. 1), located in the outskirts of Florence, is today a true jewel, hidden from the tourist tropes and therefore not a necessary “must” on the map of the city. It is a pity, because this museum, the personality of its creator, and the unique collection of applied arts, including those of […]

Email us to get Published

This January 2024 we are releasing our new article series. If you have an article in mind that you would like to publish on here please email us at: [email protected]. We welcome short articles from 500-1000 words on material or visual culture; including but not limited to, museum studies, art history and curation practice. For […]

Review: Museo di Palazzo Davanzati

Nowadays in Italian cities, such as Florence, it has become rather common to spot green parakeets flocking from one tree to another from springtime to autumn. Yet, this certainly was not the case during the Middle Age and the Early Renaissance, especially indoors. Imagine then our surprise, and that of our predecessors, when entering the […]

Museo Davanzati

On Friday 15th December at 17:00 we wrapped up 2023 with a museum visit to Davanzati! The museum is free to visit for those with an EUI card and closes at 19:00 on a Friday so we proposed a late afternoon visit from 17:00-19:00 followed by a dinner to say goodbye before the holidays. The […]