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« Promoting, Patronising and Practising the Arts in Roman Aristocratic Families (1644-1740). The Contribution of Roman Family Archives to the History of Performing Arts »

Description :

Rome, centre of the Catholic Church and capital of the Papal States, strewn with churches and religious institutions, was also, in the 17th and 18th centuries, the scene of intense conflicts and rivalries between some twenty leading aristocratic families, highly adept at organising musical, theatrical and choreographic performances to display their political sympathies.

The artistic life that animated the palaces and country villas of this elite has been far less studied than that of the papal court, the grand theatres or the principal churches of Rome. The PERFORMART project aims to enrich our understanding of the history of performing arts among the Roman nobility between 1644 and 1740 by exploiting the abundant documentation contained in the archives of eleven leading aristocratic families. The present proposal arises from the previous research of the principal investigator in the Orsini-Lante Archives. For the first time, PERFORMART will bring together specialized archivists and historians, all experts in different aspects of this micro-society, in a systematic collaboration between the history of the performing arts, choreographic studies, and art, music, social, and economic history. Via a relational database, this collaboration will bring to light original sources able to elucidate the social and artistic practices of Roman families, the motivations and conditions of patronage, the material framework of artistic productions, the status of the artist and his degree of dependence on his protectors, and, finally, the political, local and international impact of the involvement of these noble families on the artistic life of Rome.

Laboratoire :

UMR7323 Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR)

Responsable scientifique du CNRS : Anne-Madeleine Goulet

Durée :

60 mois

Programme :

HORIZON 2020 – ERC consolidator grant

Budget global / Subvention de la Commission Européenne  & cofinancement national :

1 999 183 €

Lien pour plus d’informations :

- Lien vers la vidéo de la présentation du projet PERFORMART par Anne-Madeleine Goulet lors des 10 ans de la Cellule Europe Recherche : cliquez ici.