Ingenium and Imagination in the Renaissance: Diseases, Demons and Dreams

18 May 2016, 13:45 - 17:30

Room S119, Alison Richard Building

A workshop from the Genius before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science research project.

Convenors: Alexander Marr, Raphaële Garrod, José Ramón Marcaida, Richard Oosterhoff, Richard Serjeantson

Speakers: Fabrizio Bigotti (University of Exeter), Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute), Angus Gowland (UCL), Koen Vermeir (CNRS)

Programme booklet available here



Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge. Funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC grant agreement no 617391.



Welcome:  Alex Marr, Cambridge

14.00 - 15.30

Session 1: Diseases (Chair: Richard Oosterhoff, Cambridge)

14.00-14.30    Melancholic ingenium and spiritual disease in Renaissance medicine and philosophy Angus Gowland (University College London)

14.30-15.00    Diseased imaginations: mind and cognitive disturbances in early modern medicine Fabrizzio Bigotti (University of Exeter)

15.00-15.30    Discussion


Coffee break


Session 2: Demons and Dreams (Chair: José Ramòn Marcaida, Cambridge)

16.00-16.30    Dream, imagination and poetic inspiration in Jacopo Mazzoni’s Defence of Dante’s Comedy (1587, 1688) Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute, London)

16.30-17.00   The Demonic imagination Koen Vermeir (CNRS, Paris)

17.00-17.30   Discussion