CFP: What Goes Inside (Renaissance Society of America 2016 Meeting Session)

Deadline:  8 June 2015

Renaissance Society of America 2016 Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

31 March-2 April 2016

Panel sponsored by the European Architectural History Network

The study of Renaissance architecture, it might be said, centers on the façade. The classical canon of building orders – whether in early-modern interpretations of Vitruvius, the study of Roman ruins, or the development and dispersion of ancient building forms in prints and drawings – still dominates the scholarship. And so often, that which is not immediately present, lacks classical influence, and is not traditionally considered as “architecture,” is forgotten. This panel invites papers that explore the often-overlooked mechanical, decorative and utilitarian constructions “inside” early-modern architecture. This might include timepieces, intarsia paneling, fireplaces and furnaces, terrazzo flooring, fountains and plumbing systems, lamps and torches, locks, gates, and doors, but also windows, grates, and turn cabinets. Papers should explore how architectural “inserts” relate to the buildings that contain them. How did the facture of these elements fit within the greater construction process? And how, if at all, did such building components direct the building’s design? Beyond this, how did architectural inserts influence or enhance certain uses and perceptions of the building? Papers might also discuss the technical aspects involved in the production of such architectural extensions, the artistic background of their makers, and the professional communities that developed around these so often overlooked design trades.

Please submit a paper title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum) to both Elizabeth Merrill ( and Nele de Raedt ( by no later than June 8, 2015.