Summer Seminar 2014 - Space in Renaissance Italy

We are pleased to announce the participants in the 2014 Summer Seminar (see below for a description of the event)

Please click on the name for short biographies in English and Chinese



Chao, Koching    Taipei

National Taiwan Normal University,

Department of Fine Arts


Chow, Sze Ting    Beijing


Renmin University of China,

School of History


 Fan, Baiding    Hangzhou

China Academy of Art,

School of Art and Humanities,

Department of Art History


Gao, Xin


Nanjing University,

School of Liberal Arts


Huang, Bing

   Cambridge, MA


Harvard University,

Department of History of Art and Architecture


 Ku, Su-Hun    Taipei National Taiwan Normal University, Department of Fine Arts


 Liu, Haiping     Shandong

Shandong University of Arts,

School of Fine Arts,

Art History Department


 Liu, Guan    Beijing

Peking University,

Center for Visual Studies /

Beijing Forest University,

College of Art and Design

Sun, Jing    Beijing Peking University, School of Arts


Gao, Yuan    Beijing

Central Academy of Fine Arts,

Department of Art History


Xiao, Jing    Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong,

Division of Building Science and Technology


Zhang, Yan-Jie   Beijing 

Beijing Dance Academy,

Department of General Education 


Zheng, Yikan    Beijing China Central Academy of Fine Art, Department of Art History


 Seminar  Staff   


Nelson, Jonathan     Seminar Co-Director 


Nevola, Fabrizio     Seminar Co-Director 



Johnson, Lauren



Seminar Assistant 


Strachan, Juliet     Administrative Assistant 


Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies welcomes participants in our Summer Seminar in Florence (28 June to 19 July 2014) on “Understanding Space in Renaissance Italy.”  The seminar focuses on the meaning and function of space in art, architecture, and urban infrastructures in Renaissance Italy, and especially in Florence (c. 1300-1600). Space has emerged in recent scholarship on the arts in the Early Modern period as crucial for understanding the relationship between objects and their contemporary viewers. Florence is ideal for such a seminar, for both its remarkable surviving fabric and the rich body of related scholarship. Site visits are selected and arranged as “walks” so as to allow themes to emerge from the experience of moving from one place to another. The format also provides opportunities for detailed examination of a small number of specific architectural monuments, as well as the works of art within each monument.

Each week, the participants will meet in Florence for three days to study in museums, churches, piazzas, and monuments, and at I Tatti for two days to attend lectures, participate in discussions, and carry out individual research in the Berenson Library. On 15 October 2014, scholars will meet at the Harvard Center Shanghai to give presentations related to their work and experience in Florence. They will also have the opportunity to attend a conference, to be held at the Harvard Center Shanghai on 16-17 October, dedicated to "Space in Renaissance Italy;" this is organized by I Tatti and sponsored by the Harvard University China Fund.  The seminar aims to facilitate dialogue between participants, lecturers, and I Tatti appointees, and to enrich and strengthen the study of the Italian Renaissance in China.


Getty logoSupport for the seminar is provided through a grant from the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative. (For an article about the 2013 seminar, in the Getty's online journal, click here.)