MIT Architecture: Conference: Purity and Contamination in Renaissance Art and Architecture


Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9:00am


Bartos Theater, E15 (bottom floor), 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

Felipe Pereda and many others

Purity and contamination have long figured in the accounts of the European Renaissance. Scholars, in the last few decades alone, have mapped the role these ideas have played in debates about godliness and sin, cleanliness, gender, and ethnicity, among other domains. Less thoroughly studied, though, is how these two intertwined categories informed European approaches to art and the built environment, both as it was created and experienced. It is precisely this lacuna that our conference aims to address.