Talking Vitruvius in Berlin

Last week Maarten and I attended a most interesting conference on Vitruvius, organized by Serafina Cuomo (Birkbeck college, London) and Marco Formisano (Universiteit Gent/Humboldt Universität Berlin). It brought together scholars from a range of different backgrounds and disciplines, which made for

Talking Vitruvius in Berlin

Last week Maarten and I attended a most interesting conference on Vitruvius, organized by Serafina Cuomo (Birkbeck college, London) and Marco Formisano (Universiteit Gent/Humboldt Universität Berlin). It brought together scholars from a range of different backgrounds and disciplines, which made for

Call for Papers EAHN 2014, Turin

We warmly invite architectural historians to submit an abstract for our session on origins at the annual conference of the European Architectural History Network, held 19-21 June 2014 in Turin, Italy. Abstracts of max. 300 words should be submitted through

Call for Papers EAHN 2014, Turin

We warmly invite architectural historians to submit an abstract for our session on origins at the annual conference of the European Architectural History Network, held 19-21 June 2014 in Turin, Italy. Abstracts of max. 300 words should be submitted through

The origins of architecture according to the Bible

Although recent architectural scholarship does not mention it too often, early eighteenth-century authors regularly coupled the secular, Vitruvian story of architectural origins (see this earlier blogpost for an introduction) to a biblical version. This was entirely representative of the contemporary

The origins of architecture according to the Bible

Although recent architectural scholarship does not mention it too often, early eighteenth-century authors regularly coupled the secular, Vitruvian story of architectural origins (see this earlier blogpost for an introduction) to a biblical version. This was entirely representative of the contemporary

The columnar histories of Kepler and Caramuel

As we have seen in my post on Renaissance depictions of Vitruvian origin myths, since the fifteenth century trees and columns have formed an intriguing alliance in architectural theory. In the seventeenth century however, a new dimension was added: the

The columnar histories of Kepler and Caramuel

As we have seen in my post on Renaissance depictions of Vitruvian origin myths, since the fifteenth century trees and columns have formed an intriguing alliance in architectural theory. In the seventeenth century however, a new dimension was added: the

The primitivist paintings of Piero di Cosimo: a gallery

One of the first articles I read in my study of the primitive hut was a piece by Erwin Panofsky,[1] one of ‘the big three’ in art history,[2] in the very first issue of the Journal of the Warburg Institute.

The primitivist paintings of Piero di Cosimo: a gallery

One of the first articles I read in my study of the primitive hut was a piece by Erwin Panofsky,[1] one of ‘the big three’ in art history,[2] in the very first issue of the Journal of the Warburg Institute.

What is primitivism? Lovejoy & Boas, Gauguin and the myth of Tahiti

It turns out the term ‘primitivism’ as we use it in our research project is pretty unknown, even to fellow cultural historians. High time to do some explaining, therefore! What do we mean by ‘primitivism’, how do we define it

What is primitivism? Lovejoy & Boas, Gauguin and the myth of Tahiti

It turns out the term ‘primitivism’ as we use it in our research project is pretty unknown, even to fellow cultural historians. High time to do some explaining, therefore! What do we mean by ‘primitivism’, how do we define it

Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the myth of the Golden Age: a gallery

Whoever wants to know more about classical origin myths and their reception in early modern Europe, sooner or later ends up with Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Written around 8 AD, the poem in fifteen books was an all time hit: read throughout

Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the myth of the Golden Age: a gallery

Whoever wants to know more about classical origin myths and their reception in early modern Europe, sooner or later ends up with Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Written around 8 AD, the poem in fifteen books was an all time hit: read throughout