Colloque : « The Power of Arts, The Power of Fame: The Extraordinary Renaissance Court of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Lord of Rimini », UCLA, J. Paul Getty Museum (26-27 janvier 2018)

Colloque : « The Power of Arts, The Power of Fame: The Extraordinary Renaissance Court of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Lord of Rimini », UCLA, J. Paul Getty Museum (26-27 janvier 2018)

Although not as well-known as other prominent families such as the Medici, Visconti, or Borgia, the Malatesta of Rimini, especially during the leadership of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta (1417-1468), occupy a central position in the history of the Italian Renaissance. Gifted with great military skill and a profound sensibility for the arts, the “wolf of Rimini” became the epitome of the “man” of the Renaissance. The great Swiss historian Jakob Burckhardt, in his influential The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, considered him a “whole man,” the crowning figure among “the furtherers of humanism,” a condottieree qually capable in war and art, unscrupulous, cruel, and yet refined, in other words the perfect example of the new man capable of changing the course of civilization, and of ushering in the age of modernity. In a time of physical violence and artistic delicacy, Sigismondo could be considered the source of one of the highest cultural achievements of the West.

This conference, organized by Professor Massimo Ciavolella (Italian, UCLA) and Dr. Bryan Keene (J. Paul Getty Museum), commemorates the six-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Sigismondo, and will consider his political and military skills, his relationship with the papacy—which culminated in pope Pius II’s excommunication and condemnation to eternal damnation —and especially his patronage of the arts and of artists such as Leon Battista Alberti, Piero della Francesca, Vittore Pisano (Pisanello), Matteo de’ Pasti, Agostino di Duccio, Roberto Valturio, Basinio da Parma, Bonifacio Bembo, just to mention a few.

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This conference is made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Ahmanson Foundation. Support is also provided by the Armand Hammer Endowment for the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, and the Franklin D. Murphy Chair in Italian Renaissance Studies at UCLA.

Program :

Friday, January 26, 2018 | UCLA Royce Hall Room 314

10:00 Coffee and pastries
10:30 Welcoming Remarks. Massimo Ciavolella (UCLA), Director, CMRS. Antonio Verde, Italian Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles

  • SESSION I: Andrea Moudarres (UCLA), Chair

11:00 Monica Centanni (IUAV University of Venice)
Bellum Italicum. Ancient-Style Feasts and Triumphs in Honor of Sigismondo Malatesta

11:45 Chiara Giovannini (Liceo Classico G. Cesare, Rimini)
‘As Wars Rage on’: Giovanni Mario Filelfo’s Elegiac Verses in Tribute to Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

12:30 Lunch Break

  • SESSION II: Sarah Cantor (UCLA), Chair

2:00 Paolo Cherchi (University of Chicago)
Roberto Valturio and His De re militari

2:45 Bryan C. Keene (The J. Paul Getty Museum)
The Renaissance Mediterranean: Cardinal Bessarion, Italian Courts, and the Sultan

3:30 Break

  • SESSION III: Jean-Claude Carron (UCLA), Chair

3:45 Anthony D’Elia (Queen’s University)
Sigismondo Malatesta as Athlete and Ancient Hero

4:30 Massimo Bulgarelli (IUAV University of Venice)
Sigismondo and the Tempio Malatestiano. Meanings of an Architecture

5:15 Reception catered by Angelini Cafe. Chef Gino Angelini will be present.
7:00 Musical performance by Il Ruggiero: Emanuela Marcante and Daniele Tonini

Saturday, January 13, 2018 | The J. Paul Getty Museum

10:00 Opening Remarks
Bryan C. Keene, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Andrea Gnassi, Mayor of Rimini
Filippo Gasperi, Mayor of Gradara

  • SESSION IV: Davide Gasparotto (The J. Paul Getty Museum), Chair

10:30 Joanna Woods-Marsden (UCLA)
Sigismondo Malatesta: Portraiture and Politics

11:15 Break

  • SESSION V: Lyle Massey (UC Irvine), Chair

11:30 Daniel M. Zolli (Pennsylvania State University)
Agostino di Duccio’s Lapidary Imagination

12:15 Ferruccio Farina (Centro Internazionale di Studi Francesca da Rimini)
Crime Benchmarking. Pius II Piccolomini, Sigismondo Malatesta, Francesco Sforza, Alfonso of Aragona, Federico da Montefeltro and Niccolò d’Este: Sin and Sinners in Comparison

1:00 Lunch Break

  • SESSION VI: Kirstin Noreen (Loyola Marymount University), Chair

2:15 James Fishburne (The Getty Research Institute)
Sacred and Profane: Matteo de’ Pasti’s Portrait Medals and the Court of Sigismondo Malatesta

3:00 Marilyn Aronberg Lavin (Institue for Advanced Studies)
Sigismondo’s Surprising Duality: Images and Words

3:45 Break

  • SESSION VII: Laura Llewellyn (The J. Paul Getty Museum), Chair

4:00 Antonia Gatward Cevizli (Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London)
The ‘Terrible Turk’ and a ‘Citizen of Hell’

4:45 Ulrike Bauer-Eberhardt (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek)
Power of Art – The Military Message of an Illustrated Book by Roberto Valturio, Commissioned by Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

5:30 Reception: Presentation of the new volume by Ferruccio Farina, Sigismondo Malatesta, 1417-1418. Le imprese, il volto e la fama di un principe del Rinascimento (Rimini: Maggioli Editore, 2017). The author and publisher will be present.

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