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Rome and the World from Renaissance to Grand Tour

The project will highlight a variety of intellectual orientations and a multiplicity of paths and modalities for the diffusion of knowledge in the period between the Renaissance and the Eighteenth Century.

The specific focus of the project is to trace the movement of people, ideas, books, artefacts and other objects within Europe and beyond, and to assess the role that Rome and Italy played in this exchange. The broader challenge is to explore the development of disciplinary change and exchange during this period and the way that modernity was forged in this exchange.

The project will reconsider Italy’s cultural relations with the Northern renaissance, Eastern Europe, the Muslim East and the Mediterranean, moving well beyond the traditional exclusive focus on textual knowledge circulating within the established networks of Church, State and University. This will lead to a keener appreciation of the myriad ways in which Europeans and non-Europeans produced and practiced knowledge in the early modern period.

The project joins together a number of initiatives within the BSR, for example, a major international conference Torino Britannica, and a new archival research project Exporting objects and developing style: demand for and supply of Italian art and design after Unification.