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Panofsky Lecture 2024 // Denis Ribouillault: Calypso's Grotto: Art, Nature, and the Metamorphic Power of Love



von 18:15 bis 20:00


Großer Lesesaal der Bibliothek, 1. OG, Katharina-von-Bora-Str. 10, 80333 München

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The lecture will focus on the theme of Calypso's Grotto in early modern art. This mythical place sung by Homer in the Odyssey has been the subject of numerous interpretations in the visual arts and garden design, touching on issues such as the relationship between art and nature, illusion and imagination, and their relation to amorous passion. The aim of this lecture is to take a fresh look at certain aspects neglected by Panofsky's iconology but central to Homeric poetics: the narrative and emotional power of natural elements, especially rocks. The cave will therefore be analysed not as a mere setting, but as the main protagonist of the artwork, in constant dialogue with the characters who inhabit it. Examples will range from the XVI to the XVIII centuries.


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Denis Ribouillault (Ph.D. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2006) is Professor of Early Modern Art History at the Université de Montréal, Canada. His research focuses on Renaissance villa culture, cultural landscapes and gardens, and the intersection of art, science, and literature. He has received numerous fellowships, including a Florence J. Gould Fellowship at Villa I Tatti (2008-9), a fellowship from the French Academy in Rome (2009-2011), and a Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship (2017). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Università Ca'Foscari (2018) and the Università del Salento (2021). In 2024, in addition to the Panofsky Professorship at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Université de Bordeaux (Chaire Montaigne). His books include Sacred Landscape. Landscape as Exegesis in Early Modern Europe (2011, with Michel Weemans), Rome en ses jardins. Paysage et pouvoir au XVIe siècle (2013), De la peinture au jardin (2016, with Hervé Brunon), Jardiner / Gardening (Intermediality 35 (2020)), The Villa Barbaro at Maser. Science, Philosophy and the Family in Venetian Renaissance Art (2023), and Gardens and Academies in Early Modern Italy and Beyond (2024).



Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt // The event will be held in English.

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