"THE BODY OF THE MERCHANT: ART AND EXPERIENCE IN THE COMMERCIAL REVOLUTION"
Ittai Weinryb, Bard Graduate Center
Part of the Silsila Fall 2021 series
From the early thirteenth century traders from Italian mercantile families started travelling eastward, to the European frontiers, to areas such as Crimea in the northern Black Sea region, where commercial outposts served as markets for trading goods with Eurasia and beyond. The lecture centers on the experience of those traders, focusing on metalwork and the way it shaped discourse regarding art, heritage, and the indigenous, both in the European frontiers and “back home” in Italy’s domestic spaces.
Ittai Weinryb is an Associate Professor at the Bard Graduate Center. He is the co-founder (together with Caroline Fowler and Princeton University Press) of the book series Art/Work which is set to narrate a new history of art founded in the study of objects, materials, and technology. He is currently writing a book on art and material culture in the Black Sea during the Middle Ages and another one on the sentiment of Hope as a category for artistic creativity. Amongst other publications, he is the author of The Bronze Object in the Middle Ages (2016) and curator of the exhibition Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place (2018).