Book Launch: Sense and the Senses in Early Modern Art and Cultural Practice

Wednesday 14 November 2012 18.00-19.30

Book Launch: Sense and the Senses in Early Modern Art and Cultural Practice edited by Alice E Sanger and Siv Tove Kulbrandstad Walker (Ashgate, 2012).

In eleven ground-breaking essays ‘Sense and the Senses’, published by Ashgate in June 2012, investigates the ways in which sight performed collaboratively with the senses of taste, touch, hearing and smell in early modern cultural practice.  Contending that the senses acted as agents of indulgence and pleasure, as bearers of information on material reality, as mediators between the mind and the outer world, and even as intercessors between humans and the divine, the volume encompasses aspects of the arts of painting and sculpture but also extends into other spheres: philosophy, music and poetry, gardens, food, relics and rituals.

This presentation comprises a lecture by the editors to introduce the book’s main findings, followed by a discussion between a panel of experts to explore the key debates and practices attached to the theme of the senses in Renaissance and Baroque art.