Revising the Renaissance Concept: Global Collections as a Means to a New Definition


Call for papers - deadline: 31 January 2023

Today, Giorgio Vasari's concept of a "Florentine Renaissance" as interpreted by Burckhardt is increasingly considered old-fashioned. According to modern research, this ?Renaissance? is no longer seen as a unique phenomenon anchored exclusively in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy and Italian culture. The art and culture of the period can be studied for example as part of a series of renaissances starting in Late Antiquity or in the Carolingian Age, as well as within an international, even global context. As the idea of "Renaissance" is being challenged, renaissance collections, their contents and biographies also come under review.

Although renaissance collections may frequently have conformed to a canon of antiquities in combination with early modern Italian art, they included many categories of objects from all over the world. Close examination of collections shows that objects, concepts, categories and standards were traded and exchanged between collectors, scholars and courts across Europe. A more chronologically and geographically inclusive view of renaissance collections therefore likely has an impact on our understanding and definition of the renaissance period.

We look for proposals from scholars interested in international collections and global networks of collectors during the early modern era. We are particularly interested in chains of demand and supply providing European collectors with collecting items from overseas territories or non-art categories. Could the same added value achieved through interpretation and invention be applied to both exotica and antiquities? How can our traditional view of the Renaissance accommodate the results of a revised research focus on renaissance collections?

Please send your short abstracts (250 words max) and bio blurbs (200 words) on a topic related to the above by 31 January 2023 to and