On Borderlands. Cross-cultural Encounters in the Alps Around 1500 and the Production of ‘Place’

Speaker: Stefano de Bosio - Lecturer in Art History, Freie Universität Berlin

This talk takes the castle of Issogne (Valle d’Aosta, Italy) and its distinctive mural decorations as the lens through which to look at the arts in the Western Alps around 1500. By focusing on the cultural hybridity of these painted cycles the aim is to explore alternative patterns for studying the local and the notion of ‘place’while reframing center-periphery narratives within the European context and their historiography. 

Stefano de Bosio is Lecturer in Art History at the Freie Universität BerlinFUBiS. His research aims to contribute to a renewed spatial history of the arts in early modern Europe, in its material, technicalsymbolic, as well as theoretical and methodological dimensions. In recent years, Stefano has been Research Fellow at the KunsthistorischesInstitut in Florence, Villa I Tatti The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and the IKKM – International Research Institute for Media Philosophy at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. His book Frontiere. Arte, luogo, identità ad Aosta e nelle Alpi Occidentali, was published this autumn by Officina Libraria.

Organised by Dr Scott Nethersole (The Courtauld) and Dr Guido Rebecchini (The Courtauld) 

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11 Nov 2021

Thursday 11th November, 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Free, booking essential

Lecture Theatre 2, Vernon Square and Online via Livestream

Please note this event will be live streamed to allow those outside London access to the event. All those who wish to access the event via this online method should book a ‘Livestream’ ticket rather than ‘Lecture Theatre’ ticket.  

Booking closes 30 minutes before the event start time. 


Painting depicting an opening in a building through which can be seen boats on a lake and three birds flying
Master of Wuillerine and Master of Georges de Challant, Painted loggia with landscapes (detail), 1502-1505, Issogne castle, Valle d’Aosta, Italy.