Religion and Violence in Early Modern Naples

13 September 2013

CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT - SG1&2

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Conference fee:
£20 (full); £10 (student) - includes lunch and tea/coffee
Wednesday 11 September 2013


Dr Melissa Calaresu (University of Cambridge)
Professor Helen Hills
(University of York) 


This one-day workshop will explore the particular relationships between Naples, violence and religion in the early modern period and later historiography. Commentators frequently remarked on a cruelty or violence in baroque Naples and its art. This was occasionally ascribed to something 'Spanish'. How are we to understand the paradigm of violence in early modern Naples? Are there better models than that of violence to interpret the religious beliefs, practices and art of early modern Naples? These questions will be explored through papers from emerging scholars from several different disciplines.


Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), the Trevelyan Fund (History Faculty), both at the University of Cambridge; CIRN and the Neapolitan Network and the Department of History of Art, both at the University of York.

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Location : SG1 & SG2

Date : Friday 13 September 2013

13 September


11.30 - 12.00


12.00 - 12.30


12.30 - 13.45

Session 1 - Chair: Miri Rubin (Queen Mary London)

  • Edward Payne (The Morgan Library & Museum, New York): Ribera and the Art of Violence
  • Bogdan Cornea (York): Violence and Materiality in Jusepe de Ribera's 'Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew'

13.45 - 14.00 

Tea and coffee

14.00 - 15.15

Session 2 - Chair: Helen Hills (York)

  • Joana Fraga (Barcelona): The Rebel and the Saint: Representations of Masaniello during the Revolt of 1647-1648
  • Tom Denman (Reading): Caravaggio’s Flagellation: Violence and Devotional Practice

15.15 - 16.30

Session 3 - Chair: Melissa Calaresu (Cambridge)

  • Domenico Cecere (University of Naples 'Frederico II'): Catastrophe, Restoration, and Conflict: The Reorganisation of Religious Life and Social Unrest after the Calabiran Earthquakes of 1783
  • Stephen Cummins (Cambridge): The Uses of Banditry: Organised Violence and the Government of Naples

16.30 - 17.00

Tea and coffee

17.00 - 18.00

Round table discussion - Chair: Melissa Calaresu (Cambridge)

  • with Helen Hills (York) and Penny Roberts (Warwick)

18.00 - 19.30

Drinks Reception at CRASSH