31 May 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm Leslie Stephen Room, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ


Please email the Project Administrator, Anna Seecharan, to register your interest for this workshop, at ats52@cam.ac.uk. The event will be free to attend. 



Alexander Marr (University of Cambridge)



This workshop will investigate how the pictorial genre of caricature may be understood in relation to the early modern notion of ingenuity. It is part of the five-year ERC-funded project Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science, based at CRASSH.


Friday 31 May
9:30 - 10:00

Arrival Coffee & Pastries

10:00 - 10:30

Alexander Marr: Opening Remarks

10:30 - 11:00

Diane Bodart

Artist: Aurelio Luini

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:00

Sandra Cheng

Artist: Baccio del Bianco

12:00 - 12:30

Marta Cacho Casal

Artist: Giuseppe Maria Mitelli

12:30 - 1:30


1:30 - 2:00

Lisa Jordan

Artist: Guercino

2:00 - 2:30

Alexander Marr 

Artist: Pierfrancesco Mola

2:30 - 3:00

Xavier Vert

Artist: Gianlorenzo Bernini

3:00 - 3:30

Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:00

Tim Chesters 

Artist: anonymous

4:00 - 4:30

Andres Velez Posada

Artist: Jean Gourmont

4:30 - 5:00

Thomas Colville

Artist: Francis Barlow

5:00 - 5:30

Concluding Remarks


Dr Diane Bodart is David Rosand Associate Professor of Italian Renaissance Art History at Columbia University. She was educated in Art History at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome and at the “École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales” in Paris. Her research focuses on early modern art in Italy and in the Spanish Hapsburg Empire, with special attention to the relation between art and politics and between image theory and practice. She is the author of Tiziano e Federico II Gonzaga (Rome, Bulzoni, 1998); Pouvoirs du portrait sous les Habsbourg d’Espagne (Paris, INHA, 2011; English edition, Brepols, forthcoming); and she has recently co-edited with Francesca Alberti the volume Rire en images à la Renaissance (Turnhout, Brepols, 2018). She is currently revising her new book manuscript, La peinture au miroir de l’armure.


Dr Sandra Cheng is an associate professor of art history at New York City College of Technology, City University of New York. She has been the recipient of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship and the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon Fellowship from the Library of Congress. Recent publications include, “Ridiculous Portraits: Comic Ugliness and Early Modern Caricature” in Rire en images à la Renaissance, eds. Francesca Alberti and Diane Bodart (Brepols, 2018) and “The Monstrous Portrait: Caricature, Physiognomy, and Monsters in Early Modern Italy,” Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural (2012). She is currently preparing a book-length study on early modern caricature. Her research interests include seventeenth-century art and theory, scientific practice, and automata in early modern Europe, and ephemeral art.


Ms Lisa Jordan studied art history, classical archeology and ancient history at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Università degli Studi Roma Tre. She finished her Magister degree in Berlin in 2011 with a final thesis that discusses a hand drawing by Guercino entitled: Dai dai al mat.’ Guercinos Zeichnung eines Verrückten in der Pierpont Morgan Library in New York (supervised by Prof. Werner Busch). After working at the Boros collection (Bunker) of contemporary art and the Schering Stiftung in Berlin she began her Phd studies on the topic of independent drawings by Guercino (supervisor Prof. Wolf Dietrich Löhr). From 2015 to 2016 she worked as a graduate assistant in the department of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf, director of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, where since 2017 she is based as a doctoral fellow.


Dr Xavier Vert is associate researcher at CETHA/EHESS (Paris) and lecturer at École Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Nantes Métropole. His work focuses on the Italian Renaissance and modern period. He is the author of an essay on “Pier Paolo Pasolini, La ricotta” (Lyon, Aléas Editions, 2011) and has ultimately published “L’adresse du portrait: Bernini et la caricature” (Éditions Ars 1:1, Paris, 2014). He also organized with Giovanni Careri the exhibition “Louis Marin, Le pouvoir dans ses représentations” (Galerie Colbert/ INHA, 26 May – 26 July 2008) and coordinates the edition of Louis Marin: Événements de contemporanéité et autres écrits sur l'art au XXe siècle, to be published soon. Visiting scholar at Stockholm University for two years, he is currently completing an essay on Michelangelo's Moses and the tomb of Julius II in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome. 


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