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Vortrag // Daniel M. Unger: Ambiguity in the works of Caravaggio



von 18:15 bis 20:00


Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Raum 242, II. OG | zusätzlich digital via Zoom

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The talk will address works of art that Caravaggio completed in Rome. The focus of the talk will be on the ambiguity of presentation that one can discern in his paintings and on how this ambiguity clarifies every time a certain aspect of his ideas. Caravaggio's sophisticated language comes in contrast to his choice to represent his figures as simple and poor. His unconventional, nonconformist, and independent approach is marked by a certain ambiguity, obscurity, and the blurring of boundaries that shed light on his own perception of a given subject.

Prof. Daniel M. Unger is currently chair of the dept. of the Arts at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He teaches courses on early modern art and culture. He has published extensively on 17th Century Italian Painting. His most recent publications include a book titled: Redefining Eclecticism in Early Modern Bolognese Painting: Ideology, Practice, and Criticism. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019, an edited book titled: Titian’s ‘Allegory of Marriage’: New Approaches (Amsterdam University Press. Expected to be published in July 2022, and the following articles: “And My Sin Is Ever Before Me: A-temporality in Seventeenth-Century Paintings of King David” Religion and the Arts 26 (2022), 32–60; “Marketing and Self-Promotion in Early Modern Painting: The Case of Guercino,” Arts 10.3 (2021), 1–18; “Iconography and Visual Hagiography: Carlo Borromeo’s Portrayals in Bolognese Churches (1611-18).” Renaissance Religions: Modes & Meanings in Italian Renaissance Religion. Europa Sacra 23. Eds. Peter Howard, Nicholas Terpstra and Riccardo Saccenti. Turnhout: Brepols, 2021. 175–203. Currently, Unger’s research focuses on Caravaggio and his unique contribution to religious culture.

[Caption: Caravaggio, Madonna di Loreto or Madonna dei Pelegrini, 1605, Sant’ Agostino, Rome]


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Meeting-ID: 856 5934 5839 | Passwort: 148258