Maestri ticinesi, magistri grigioni: Two Panels at AAIS 2014, Zurich

Italian Art Society sponsored sessions

An enthusiastic response to the call for papers yielded two panels on “Maestri ticinesi, magistri grigioni: Swiss-Italian Architects and Craftsmen in Early Modern Europe” at the upcoming American Association for Italian Studies 2014 conference in Zurich. The first panel focuses on architects, while the second turns its attention to craftsmen. As befits the international topic, the eight speakers represent five different countries, and their six papers treat geographies from Rome and Piedmont all the way to Bohemia, Lithuania, and the British Isles.

The two panels have been scheduled back-to-back on Friday afternoon, 23 May 2014, in the main building of the Universität Zürich.

Special thanks to the Italian Art Society for sponsoring the panels, and to Nadja Horsch for agreeing to moderate the “Craftsmen” segment.

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Maestri ticinesi, magistri grigioni: Swiss-Italian Architects and Craftsmen in Early Modern Europe I: Architects
Friday, 23 May 2014, 15:30-16:45, Room KO2-F-173
Moderator: Susan Klaiber

Domenico Fontana’s Trasportatione dell´obelisco vaticano – the prototype of a new genre of architectural literature
Nadja Horsch, Universität Leipzig

Imported versus local tradition: the example of Bohemia
Madleine Skarda, Universität Zürich

Un sodalizio “ticinese” nella Roma del Settecento: i rapporti di committenza tra Livio Odescalchi e Carlo Buratti
Maria Gabriella Pezone, Seconda Università di Napoli

Maestri ticinesi, magistri grigioni: Swiss-Italian Architects and Craftsmen in Early Modern Europe II: Craftsmen
Friday, 23 May 2014, 17:00-18:15, Room KO2-F-173
Moderator: Nadja Horsch

Maestri ticinesi nel cantiere della reggia di Venaria Reale (1660-1713). Competenze professionali, mestieri, organizzazione del cantiere
Mauro Volpiano, Politecnico di Torino

From Ticino to Lithuania: materials and techniques of stucco decoration
Giovanni Cavallo, Giacinta Jean, Stefania Luppichini, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)

Building on Beard: maestri ticinesi in eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland
Christine Casey, Trinity College, Dublin

Organizer of both panels: Susan Klaiber

View panel abstracts online or as a Word document.

Maestri ticinesi, magistri grigioni

Update March 2014: Program for AAIS 2014 panels now available here.

Call for Papers: Maestri ticinesi, magistri grigioni:
Swiss-Italian Architects and Craftsmen in Early Modern Europe

Italian Art Society Sponsored Session at the American Association for Italian Studies 2014 Annual Conference, Zurich, 23-25 May 2014

The Italian-speaking regions of early modern Switzerland exported significant expertise in the building trades throughout Europe. These émigré architects, builders, and craftsmen such as stuccatori worked for courts, monasteries, and other patrons in present-day Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and elsewhere. While often well-studied by scholars in both Switzerland and the respective regions of migration, international awareness of such careers generally remains low, with notable exceptions such as Francesco Borromini. Taken collectively, though, Swiss-Italian architects and craftsmen played important roles as agents of cultural transfer with their itinerant careers in early modern Europe.

These figures include Domenico Fontana, Carlo Maderno, and Carlo Fontana in Rome; Enrico Zuccalli and Giovanni Antonio Viscardi in Bavaria; and Giovanni Battista Quadro in Poland. The scholarly literature on such men is as rich yet dispersed as the architectural culture they embody. Representative publications include, in Italian, the exhibition catalogue Il giovane Borromini (1999), and books by Tommaso Manfredi (2008) and Marcello Fagiolo (ed., 2008); works in German by Sabine Heym (1984), Max Pfister (1991), and Michael Kühlenthal (ed., 1997); or several publications in Polish and Italian by Mariusz Karpowicz. Many of these studies are only available regionally.

This session aims to break down these geographic and linguistic barriers and move toward a comprehensive view of the work of the “maestri ticinesi” and “magistri grigioni” with a comparative transnational approach. The session welcomes papers on any aspect of Swiss-Italian involvement in the building trades anywhere in Europe, c. 1400-1800. Preference will be given to papers highlighting ties of workers (dynasties, networks), designs, techniques, or materials to Switzerland.

Panel chair: Susan Klaiber

Deadline for proposals: 5 December 2013

Please send a 300-word proposal and a short CV to Susan Klaiber (sklaiber [at] bluewin [dot] ch)

Download this call for papers in PDF format.

For complete details on AAIS 2014, visit the conference website.

To learn more about the Italian Art Society, visit the IAS website.

Please note: Paper presenters must be members of the American Association for Italian Studies when they register for the conference. Italian Art Society membership is NOT necessary.