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HB-273416-21Research Programs: Awards for FacultyCostanza Gislon DopfelThe Impact of Plague Mortality and Demographic Depression on the Arts of Early Renaissance Florence1/1/2021 - 7/31/2021$35,000.00CostanzaGislonDopfel   St. Mary's College of CaliforniaMoragaCA94575-2715USA2020Renaissance StudiesAwards for FacultyResearch Programs350000350000

Research and writing leading to a book on the connection between the Black Death and the origins of the Italian Renaissance.

The project explores the relationship between epidemics and artistic production in 15th century Italy. Its goal is to understand how the horror of recurring plagues fueled the exceptional intellectual and artistic energy of the Renaissance. The focus is on Florence, as its responses to pandemics are particularly well documented. Paradoxically, as the town braced itself every ten years for a new plague event and faced the threat of societal extinction, it also became the center of artistic innovation. The study suggests an innovative approach that analyzes how art mediates and reflects modifications of social behavior as a response to stress and population decline. The link between human and intellectual fertility unveils not only a connection between female reproductive duties and the iconography of childbirth, but also between art, literature and the public trauma caused by depopulation.