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June 29, 2004
CONTACT: Amy Cowles

Symposium to Mark 700th Birthday of
Francesco Petrarch

The Johns Hopkins University will host a symposium "Petrarch and the Arts" on Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23, celebrating the 700th anniversary of the birth of Italian poet and humanist Francesco Petrarch. Events will take place at The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, and The Peabody Conservatory of Music, One East Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore.

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. Scheduled speakers include scholars from Yale University, Harvard University, and Princeton University, as well as Università per Stranieri di Perugia and Università degli Studi di Udine, both in Italy.

Events include:

Oct. 22 at The Baltimore Museum of Art:

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Lectures

5 p.m., Keynote lecture
Elizabeth Cropper, dean, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, The National Gallery, Washington Petrarch and the New Beauty: The Matter of Love in the Cinquecento

October 23 at The Peabody Conservatory:

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Lectures

1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Music recital by The Peabody Consort

4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Reception in the George Peabody Library

8 p.m., Music recital

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

At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in anticipation of the symposium, Leopoldine Prosperetti will give an illustrated lecture that is designed to introduce a general audience to the many different aspects of Petrarch's cultural legacy. The lecture will take place in the Sherwood Room, Levering Hall, on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Prosperetti is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and recently received her doctorate from the History of Art Department at Johns Hopkins.

The symposium's organizers say that Petrarch is best known for his Canzoniere, or the Songbook, that 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.

"Petrarch and the Arts" is presented by the departments of Romance Languages and Literatures and the History of Art at The Johns Hopkins University, along with the Peabody Conservatory and the university's Sheridan Libraries. For information, call 410-516-7117 or visit www.jhu.edu/~arthist/petrarch.html.

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