CONF: Ars e natura nella Napoli moderna (Naples, 17 – 18 September 2015)

Ars e natura nella Napoli moderna (17 – 18 September 2015)
 La cultura visuale, letteraria e scientifica della Napoli rinascimentale e moderna ha avuto radici profonde nell’ambiente naturale della città, dall’evocazione lirica del paesaggio campano nell’Arcadia di Jacopo Sannazaro fino al tentativo vichiano di legare la civilizzazione umana al confronto esistenziale dell’uomo con le forze della natura. A partire però dal giudizio svalutativo di Burckhardt (“das prunkliebende apel”: Napoli sedotta dall’opulenza), la cultura napoletana è stata talvolta stigmatizzata come eccessiva ed epigonale. Il presente convegno, caratterizzato da un autentico spirito interdisciplinare, propone il superamento di tali clichés storiografici, e lo sviluppo di una differente narrazione. Grazie al oinvolgimento di storici dell’arte, della letteratura e della scienza, saranno indagati gli episodi più ilevanti i incontro e convergenza fra ars e natura a Napoli, anche in relazione al contemporaneo dibattito cientifico. In questo modo, si cercherà di riscoprirne il contesto culturale d’eccezione, un laboratorio in cui letteratura, arte e scienza si sono incontrate e hanno dialogato insieme, nell’adesione condivisa ad un contesto naturale e geografico egualmente eccezionale.
From Iacopo Sannazaro’s lyric evocation of the Campania landscape in his Arcadia to Giambattista Vico’s attempts to anchor human civilisation in man’s existential confrontation with the forces of nature, the literary, visual and scientific culture of early modern Naples is deeply grounded in the city’s natural environment. Ever since Jacob Burckhardt wrote dismissively of “das prunk-liebende Neapel,” the city’s culture has been characterised as both derivative and excessive. Foregoing such evaluations, this interdisciplinary conference sets out to develop an alternative account. Involving historians of art, literature and he sciences, it will explore moments of confrontation and convergence between art and nature in Naples, as well as their relation to contemporary debates in the sciences. In doing so, the conference aims to lay bare a unique cultural situation where literature, art and science meet and interact in their shared adherence to an equally unique geographical context.
For more information and programme, see: https://www.fbkultur.uni-hamburg.de/naturbilder/aktuelles/materialien/neapel-flyer.pdf

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