Opus Incertum

Opus Incertum offers itself as an instrument for the promotion and diffusion of research in the field of history of architecture providing new points of view and follow-up documents regarding broad and specific topics of this particular scope. It collects both Italian and foreign articles written by experts who base their research work on a solid scientific approach.

Opus Incertum è la rivista di storia dell’architettura del Dipartimento di Architettura dell’Università di Firenze. Fondata nel 2005, Opus Incertum intende costituire uno strumento di promozione e di diffusione della ricerca nel campo della storia dell’architettura e della città, intese nell’accezione più ampia del termine per quanto riguarda sia gli ambiti cronologici e geografici, sia quelli tematici. La rivista accoglie infatti contributi di studiosi italiani e stranieri specialisti nella disciplina, con l’obiettivo di stimolare, favorire lo sviluppo e rendere noti i risultati di ricerche originali, senza escludere nessun taglio metodologico che si basi su un rigoroso approccio scientifico. Lo scopo è quello di offrire prospettive inedite e nuovi approfondimenti conoscitivi su temi generali o su argomenti specifici riguardanti l’ambito disciplinare della rivista.

Chief Editor
Gianluca Belli, Università di Firenze, Italy

Editorial Board
Amedeo Belluzzi, Università di Firenze, Italy
Mario Bevilacqua, Università di Firenze, Italy
Joseph Connors, Harvard University, USA
Francesco Paolo Di Teodoro, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Roberto Gargiani, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland 
Alessandro Nova, Kusthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Italy
Riccardo Pacciani, Università di Firenze, Italy
Susanna Pasquali, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy
Brenda Preyer, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Alessandro Rinaldi, Università di Firenze, Italy

Editorial Secretariat
Daniela Smalzi, Università di Firenze, Italy

Executive Secretariat
Donatella Cingottini, Università di Firenze, Italy



Call for papers


The “Humanistic villa” in Italy

Numero 11, 2018

Please send your manuscript to: gianluca.belli@unifi.it

deadline: November 30th 2017 

In the issue of Opus Incertum dedicated to the “medieval villas” (N.S., I, 2015) we decided to select a number of buildings between the 13th and 15th century which, according to each specific geopolitical area, reveal strong personality and dignity, matching forms and contents related to the ideas of defence, comfort, representativeness.

In the present issue we are working at, which will be dedicated to the “humanistic villas”, the focus will go towards significant buildings that show a contamination of this rich architectural tradition with more or less consistent elements migrated from Antiquity. The outcome will be a series of buildings where classical elements coexist or conflict with medieval ones, where “all’antica” parts interact with the traditional architectural schemes, as precious Latinisms, sometimes appropriately, some other times not. Such intersections and combinations do not seem to be the result of a fallback, a misunderstanding or a more general conservative attitude that prevents from adopting the new trend, but rather appear as that specific form through which the classical language will manifest inside the consolidated genre of the villa.

The historical-geographical context will extend from the 15th to the 16th century, covering the hole Italian territory, giving special attention to Rome and the central-southern areas.

The issue will be edited by Alessandro Rinaldi.

The deadline for sending the abstracts (1000-1500 characters long) is 30th November 2017.

Three main keywords are requested together with the abstract.


Posted: 2017-10-25
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