Early Modern Visual Wit

27 June 2018 - 28 June 2018

WYNG Gardens, Trinity Hall

This is a closed event for invited guests only.

This event is from 9:30 to 17:00 on Wednesday the 27th June 2018, and from 9:00 to 14:00 on Thursday the 28th June. 

This workshop will investigate the nature of “visual wit”—how it may be defined, studied, and mapped—in relation to the early modern culture of ingenuity.  We are interested in the specifically visual ways in which ingenuity was manifested and functioned.  These may include (but are not limited to), notions of swiftness, irony, cunning, and cleverness.  They might involve particular subject matter or genres, mediums and materials, or compositions.  We will be concerned also with the ways in which audiences received or participated in “visual wit”, and how the visual aspects of ingenuity connected to other domains (such as literature and philosophy).

This event is part of the ERC-funded project Genius before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science. For information about the event, please contact the Research Project Administrator, Rachael Taylor, here.

Funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC grant agreement no 617391.