Pascal Dubourg Glatigny

Pascal Dubourg Glatigny, a former researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, is currently a tenured researcher at the CNRS (French National Center for Research) working for the Centre Alexandre Koyré (Paris, EHESS).

He obtained a doctoral degree in 1999 at the Université Paris X Nanterre with a dissertation about the mathematical practices in the figurative arts of the Renaissance and habilitated in 2014 at the Université Paris-Est after a book on a controversy raised in Rome in the 1740's about the stability of Saint-Peter's dome.

As an historian of art and architecture, he has been investigating the disciplinary and spatial shifts in a range of different cultural contexts either European or colonial.

Research project: Hospitality cities in the Renaissance: an investigation in their visual values.

In the Late Renaissance, a series of new founded cities in Europe were aimed to attract and accommodate newcomers from abroad. These can be found in different countries and enjoyed a specific status in the kingdoms where they were raised: Livorno (now Italy), Charleville (now France) or the different german Exulantenstädte. Every each of them had a peculiar shape and appearance that contrasted with the local usage due to the political project that generated them. These places, which used to be salient in the Renaissance but lost their fame with the passage of time, disappeared from our geography of art.

My starting point in this reflection is the city of Zamość, in South East Poland, today not far from the border with Ukraine and Slovakia. When it was created in 1580 by the chancellor and hetman of the Polish-Lituanian commonwealth Jan Zamoyski, the new city was on the way to the East and the Turkish Empire, an important landmark for the importation of eastern agricultural products and manufactured goods. Because of the Italian origin of the general architect of the city Bernardo Morando, the city has been often regarded as the transposition of an Italian ideal city on the polish ground. However, many architectural features do not coincide. There is something different in Zamość, due to the large diversity of backgrounds of the people who erected it.  Furthermore, the city was intended to become a new type of intellectual center, including an Academy that contrasted with existing universities, in particular the one of Krakow. All these efforts tended to provide a new economic impulse which engendered a unique art and architectural realization.

This project is aimed to a new analysis of the relationship between visual arts and politics in the Renaissance, based on a cross-disciplinary approach of the arts and architecture bringing together aesthetics, social, material and intellectual aspects of the production.

Dates of stay: 01 October 2017 - 31 July 2018