Colloque : « Images and words in exile. Avignon and Italy in the first half of the 14th century (1310-1352) »

At the start of the fourteenth century, far-reaching political events
rapidly changed the set-up of the Mediterranean basin and together
distorted the ‘Ordo universalis’ through which the material and
symbolic space of ‘Christianitas’ had, for centuries, been understood.

While the ‘topos’ of the Avignon papacy, or « Babylonian Captivity »,
progressively took hold and Rome was increasingly portrayed as the new
abandoned Jerusalem, the court of Avignon offered the opportunity for a
political, cultural and artistic experimentation. The increasing use of
the political tool of banishment, the proliferation of accusations of
heresy, the bitterly contested ‘quaestio de paupertate’ and, from a
mystic-theological perspective, the ‘quaestio de visione beatifica’,
are ones of the ways in which the new Christianity attempted, on
different scales, to redefine its identity though exclusion practices.

On a different level, self-exclusion, pursued or accepted, is a
rediscovered path for self-affirmation. We need only think about, to
give two examples, the new forms of eremitism and Dante’s ‘Commedia’,
according to some the first modern work of the ‘Exilliteratur’ for the
role accorded to the state of exile in constructing the figure of its

Exile, a mental image that has always been linked to the period of
Avignon papacy, is the lens through which this interdisciplinary
Conference aims to interpret the first half of the 14th century, from
Henry VII’s imperial expedition which came to an unexpected end with
his death at the gate of Siena, the moment when the irreversible nature
of the Papal Curia’s transfer to France (1309-1313) became clear, up
until the end of the papacy of Clement VI (1352).

Displaced Persons
SATURDAY 9 APRIL, Avignon, Musée du Petit Palais
Chair: Elisa Brilli (Firenze)

10:30 h
Dominique Vingtain (Avignon)

10:40 h
Giuliano Milani (Roma)
Appunti per una rilettura del bando di Dante

11:20 h
Dieter Blume (Jena)
Francesco da Barberino. The Experience of Exile and the Allegory of Love

12:00 h
Sylvain Piron (Paris)
Les exils de Opicinus de Canistris

12:40 h
Marina Gagliano (Paris)
« Hierosolymitanus exul inter et super flumina Babilonis indignans
scripsi ». La polemica antiavignonese di Petrarca e il modello di Dante

13:20 h

Keynote Lecture
SATURDAY 9 APRIL, Avignon, Musée du Petit Palais
16:30 h
Agostino Paravicini Bagliani (Lausanne)
Avignon, une autre Rome?

Avignon: the Making of a Capital
SUNDAY 10 APRIL, Avignon, Musée du Petit Palais
Chair: Gerhard Wolf (Firenze)

9:00 h
Joëlle Rollo-Koster (Kingston)
Avignon’s Capitalization and the Legitimation of  Transiency

9:40 h
Xavier Barral-Altet (Rennes/Venezia)
Afficher l’exil à l’extérieur du palais. L’entrée monumentale du Palais
des Papes d’Avignon

10:20 h
Barbara Bombi (Canterbury)
The “Avignon Captivity” as Means of Success. The Circle of the

11:00 h
Coffee break

11:20 h
Etienne Anheim (Versailles)
Simone Martini à Avignon: une histoire en négatif?

12:00 h
Francesca Manzari (Roma)
Le opportunità offerte dall’esilio. Elementi multiculturali e libertà
d’innovazione nella miniatura avignonese del Trecento

12:40 h

Exchanging Glances
SUNDAY 10 APRIL, Avignon, Musée du Petit Palais
Chair: Serena Romano (Lausanne)

14:30 h
Maria Alessandra Bilotta (Paris)
Avignon comme Bologne? Remarques sur le rôle d’Avignon dans la
production des manuscrits juridiques

15:10 h
Claudia Bolgia (Edinburgh)
Images in the City. Presence, Absence and ‘Exile’ in Rome in the First
Half of the 14th Century

15:50 h
Coffee break

16:10 h
Theresa Holler (Firenze)
L’Aldilà della Cappella Strozzi. I domenicani, l’esilio di Dante e il
ritorno dell’Inferno

16:50 h
Francesco Pasquale (Venezia)
Napoli traslata. Roberto d’Angiò e la sua corte ad Avignone

17:30 h

Mapping Avignon’s Space
MONDAY 11 APRIL, Université d’Avignon (salle 2E02)
Chair: Michel Laclotte (Paris)

9:00 h
Marylin Nicoud (Avignon)

9:10 h
Sebastian Zanke (Augsburg)
Imagined Spaces? John XXII, the Papal Registers and European Policy

9:50 h
Gottfried Kerscher (Trier)
Hofordnung – Rangordnung – Raumordnung. Disruptive Changes in Avignon

10:30 h
Tina Sabater (Palma de Mallorca)
Intorno all’influenza della corte di Avignone sull’arte. La pittura
maiorchina del XIV secolo

11:10 h
Coffee break

11:30 h
Rosa Alcoy (Barcelona)
Avignone e la Catalogna dei Bassa

12:10 h
Alessandro Tomei (Chieti)
Opere e artisti in esilio tra Italia e Provenza (con qualche ritorno).
Modelli, stili e iconografie

13:00 h

Visit II
MONDAY 11 APRIL, Avignon
15:00 h
Marie-Claude Léonelli (Avignon) and Dominique Vingtain (Avignon)
Décors peints médiévaux avignonnais, entre France et Italie

Dr. Elisa Brilli

Dr. Laura Fenelli

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