november, 2019

15nov - 16nov 153:30 pmnov 16Competing Truths: Art and the Objects of History after the Council of Trent

Event Details

Competing Truths: Art and the Objects of History after the Council of Trent

Co-organized by Alessandra Di Croce, Hannah Friedman, and Grace Harpster

November 15th & 16th, 2019

Competing Truths: Art and the Objects of History After the Council of Trent is a two-day symposium to be jointly held at the Italian Academy and the Frick Collection on November 15th & 16th, 2019. The event will bring together scholars and museum professionals in order to investigate how Italian art helped to formulate competing truths in the long aftermath of the Council of Trent, and how the strategies of that era continue to affect our understanding of historical truth today. Italian art of this period is often dismissed as propagandistic and derivative. This symposium instead fosters recent scholarship that shows the potency of art in shaping people’s beliefs during a time of deep political and spiritual divisions. Understanding how images and objects give shape to history and knowledge has never been more urgent. Thus, the aim of the symposium is not merely to advance scholarship, but to meet an acute contemporary need for perspective on how to navigate an era of competing truths.

For additional details and to register, visit this website:

If there are questions, please contact Alessandra Di Croce (, Hannah Friedman ( or Grace Harpster ( 



15 (Friday) 3:30 pm - 16 (Saturday) 5:00 pm


Italian Academy at Columbia University

1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027