Renaissance Principles and Their Early Modern Receptions

Renaissance Principles and Their Early Modern Receptions:
European Currents and Local Appropriations

A Workshop organized by the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IAH CAS, Prague), within the program Strategie AV 21 of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and CEFRES (Prague) with the support of the École pratique des hautes études  (EPHE – PSL, Paris), Julius-Maximilians-Universität (Würzburg), Bayrisch-Tschechische Hochschulagentur (Regensburg), Politecnico di Torino, Universidad de Jaén, Charles University (Prague), National Gallery Prague.

Date: June 11-12, 2024
Locations: CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, June 11, 2024, Institute of Art History, Husova 4, June 12, 2024, National Gallery, Prague, Waldstein Riding School; Prague Castle
: English


Tuesday, June 11 (at CEFRES)

9.30 – 9.45 – Introduction

  • Claire Madl (CEFRES Prague)
  • Sabine Frommel (EPHE – PSL, Paris)
  • Eckhard Leuschner (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)
  • Taťána Petrasová (IAH CAS, Prague)

9.45 – 11.45 – 1st panel

  • Chair: Sabine Frommel (EPHE – PSL, Paris)
  • Miguel Ángel Carrasco Sánchez (University of Jaén), The Benavides Family as Promoters of Renaissance Architectural Language in the Old Kingdom of Jaén
  • Gabriel Pereira (University of Coimbra), The Different Stages of Renaissance Architecture: João de Castilho’s Work in Tomar
  • Jakub Kříž (Masaryk University, Brno), The Renaissance Portal of the Olomouc Town Hall and the Problem of the Antique Mode in Moravia in the 1530s
  • Pablo Ferri (EPHE – PSL, Paris), Medicean Villas in the Annunciation During the Italian Renaissance

11.45 – 12.00 – Coffee break

12.00 – 13.30 – 2rd panel

  • Chair: Valentina Burgassi
  • Felix Schmieder (PALAMUSTO, University of Warsaw), Living Between Cultures: Renaissance Residences of Catherine Jagiellon in Poland and Sweden
  • Lucía Pérez (EPHE – PSL, Paris), Diego Siloé and His Contemporaries: Some Thoughts on Funeral Chapels
  • Mariia Ovsianikova (EPHE – PSL, Paris), The Imaginary Temple: Constructing the Identity of the Christian Temple in Italian Painting of the 15th–16th centuries

13.30 – 14.30 – Lunch break

14.30 – 16.00 – 3nd panel

  • Chair: Eckhard Leuschner (Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg)
  • Clara Léoni (EPHE – PSL, Paris), The Hanged Man: A Visual and Discourse Exploration of Capital Punishment
  • Christina Hablik (Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg), Transfer and Transformation of Pictorial Ideas: the Likeness of Julius II as a Means of Propaganda in the Conflict Between the Papacy and France (1510–1513)
  • Annemarie Graf (Julius-Maxmilians-Universität, Würzburg), The Prints of Previous Centuries: Collecting Renaissance Prints in the Second Half of the 17th Century

16.00 – 16.15 – Coffee break

16:15 – 18.15 – 4th panel

  • Chair: Taťána Petrasová (IAH CAS, Prague)
  • Corinna Gannon (Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), Material Hybridity of Rudolfine Kunstkammer Objects and the Notion of Universality
  • Tadeáš Kadlec (Charles University – IAH CAS, Prague), Count Michna’s Palace in Prague: Its Origins and Meanings
  • Robert Seegert (Julius-Maxmilians-Universität, Würzburg), Renaissance Paintings Collected by High-Ranking Clerics in Southern Germany during the 18th Century: The Example of the Würzburg Prince-Bishops
  • Adéla Bricínová (Charles University, Prague and EPHE – PSL, Paris). Projects for the Reconstruction of the Castle Bečov nad Teplou: Castles in the sky of Duke Alfred Beaufort-Spontin

18.15 – 18.30 – Closing remarks


Wednesday, June 12

9.30 – 10.15 Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, collection of historical photography of Renaissance architecture, with its curator Petra Trnková, IAH CAS

10.30 – 12:00 At CEFRES, 5th panel

  • Chair: Pedro Antonio Galera Andreu
  • Tomáš Murár (IAH CAS, Prague), Weltgeist or Weltanschauung? Search for the Meaning of Italian Renaissance in the Late 19th Century Art History
  • Lorenzo Fecchio (Politecnico di Torino), The Anglo-American Rediscovery of Italian Renaissance Gardens
  • Valeria Sedlerjonok (The Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice), The Art of Reception: Venetian Renaissance Painting as Seen in Early 19th Century Venice

12:00 – 13:30 – Lunch break

13:45 – 15:00 Exhibition From Michelangelo to Callot. The Art of Mannerist Printmaking, Waldstein Riding School, Malá Strana, metro Malostranská stop; guided tour with the main curator Alena Volrábová, National Gallery Prague and co-author Sylva Dobalová (IAH CAS).

15:30 – 18:00 Prague Castle, Summer House Belvedere, Ballroom and the context of Emperor’s gardens, with Richard Biegel (Charles University, Prague), Sylva Dobalová (IAH CAS).

18:00 – 18:15 – Closing remarks


You can download the program here.

Working with Wartime Testimonies

Working with Wartime Testimonies: Practical Workshop in Digital Humanities

A workshop jointly organized by the War and Society” research alliance, the “Ukraine in a changing Europe” center of the IMS (Institut mezinárodních studií) at FSV UK, CEFRES and supported by 4EU University Alliance. 

Location: CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague (Friday 24) and FSV UK, U Kříže 8, Praha 5 Jinonice, Room C322 (Saturday 25)
Date: 24.–25. May
Language: English
Organizing committee:

Friday May 24th: CEFRES

17.00 – 17.20 Meet-up and registration

17.20 – 17.30 Welcome from the organizers

17.30 – 18.30 Opening Keynote

  • Natalia Otrishchenko, Lviv Center for Urban History
    “From Euromaidan to Full-Scale Russian Invasion: Archiving Ukrainian Society’s Experiences” (will be live-streamed)

18.30 – 19.45 Panel Discussion: “Europe after the Russian full-scale invasion”

  • Panel: Valeria Korablyova, Charles University, Vladimír Handl, Charles University, Jakub Eberle, Institute of International Relations Prague
  • Chair: Martin Laryš, Charles University

19.45 – 21.00 Reception at CEFRES

Saturday May 25th: Faculty of Social Studies, Charles University, U Kříže 8, 158 00 Praha 5 Jinonice, Room C322

08.45 Meet-up in front of the library at Campus Jinonice

09.00 – 10.00

  • Jiří Kocián PhD, FSV, Charles University
    “Digital Collections of Historical Sources: Users’ and Producers’ Perspectives”

10.15 – 11.15

  • Cecile Boëx, EHEES, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
    “Collecting and Analyzing Wartime Video-Testimonies in Syria. What Can Images Do?”

11.30 – 13.00 Student Presentations (more detailed program for panels will come)

  • Chair: Astrid Greve Kristensen, Sorbonne University

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Practical Workshop and coding in Taguette in the digital database “Voices of Resistance and Hope” with Natalia Otrishchenko, Lviv Centre for Urban History

15.45 – 17.00 Panel Discussion: “Trauma in War Testimony Research”

  • Panel: Natalia Otrishchenko, Lviv Center for Urban History, Cecile Boëx, EHESS, Marija Krgovič, University of Copenhagen
  • Chair: Kateřina Fuksová, Charles University


On February 24, 2022, the lives of the people of Ukraine changed. On that day, Russia started the “special military operation”, a full-scale war against the Ukrainian people. Europe, which mistakenly believed that people had learned the lessons of the horrors of the Second World War, was drawn overnight into the new reality of war. Thousands of refugees began to flow in, bringing with them stories of violence, suffering and loss of loved ones – war refugee testimonies, a genre that should rather not even exist.The workshop „Working with Wartime Testimonies: Practical Workshop in Digital Humanities” focuses on survivor testimonies not only from Ukraine, but from a diverse perspective both temporally and geographically and approaches them from the point of view of digital humanities. To this end, the workshop seeks to showcase the opportunities digital tools offer for preserving and analyzing wartime testimonies. Through practical exercises, keynote lectures, panel discussions, and student presentations, participants will gain insight into utilizing digital tools effectively, enabling them to engage with testimonies in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. During the workshop the participants will explore existing digital archives housing wartime testimonies, especially regarding the ongoing Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, but also the archives of Holocaust survivors’ testimonies as well as those who survived the civil war in Yugoslavia. Ethical considerations loom large in this discussion, with the project addressing the sensitive nature of working with wartime testimonies. Participants will explore issues of trauma, consent, and privacy and learn strategies for ethically collecting, preserving, and disseminating testimonies in a way that respects the dignity and agency of those involved while considering their own psychological well-being, too.