Art & Art History Lecture: Niall Atkinson

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Niall Atkinson is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on late medieval and Renaissance Italy and the sensory experience of premodern urban life through the prism of architecture and space.  Recent projects have explored the relationship between sound, space, and architecture and their role in the construction of civic society.  In his current research, he is exploring ways of digitally visualizing early modern urban soundscapes through GIS technology as well as investigating spatial and cultural disorientation in the accounts of Italian travelers. Atkinson’s publications include a monograph entitled The Noisy Renaissance: Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban Life (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016).  His articles include “Seeing Sound: Mapping the Florentine Soundscape,” in Mapping Space, Sense, and Movement in Florence: Historical GIS and the Early Modem City, eds. Nicholas Terpstra, Colin Rose (Routledge, 2016), and “Thinking Through Noise, Building Toward Silence: Creating a Sound Mind and Sound Architecture in the Premodern City,” Grey Room 60 (2015).  Elements of current projects on architecture, disorientation, and the hermeneutics of movement have been published as “Getting Lost in the Italian Renaissance,” I Tatti Studies in the Renaissance 19, 1 (2016) and with Susanna Caviglia as “Making sense of Rome in the eighteenth century: walking and the French aesthetic imagination, Word & Image, 34:3 (2018), 216-236.

Co-sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Wednesday, February 20 at 4:30pm

Little Hall, 105, Golden Auditorium


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