investigation on mannerism

call for abstracts

November 1, 2020


December 15-16, 2020
curated by Lina Malfona (UniPi) and Valerio Paolo Mosco (IUAV)

The long wars for European domination, the Sack of Rome, violent epidemics, the dissolution of the unified Church, and the publication of Copernicus’ De revolutionibus orbium caelestium were the primary causes of the profound crisis in Europe throughout the sixteenth century. This uncertain climate saw the development of Mannerism, an artistic and cultural period wedged between the Renaissance and the Baroque. Still, aspects of Mannerism have persisted for so long that architects and historians—like Arnold Hauser, Colin Rowe, Manfredo Tafuri and Robert Venturi—wrote about Mannerism as a relevant and constitutive condition of Western culture.

Indeed, our time carries deep similarities to the sixteenth-century crisis. Political, economic, and cultural instability walk alongside a new kind of Copernican revolution: that is, the evolution of information technologies—as powerful as they are ambiguous—that have generated such a vigorous transformation as to alter, duplicate, and overturn our very sense of reality. Jean-François Lyotard had already announced this revolution in 1979, when he launched Postmodernism with La Condition postmoderne. Postmodernism as an artistic tendency shares some undeniable affinities with Mannerism, so much so that today it is difficult to read Mannerism without the postmodernist lens. The similarities between these two movements concern their common propensity for intellectual games, subversions of the canon, variations of scale, caprices, scenic design, and a tendency to carry out a dialogue with history.

Episodes of crisis and subsequent re-appropriation of the past occur cyclically, and Mannerism itself can be seen as an underground current that emerges every so often in the art history. Is it therefore appropriate to speak of yet another mannerist condition today? In this light, the proposed investigation is a tool to understand this meta-historical condition and to launch it in a future perspective.

L'idea di Manierismo - Prof. Paolo Portoghesi

Sessione 1

15 12 2020 - Mattina

Marco Abate

Lina Malfona

Paolo Portoghesi

Margherita Petranzan

Denise Ulivieri

Paola Nicolin

Adriana Granato

Sessione 2

15 12 2020 Pomeriggio

Renato Rizzi

Claudio Strinati

Denise Rae Costanzo

Tiffany Lynn Hunt

Wilfried Wang

Paolo Zermani

Sessione 3

16 12 2020 Mattina

Marco Biraghi

Alessandro Melis

Maria Luisa Frisa

Andrew Leach

Franco Purini

Sessione 4

16 12 2020 Pomeriggio

Alejandro Zaera-Polo

Luca Lanini

Luca Molinari

Sylvia Lavin


Timeline and introduction of speakers by / Introduce i partecipanti e modera 
Lucia Giorgetti

Questions acceptance and reading / Ricezione e trasmissione delle domande

Conference registration by December 12 / Registrazione alla conferenza entro il 12 Dicembre

December 15th, 2020
15 dicembre 2020

Opening / Apertura

Conference introduction / Introduzione del simposio / 
Lina Malfona, UniPi

L’idea di Manierismo, lectio magistralis
Paolo Portoghesi, UniRoma1

Quale Manierismo?
Margherita Petranzan, PoliMi

“Predominanza dell’affacciamento”: dall’ingegno manierista di Bernardo Buontalenti all’architettura della linea e del colore di Francesco Tomassi
Denise Ulivieri, UniPi

Regola e licenza: educazione e maniera nelle arti visive
Paola Nicolin, Università Bocconi

Primitivo Contemporaneo: alla maniera della materia
Adriana Granato, PoliMi

Discussion / Dibattito

Pausa / Break

Il manierismo nella scultura
Claudio Strinati, UniRoma5

Ammutinamento e mistica: John Hejduk
Renato Rizzi, IUAV

What's Mannerism Got to Do with It? Colin Rowe, Robert Venturi, and Architectures of Ambivalence
Denise Rae Costanzo, Penn State University

Reality and Mannerism: Radical Normality Versus Constant Late Adolescence
Wilfried Wang, UTSOA

Iconicity of Mannerism: a Transhistorical Reading
Tiffany Lynn Hunt, Temple University

Paolo Zermani, UniFi

Discussion / Dibattito 

16 dicembre 2020
December 16th, 2020

Opening and Introduction / Apertura e introduzione della II giornata
Valerio Paolo Mosco, IUAV

Architettura Remix
Marco Biraghi, PoliMi

Mannerism Through the Lens of Architectural Exaptation
Alessandro Melis, University of Portsmouth

à la mode de la mode
Maria Luisa Frisa, IUAV

Giusta Nicco Fasola and the Historiography of Mannerism
Andrew Leach, The University of Sydney

Il Manierismo continuo
Franco Purini, UniRoma1

Discussion / Dibattito

Break / Pausa

The End of Manners: New Intolerances for the After-Post-Truth Age
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, AZPML

Il Manierismo moderno di Giuseppe Terragni
Luca Lanini, UniPi

Condizione del Manierismo contemporaneo
Luca Molinari, UniCampania

The Postmodernization of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
Sylvia Lavin, Princeton University

Discussion and conclusion / Dibattito e chiusura simposio

The Mannerist Condition Call for Paper

Ritratto di un giovane uomo
Attr. Parmigianino
Musée du Louvre, Paris

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