Renzo Baldasso, Assistant Professor in Arizona State University’s School of Art, is one of Rauner Special Collections Library’s New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. This Tuesday, October 17th, from 12:15-1:15 pm, Baldasso will give a brief lecture, “The Coming of the Book: Graphic Notes from Rauner,”which will explore the graphic dimension of early printed books, from the Gutenberg Bible through the early 1480s, using the incunabula holdings in Rauner. His talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period and an open exploration of the primary sources he is examining while at Dartmouth. The session will be held in the Bryant Room at Rauner Library in Webster Hall.
Trained in Art History and History of Science, Renzo Baldasso is a historian of Renaissance and Baroque art. He studied mathematics and physics for his bachelor, and history of science and history of art in graduate school. He received his PhD from Columbia University, and his research has been funded by fellowships, including at the Folger Institute, the Huntington Library, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Newberry Library, and the Smithsonian Institution. His research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary, including art theory, naturalism, early prints and printing, and the relationship between art and science. Currently he is working on a monograph on the emergence of the visuality of the printed page during the incunabular period. He has published several articles in edited collections and journals, including The Art Bulletin, Arte Lombarda, La Bibliofilia, Centaurus, and the Gutenberg Jahrbuch.
For the past several years Baldasso has been researching the efforts of early printers to become masters of the page and to develop an independent print aesthetics. His resulting monograph will offer a detailed analysis of the design choices made by influential early printers — from Gutenberg to circa 1485 — whose books shaped the rise of the visuality of the printed page and set the basis for the graphic grammar of print culture. At Rauner, Baldasso is exploring two of our incunables (books printed in Europe before 1501): the only surviving copy of Ovid’s De Arte Amandi, known today as the Ars Amatoria or Art of Love, printed circa 1472; and Johannes Balbus’s Catholicon, printed sometime in the early 1470s.
Please join us next Tuesday at 12:15 pm in Rauner Library for an engaging discussion and exploration of both Baldasso’s work and Rauner’s materials. Please contact Morgan Swan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.