BSR Online Lecture | Roman relics and Renaissance collectors, 1350–1500

MONDAY 7 DECEMBER, 18.00-19.30 CET

Hester Schadee (BSR; Exeter)

This event will take place via Zoom and requires advance registration. Please click here to reserve your place.

In this lecture, we exploit the advantages of a hybrid format. A pre-recorded talk is available to watch until 7 December via YouTube. You are invited to submit questions or observations to during this period. At 6pm CET on Monday 7 December we will go live for a discussion of these pre-submitted comments; simultaneously, the live chat function will allow for follow-up questions – or fresh ones – as per usual. This discussion will run for c. 45 minutes.

At what point does Roman rubble become a collectible? This question – which may be read as proxy for the transition from ‘Middle Ages’ to ‘Renaissance’ – is at the heart of this lecture. It requires investigating the changing ‘idea of Rome’ in the fifteenth century – caput mundi, new Jerusalem, literary topos, archaeological site – alongside the lived experience of the City’s inhabitants. The return to Rome of the papacy as international job market and melting pot of ideas was indisputably a driving force, yet this did not detract from the value of ‘Roman-ness’, nor from the connections of curial employees to Rome’s municipal elites. A case study of the cultural and social networks of the apostolic secretary Cincius Romanus, who usually plays a silent part next to his friend Poggius Florentinus, will serve to demonstrate these points.