IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1034: Literary and Pictorial Delights: Pleasure as Cultural Practice in the Late Middle Ages and the Beginning of the Renaissance, I

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Carlos Rafael Ruta, Escuela de Humanidades, Universidad Nacional de San Martín
Moderator/Chair:José Emilio Burucúa, Escuela de Humanidades, Universidad Nacional de San Martín
Paper 1034-aPainting and Pleasure: Delectation in Images from Alberti to Leonardo
(Language: English)
José Emilio Burucúa, Escuela de Humanidades, Universidad Nacional de San Martín
Nicolás Kwiatkowski, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) / Universidad de San Martín
Index terms: Art History - Painting
Paper 1034-bReasons for Pleasure and the Pleasures of Reason: The Philosophical Background of John of Jandun's De laudibus Parisius
(Language: English)
Gustavo Fernández Walker, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) / Escuela de Humanidades, Universidad National de San Martín
Index terms: Philosophy
Paper 1034-cTaking Pleasure in the Aesthetics of Books: Some Observations about Bibliophiles of the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Gert Melville, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Index terms: Literacy and Orality
Abstract

In a Familiar Letter from 1346, Petrarch praised reading as a form of beneficial pleasure. He contrasted that activity with the superficial delight derived from images. Leon Battista Alberti’s thoughts on the matter follow a different path: in De Pictura, he asserted that fruition towards images was also a source of legitimate pleasure. Our panel will discuss the concept of pleasure derived from the contemplation of texts and images, from mid-14th century until the beginnings of the 16th century. We will consider the deviating paths between them, trace possible dialectic relationships through which they strengthened each other, or even analyze the conflicts that arose in this paragone.