Tours-France 2017 : international conference “The dynamics of the relationship with the more recent past in early modern Europe: between rejection and acknowledgement”

20-22 June

Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR)
59 Rue Néricault Destouches 37000 Tours

From a cultural standpoint, our attitude towards our predecessors reflects on how we define ourselves. This has probably never been more true than for the groups of intellectuals, artists, and cultural elites that at the cross-over of what we now see as two different historical periods started to think of their age as a new era, distinct from the younger past, grounding this distinction on their renewed relationship with the more remote era of the ancient cultures of Rome and Greece. We have inherited from them this way of thinking about our history, albeit with several modifications. Nowadays this image of an abrupt break with a past of gloom and stagnation is under strong suspicion, like a myth; and just as all myths do, it unfolded and metamorphosed over the centuries that separate us from those ancestors into whose thought can be traced back the roots of this idea of Renaissance as a time of innovation and revival of learning, wisdom and art after a long period of decline.

The aim of this cross-disciplinary international symposium, to be held as the culmination of a year-long LE STUDIUM project at the CESR entitled “Middle Ages in Renaissance”, is to explore the early-modern perceived reality of the continuities and the disruptions between the two ages, in connection with but nevertheless besides their objective actuality.

Examining the numerous aspects and fields in which this conception of a time that had interposed between the antiquity and its renewed admirers manifests itself, the symposium will provide an all-round view of the different renaissant perspectives towards it, thus contributing to a better comprehension of our perception of our history.


Dr Maria Clotilde Camboni
Le Studium – Marie Slodowska Curie Research Fellow, in residence at CESR (Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance – UMR 7323 CNRS – University François-Rabelais of Tours), FR.
From Département des Langues et Littératures – Domaine Italien, University of Fribourg, CH
Pr Chiara Lastraioli
CESR (Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance – UMR 7323 CNRS – University François-Rabelais Tours), FR
MSH (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Val de Loire  – USR 3501, Director)

Main topics

Middle Ages  ; Renaissance ; Medieval influence on Renaissance humanism ; Renaissance view of the Middle Ages ; Renaissance Studies ; Renaissance Arts ; Renaissance History ; Renaissance Literature ; Renaissance Philosophy


Dr Laura Banella, Duke University – USA
Pr Johannes Bartuschat, Universität Zürich , Romanisches Seminar – SWITZERLAND
Dr Giada Damen, The Morgan Library & Museum – New York – USA
Pr Paola Degni, University of Bologna- Department of Cultural Heritage – ITALY
Pr Simon Gilson, University of Warwick – UK
Pr Bruno Laurioux, University François Rabelais of Tours – France
Dr François Loget, Universiy of Limoges – France
Pr Fosca Mariani Zini, University of Lille – France
Pr Concetta Pennuto, University François Rabelais of Tours – France
Pr Yves Pauwels, Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) de Tours – France
Pr Pietro Roccasecca, Accademia di Belle Arti, Roma  – ITALY
Dr Valentina Sebastiani, Universität Basel – SWITZERLAND
Dr Sandra Toffolo, University of St Andrews – UK


Mardi 20 juin 2017

14H30    Ouverture
Session 1 : Forms/Formes

14H45    Pr Yves Pauwels – CESR de Tours, France
Les racines médiévales de l’architecture de la Renaissance en France
15H30    Pause café
16h00    Pr Pietro Roccasecca – Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Italie
The literary viewpoint towards the “ancient , “non ancient”  and  modern time in Leon Battista Alberti’s De pictura
16H45    Dr Sandra Toffolo – University of St Andrews, Grande-Bretagne
From Troy to Venice: Appropriation of a legendary past in early modern literature on the city of Venice
17H30    Intervention Cellule Europe – Géraldine Leonard
19H30    Lecture (Conférence grand public de vulgarisation scientifique) – Bibliothèque Municipale
Pr Bruno Laurioux – Université de Tours, France
Quand a-t-on cessé de manger « comme au Moyen Âge » ?
Mercredi 21 juin 2017

Session 2 : Objects/Objets

09H00    Pr Paola Degni – University of Bologna, Italie
Manuscripts and printed books in book collections between the XVth and XVIth Centuries
09H45    Dr Valentina Sebastiani – Herzog August Bibliothek, Allemagne
Visual Reception of Medieval Books Printed in Renaissance Basel 1480-1540
10H30    Pause café
11H15    Dr Giada Damen – The Morgan Library & Museum – New York, USA
Collecting the Past in Early Modern Venice
12H00    Déjeuner (La Table du Grand Marché)
Session 3 : Texts/textes

14H00    Pr Simon Gilson – University of Warwick, Grande-Bretagne
Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy, c. 1350–c. 1650
14H45    Pr Johannes Bartuschat – Universität Zürich, Suisse*
Filippo Villani’s Famous Florentines: a new look to medieval history and culture from a humanist standpoint
15H30    Pause café
16H00    Dr Maria Clotilde Camboni – CESR de Tours, France
The same trajectory of history for different stories: shifting views of the medieval vernacular poetic tradition during the Renaissance
16H45    Dr Laura Banella – Duke University, USA
“A Forgotten Petrarchist and Dantist: Jacopo Antonio Benaglio from Treviso, Poet and Copyist”
18H00    Visite guidée du centre ville de Tours
20H00    Dîner de gala (L’Atelier Lebeau)
Jeudi 22 juin 2017

Session 4 : Ideas/Idées

09H00    Dr François Loget – Université de Limoges, France
Le double héritage des mathématiciens de la Renaissance
09H45    Pr Fosca Mariani Zini – Université de Lille, France
Despoiling the medieval philosophy: What the humanists do, without saying it.
10H30    Pause café
11H15    Pr Concetta Pennuto – Université de Tours, France
Could “barbarian” medicine be used during the Renaissance? Looking for health in medieval tradition
12H00    Conclusion

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