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Clothing and the culture of appearances in early y Modern Europe: Research perspectives

2-4 de febrero de 2012

  • 1. Contenido del Seminario.

Due the importance that material culture studies have recently acquired in the study of pasts both near and remote, the International Seminar «Clothing and the Culture of Appearances: Research Perspectives» will provide a forum in which leading European experts, above all from Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom, will present their innovative research projects and exhibitions. By commenting on their own research and presentations, the speakers will explore recent developments in the study of the material culture of the 16th-18th centuries, broadly understood, ranging from the analysis of clothing and luxury goods to daily-life habits and patterns of consumption.

In addition, Spanish experts will be invited to participate in this forum for exchange and discussion. This meeting of both national and foreign specialists is expected to contribute to exploring and developing possibilities for research projects regarding the cultural history of dress and appearance.


1. Appearances and the Culture of Health

This session will explore recent methodological advances in understanding the importance of appearance from the perspective of a history of the body and its material dimensions. Particular emphasis will be placed on analysing changes in the relationship between the body and the surrounding material context. Factors affecting appearance in this sense include those closely related to hygiene, health and nutrition, as well as those involving dress, privacy, identity (including its political dimensions), consumption, and material and visual culture. Typical topics include the study of the body's relationship to the physical environment and disease, lifestyle practices and healthy homes, royal and aristocratic bodies, and the cultural transmission of values and beliefs.

2. Clothing and Household Uses

Individual and collective identities are reflected and shaped by clothing and other objects (exotic or familiar) in changing ways, and affected by variables such as social class and status, gender, religion, etc. This session inquires into the information objects provide about their owners, especially but not limited to economic and symbolic value. Typical environments subject to such analysis have been the domestic sphere, religious institutions, and political spaces, especially the court. Attention will be paid not only to the similarities and differences between institutional and domestic environments, but also to how their uses and purposes are modified by space and time.

3. Consumption and Status in Urban Spaces

Analysing spatial and temporal variables is essential to understanding the relationship between power, resources, and consumption. Urban space in the early modern period constitutes an ideal setting within which to study the links between consumption and the social status of sellers and buyers. It also provides a framework for exploring other issues, such as the spatial location of luxury exchange and commerce, and the emerging activity of "shopping". Other possibilities include a comparative analysis of early consumer modes and behavior in the larger cities of Renaissance Italy.

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  • 2. Información práctica:

Fundación Carlos de Amberes
Claudio Coello 99 – 28006, Madrid. Tel: 914352201

Museo del traje
Avda. de Juan de Herrera, 2. 28040 Madrid. 915504700


2-4 de Febrero de 2012

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Proyecto coordinado UCM-UAH-FCA: «Gestión del poder, patronazgo cortesano y capital financiero en la Monarquía Hispánica (1580-1715)» (HAR2009-12963-C03)


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Acciones Complementarias. Ref. HAR2011-14951-E (Subprograma HIST)
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Coordinación científica: Bernardo J. García García
James S. Amelang
Elvira González Asenjo
Vanessa de Cruz Medina
Información, inscripciones y certificados:

Fundación Carlos de Amberes
Telf. 91 435 22 01 – Fax 91 578 10 92

La asistencia a sesiones sueltas es libre. Para obtener un certificado de asistencia será necesario inscribirse. La matrícula es gratuita, pero los interesados deberán enviar a la Fundación sus datos (nombre, dirección, formación, titulación y forma de contacto) antes del día 31 de enero o inscribirse el mismo día de entrega de la documentación (3 de febrero) en la recepción de la Fundación. Se entregará un certificado acreditativo de 15 horas lectivas a quienes lo soliciten por anticipado y firmen las hojas de control de asistencia de cada sesión.

Idiomas: Todas las conferencias se realizarán en inglés o en italiano sin traducción simultánea, excepto la conferencia inaugural que impartirá Evelyn Welch en el Museo del Traje el 2 de febrero


  • 3. Programa:

Thursday, February 2
Auditorio del Museo del Traje (Avda. de Juan de Herrera, 2; Madrid 28006)

19.00 - 20.30

Chair: HELENA LÓPEZ DEL HIERRO (Museo del Traje. CIPE)

Clothing as Culture – Fashion as Innovation
EVELYN WELCH (Queen Mary University of London)



Friday, February 3
Auditorio de la Fundación Carlos de Amberes (c/ Claudio Coello, 99; Madrid, 28006)



10.00 – 13.30

Chair: BERNARDO J. GARCÍA GARCÍA (Universidad Complutense de Madrid y Fundación Carlos de Amberes)


From Perfumes to Clothing: Health and Household Objects in Late Renaissance Italy
SANDRA CAVALLO (Royal Holloway University of London)

Dressed to impress: clothing, jewels and weapons in court rituals in Portugal (1450-1650)
ISABEL DOS GUIMARAES (Universidade do Minho)

Being Naked and Being Clothed: The Physicality of Female Piety in the Diaries of Sister Margaret of the Mother of God (1635-1637)
CORDULA VAN WYHE (University of York)

Dressing like a Lord? Artists and Men of Letters in 17th century Rome
RENATA AGO (Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza")


16.30 – 18.30

Chair: SOFÍA RODRÍGUEZ BERNÍS (Museo de Artes Decorativas, Madrid)


Domestic devotion, objects, and the senses
SILVIA EVANGELISTI (University of East Anglia)

Clothing around the Mediterranean in early modern times
RAFFAELLA SARTI (Università degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo”)

Matter in the Material Renaissance
ULINKA RUBLACK (Cambridge University)


Saturday, February 4
Auditorio de la Fundación Carlos de Amberes (c/ Claudio Coello, 99; Madrid, 28006)

10.00 – 12.00

Chair: JAMES S. AMELANG (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)


Apparenza, lusso e abito nella Milano tra fine Cinque e inizio Seicento. Lo specchio mantovano
PAOLA VENTURELLI (Università dell’Insubria)

The Great Guardainfante Debate: The Politics of Women’s Dress in Baroque Madrid
AMANDA WUNDER (City University of New York)

Eating Ice Cream on the Streets of Eighteenth-Century Naples
MELISSA CALARESU (Cambridge University)


12.30 – 14.00

Chair: BERNARDO J. GARCÍA GARCÍA (Universidad Complutense de Madrid y Fundación Carlos de Amberes)

Round table

Research and cultural transfer: development of exhibition and object-based projects regarding the cultural history of dress and appearance in Early Modern Europe

MARTA AJMAR (Victoria and Albert Museum)
FRIEDA SORBER (MOMU, Mode Museum Provincie Antwerpen)


Final Remarks