May 20: “From Vasari to Galileo, the statue as a metaphor . . .”

FRANCESCO ERSPAMER
(Romance Languages and Literature, Harvard University)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Royce 314 at 4:00 PM, UCLA

“From Vasari to Galileo, the statue as a metaphor and representations of the lost unity of knowledge and of the invention of what we call culture”

The metaphor of the statue is examined in this talk by CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Francesco Erspamer (Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University), exploring the short and momentous period in which knowledge lost its unity and what we call “culture” was born. In the first year of the 16th century, Michelangelo looked at a block of marble that had been spoiled by another sculptor and instantly saw in it the figure of the David. Half a century later, Giorgio Vasari transformed this neo-platonic act of liberating the form from the matter that imprisoned it into the symbolical beginning of modern culture. A few decades later it was Galileo’s turn to use it as an example of the difference between traditional learning and his new science. This talk is given in English and co-sponsored by the Department of Italian.

CMRS@HUMNET.UCLA.EDU    |    310-825-1880    |    WWW.CMRS.UCLA.EDU

Advance Registration is not required. Please sign the attendance sheet at the door. No fee.  Seating is limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Use the Self Pay Parking in UCLA Lots 2, 3, and 4

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