The 400th anniversary of Caravaggio’s death has been commemorated over the past two years with celebrations in Italy, exhibitions of his work, and the publication of numerous new exhibition catalogues, books, and monographs.  In addition, Scala Group International has created the Caravaggiomania app (1.99) for the iPhone that provides information on his art and life in text and video.  Michael Fried’s book, The Moment of Caravaggio (Princeton University Press, 2010) is T.J. Clark’s pick for Atforum’s “Best Books of 2010” (December 2010, p. 74).

New PhiloBiblon web version

The PhiloBiblon team is delighted to announce the beta version of the new PhiloBiblon web site, which went live on February 1, 2011.

Over the course of the next several months enhancements will be made to the functionality of the search engine, the legibility of the search results pages, and the display of accented characters.

The new web version of PhiloBiblon will be formally presented to the scholarly world at two symposia:

Humanidades en la Red: Mundo Medieval, Universitat de Barcelona, February 23-25, 2011. Co-sponsored by the Universitat de Barcelona (IRCVM, ICE, Máster de Culturas Medievals), the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Arxiu de la Corona d’Aragó, the Fundació Bosch i Gimpera, the Institut d’Estudis Catalans, and the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación.

Corpus Medieval em Português: Novos Testmunhos na BITAGAP, Faculdade de Letras, Aula III, Universidade de Lisboa, March 1, 2011. Sponsored by the Centro de Linguística de Universidade de Lisboa.

Roundtable: Householders

February 17th, Faculty Club

The first Bancroft Round Table of the 2011 Spring Semester will take place at noon on Thursday, February 17 in the traditional Lewis-Latimer Room of the Faculty Club.  Bancroft Study Award Recipient Tara McDowell, Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at UC Berkeley, will give a talk entitled Householders.

San Francisco-based artist Jess (1923-2004) shared a household with his partner of nearly four decades, preeminent poet Robert Duncan (1919-1988). This household was both a physical place and a rich and multivalent site that was imaginary, generative, collective, and political, in sharp contrast to long-dominant paradigms of individual authorship and originality. The talk explores how their household functioned as a rubric for both art production and sociability.

Bancroft’s modern poetry holdings of books and manuscripts, featuring the Ferlinghetti and City Lights collections, are rich and extensive.  Our several Robert Duncan collections have been attracting scholars for many years.  The papers of the artist Jess are among our most sought after contemporary collections. Please join us to learn more about the symbiosis that shaped the creative work of two of San Franciscos most important twentieth-century spirits.