Virtual Book Launch for Chriscinda Henry's Playful Pictures: Art, Leisure, and Entertainment in the Venetian Renaissance Home

Thursday, April 14, 2022 16:00to17:30
Event Poster for Prof. Henry's book launch on April 14 at 4-5:30 pm
Book cover of Chriscinda Henry’s "Playful Pictures: Art, Leisure and Entertainment in the Venetian Renaissance Home"

Join us for a virtual book launch for Chriscinda Henry’s Playful Pictures: Art, Leisure, and Entertainment in the Venetian Renaissance Home. The launch will open with a brief introduction by Chriscinda, a discussion with art historian Tracy Cooper, and conclude with an open Q&A period. The event will take place on Zoom.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/315401904587

“In Playful Pictures, Chriscinda Henry explores the rise of private art col­lection in Renaissance Venice as a diporto, or pastime, practiced within a kaleidoscopic matrix of domestic leisure that encompassed the recitation of poetry and tales, games, music making, amateur theatrical activity, and the conversational arts.” – Penn State University Press

Learn more about Playful Pictures at the Penn State University Press website. Use code NR22 to save 30%.

Chriscinda Henry’s research focuses on the multisensory relationship between art, music, recreation, and festivity in the Renaissance. Her book Playful Pictures: Painting, Leisure, and Entertainment in the Venetian Renaissance Home (Penn State University Press, 2022), explores the origins of private art collecting in Venice through the intersections between visual art, literature, music, and theater in different key spaces of the domestic sphere. Together with musicologist Tim Shephard, Henry also recently completed editing the interdisciplinary volume Music and Visual Culture in Renaissance Italy, forthcoming from Routledge in 2022.

Tracy E. Cooper specializes in Venetian and early modern cultural history and theory, with particular interests in architecture and urbanism, space and circulation, and patronage and collecting studies. As a member of the board of directors for Save Venice, Inc. she is actively involved in conservation efforts and director of the research track for a new program, Women Artists of Venice. She is best known for her award-winning book, Palladio’s Venice: Architecture and Society in a Renaissance Republic [Yale University Press], which has had major interdisciplinary impact and been widely reviewed since publishing.

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