2017 Nov 24-25 Canonici Conference

This two-day conference is planned to celebrate the bicentenary of the arrival from Venice to the Bodleian Library of the Canonici collection of manuscripts (1817) and to stimulate interdisciplinary research. Papers and posters will offer the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics related to the Canonici manuscripts and will help in the identification of further research.

Convener: Irene Ceccherini

Scientific Committee: Irene Ceccherini, Cristina Dondi, Martin Kauffmann, Martin McLaughlin, Nigel Wilson

Conference fee: £50 / £35 students and unwaged; please note that registration for either day of the conference will be available at half price. Link for registration

The conference is supported by the The Board of Electors to the James P. R. Lyell Readership in Bibliography; the Bodleian Libraries; and Lincoln College

Friday 24 November 2017

Weston Library, Lecture Theatre

9.15am Registration

9.50am Richard Ovenden (Oxford), Opening remarks

10.00am Irene Ceccherini (Oxford), Three years with the Bodleian Canonici collection: current achievements and some future prospects

10.30am Coffee

Session 1. Provenance

Chair: Cristina Dondi (Oxford)

11.00am Dorit Raines (Venice), The Canonici ‘modus operandi’: acquiring rare manuscripts in 18th-century Venice

11.40am Laura Nuvoloni (Holkham Hall), Searching for Trevisan manuscripts: the Canonici and Holkham collections

12.20pm William Stoneman (Harvard), Canonici manuscripts outside the Bodleian Library

1pm Lunch

Session 2. Music, liturgy and the Bible

Chair: Henrike Lähnemann (Oxford)

2pm Margaret Bent (Oxford), Late-medieval music in the Canonici collection

This paper will be illustrated with live examples and followed by a short recital of music from MS. Canon. Misc. 213

3.10pm Laura Albiero (Paris), Hidden treasures in the Canonici Liturgici collection

3.50pm Greti Dinkova-Bruun (Toronto), The Canonici Biblici manuscripts: the expected and the unexpected

4.30pm Tea

Session 3. Greek and Hebrew manuscripts

Chairs: Nigel Wilson (Oxford) & César Merchan-Hamann (Oxford)

5.00am Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (London), The Greek translation of Ḥunayn Ibn Isḥāq’s (d. 873) Questions on medicine in MS. Canon. Gr. 1

5.40pm Rahel Fronda (Oxford), Lions of Judah in a late-13th-century micrographic Hebrew Bible, MS. Canon. Or. 137

6.20pm Closing remarks

6.30pm Reception at Lincoln College, Langford Room

Saturday 25 November 2017

Lincoln College, Oakeshott Room

9.20am Henry Woudhuysen (Oxford), Opening remarks

Session 4. French and medical manuscripts

Chair: Ian Maclean (Oxford)

9.30am Marco Veneziale (Liège/Zürich), The French medieval manuscripts of Matteo Luigi Canonici

10.10am Iolanda Ventura (Orléans), Reconstructing Paduan academic medicine and pharmacology between the 14th and 17th centuries: the role of the Canonici collection

10.50am Coffee / Posters

Session 5. Italian literature

Chair: Martin McLaughlin (Oxford)

11.30am Gennaro Ferrante (Naples), ‘ILLUMINATED DANTE PROJECT’: The illuminated Dante manuscripts of the Canonici collection

12.10pm Marcello Nobili (Rome), The textual transmission of a neglected witness for the Fortleben of the ‘Tre Corone’ in the 15th-century Romagna: the ‘Libellus de honore mulierum’ by Benedetto da Cesena in MS. Canon. Ital. 288

12.50pm Lunch

Session 6. Humanism: palaeography and manuscript illumination

Chairs: David Rundle (Oxford) & Martin Kauffmann (Oxford)

2.00pm Teresa De Robertis (Florence), Il contributo dei manoscritti Canonici alla storia della scrittura umanistica

2.40pm Ada Labriola (Florence), In the shadow of Lorenzo de’ Medici: Florentine illuminated manuscripts by Gherardo di Giovanni in the library of Matteo Luigi Canonici

3.20pm Tea / Posters

Session 7. Humanism: literature

Chair: Irene Ceccherini (Oxford)

4.00pm Outi Merisalo (Jyväskylä), The dissemination of Poggio Bracciolini’s works in the light of the Canonici manuscripts

4.40pm Angelo Piacentini (Milan), Three humanistic anthologies in the Canonici collection

5.20pm Final discussion and closing remarks

Most of the Canonici manuscripts are described in H. O. Coxe, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars tertia codices Graecos et Latinos Canonicianos complectens, Oxford, 1854 and A. Mortara, Catalogo dei manoscritti italiani che sotto la denominazione di Codici Canoniciani Italici si conservano nella Biblioteca Bodleiana a Oxford, Oxford, 1864. The liturgical manuscripts are described in the Summary Catalogue (vol. IV, 331-99). Brief entries for the illuminated manuscripts are contained in O. Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. 2: Italian school, Oxford, 1970. Brief entries for the dated and datable manuscripts are published in A. G. Watson, Catalogue of dated and datable manuscripts c. 435-1600 in Oxford libraries, Oxford, 1984.

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