Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The European Studies Group will host an upcoming talk and discussion on the work of cultural historian Melissa N. Moreton, entitled “New Research on the Nun-scribes of Renaissance Italy.” This event is free and open to the public, and will take place from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016, in 315 Phillips Hall.

The nuns of Renaissance Italy worked as scribes and decorators, producing a large number and wide variety of manuscript books within their convents in the 15th and 16th centuries. Moreton's talk focuses on recent evidence from Florence that brings to light new interpretations of the production techniques and goals of these religious book-makers. 

As a cultural historian, Melissa Moreton’s work examines the material culture of late medieval, Renaissance and early modern Italy (1300-1650) and combines methodologies from history, material book studies, art history and the quantitative sciences. This interdisciplinary approach is drawn from her studies in history (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2013), book studies (Certificate, UI Center for the Book, 2009) and art history (M.A., Italian Renaissance Art History, Syracuse University Florence, 2004).

Learn more about Melissa Moreton and the European Studies Group.

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