‘At the biennial conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies (SRS), which took place 18-20 July at the University of Glasgow, the BSR put on a series of sessions on the theme of ‘Word and Image in the European Renaissance’. Organised by Piers Baker-Bates (Rome Scholar 2002-3) and Oren Margolis (Rome Award 2012-13), these sessions showed off a range of work being done by scholars of Rome, Italy and beyond: papers covered Siena, Venice, the Aegean and Spain, as well as Rome; big themes such as humanism, religious reform, and artistic patronage; and were broadly interdisciplinary, exploring in a variety of media – from easel and wall paintings, to books, to sculpture, to tapestry – the relationship of words to images, but also words in images and even words as images.
As always, it was a sociable conference, especially for the BSR contingent, which sought out some of Glasgow’s finest culinary offerings. An excursion to Stirling Castle gave us a chance to explore one of the country’s most unique Renaissance monuments and discuss the identities of the historical and mythological personages depicted in the carved oak roundels!
The British School at Rome continues to build on its relationship with the SRS. The BSR’s support for scholars ensures the continued place for Italian (and European) Renaissance studies in Britain, while its encouragement for multidisciplinary research and transnational perspectives will be of increasing importance to the field in years to come.’
Oren Margolis (Somerville College, Oxford; BSR Rome Award 2012-13)