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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 18, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 8
Celebrating Petrarch's 700th Birthday

Johns Hopkins will host this week a two-day symposium, Petrarch and the Arts, celebrating the 700th anniversary of the birth of Italian poet and humanist Francesco Petrarch. Events will take place on Friday, Oct. 22, at the Baltimore Museum of Art and on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Petrarch is best known for his Canzoniere, or Songbook, which for centuries has stood as a model for fledgling poets in the Western world. Writing in Latin and the vernacular, Petrarch provided inspiration for early modern artists and composers.

Free and open to the public, the symposium's lectures and performances will bring to Baltimore scholars who will explore the impact of Petrarch on the visual and musical arts.

The keynote address will be given by Elizabeth Cropper, dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Her talk, at 5 p.m. on Friday at the BMA, will be "Petrarch and the New Beauty: The Matter of Love in the Cinquecento."

Saturday's events, all at Peabody, include a 1-2 p.m. music recital by the Peabody Consort, a 4:30-6 p.m. reception in the George Peabody Library and a 6:30 p.m. music recital.

From Oct. 22 through Oct. 24, an exhibition called "From Narrative to Image: Petrarch's Book of Fortune in the Imagination of a German Humanist" will be presented by the Sheridan Libraries in the Reading Room of the George Peabody Library.

Petrarch and the Arts is sponsored by the departments of Romance Languages and Literatures and History of Art in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Peabody Conservatory and the Sheridan Libraries.

For details, call 410-516-7117 or go to


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