Travel and Space during the Middle Ages and Renaissance

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, travel was a perilous and complex endeavor due to the long duration of most journeys, the challenges presented by terrain and weather, exposure to robbers, the difficulties in finding satisfactory shelter and food, and the general conditions of pre-modern life. Despite this, merchants, clergymen, pilgrims and artists alike undertook long-distance travels willingly for many different reasons, including the desire to exchange goods and ideas, seek fortune, work, and demonstrate their faith.

The purpose of this session is to investigate representations of travel and travelers in the arts. How was traveling understood and presented in the visual arts? To what kind of audience were these visual documents directed? How did the use of different mediums contribute to the representation of this experience? Papers that explore how the different artistic languages of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance affected the perception of space and the experience of travel are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit proposals for papers that address the following topics:

  • National and international travels
  • Artists' travels
  • The spreading of artistic ideas or styles
  • The importance of artistic representation of traveling
  • Traveling and the function of art in portraying the "other"
  • Representation of architecture during travels
  • Pilgrimage and art
  • "Space" in Medieval and Renaissance art

Proposals should be sent to Daniele Di Lodovico by December 29, 2017. Please include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a CV with contact information.