Ambrosiana

Envisioning and representing Africa

Each of the remarkably diverse traditions that compose the complex mosaic of African cultures has elaborated, over the centuries, its own forms, spaces and modalities of self-representation, written and unwritten.

In this regard, taking as its theme autobiography in tandem with biography, the V Dies Academicus of the Ambrosian Academy’s Classis Africana aims to explore self-writing in its myriad forms and modalities, from memoir, confession, journal, travel writing, letters and diary to semi-autobiographical fiction, interviews, visual arts and fashion.

Self-writing allows subjects to relate and, above all, to invent themselves across diverse circumstances and life experiences. Biography, which may come to us also via a range of media–oral narrative, written texts, documentary film, graphic and musical arts–brings into play multiple perspectives on its subject, developed retrospectively and perhaps from a distance, adumbrating and contextualizing more deliberately and sometimes projecting its subject as the very emblem of an historical time and place.

What are the pleasures of autobiography and biography for readers? Who are their readers, listeners or spectators? Can we identify historical moments in which these forms have greater or lesser appeal as narratives of an individual life or as ethnographic accounts? Is either tendency better? Are readings of African autobiographies as “ethnographic” problematic? Taking into account formal properties, as well as the challenges and possibilities of diverse media and genres, the study of autobiography and biography allows us to traverse centuries, ethnicities, states, languages and cultures, enabling an understanding of the intimate relationship of varied geo-political and historical contexts and the arts of representation.

PROGRAM

Friday, 10th February 2023

4.30 pm New Academicians’ appointment and official opening of the Dies Academicus

5.00 pm
Session I – Autobiographies (Chair: Eileen Julien and Mena B. Lafkioui)

Tassadit Yacine (Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales – Paris), Féminité, modes de résistances et subjectivité dans le monde kabyle (XIX-XXème siècle), en Algérie

Emanuele Marcello Ciampini (Università Ca’ Foscari – Venice), On the Egyptian (pharaonic) autobiographies as a literary genre

Emanuela Trevisan Semi (Università Ca’ Foscari – Venice), Letters as autobiography among the Beta Israel, the case of Taamrat Emmanuel and Tadesse Yacov, uncle and nephew in the resistance against Italian occupation. (online)

Saturday, 11th February 2023

9.30 am
Session II – Biographies (Chairs Mena B. Lafkioui)

Nafisa Valieva (Collège de France – Paris), Reading of the ‘Life of Lālibalā’ (Gadla Lālibalā) as a biography and a portrait of Ethiopian society

Annunziata Di Rienzo (Sapienza Università – Rome), “Perfect in all virtue”. Life and Encomium of John Colobos: monastic life and cultural crossroads at Sketis

Mohamed Meouak (Universidad de Cádiz), Résultats préliminaires d’une enquête sur les Wafayāt d’Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā al-Wanšarīsī (mort en 1508): un recueil de notices nécrologiques/biographiques contenant des matériaux anthroponymiques et toponymiques berbères

Mena B. Lafkioui (Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales – Centre national de recherche scientifique – Paris), Abdelkrim. A never-ending biographical narrative of a unique Amazigh leader

2.45 pm
Session III – Film biography (Chairs Eileen Julien)

Introductiory remarks by Samba Gadjigo (Mt. Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA, author of Ousmane Sembène: A Revolutionary Artist), and

Eileen Julien (Indiana University, USA) La noire de… (Black Girl) [1966], Screening

Sembène [2016], Screening

followed by: Q & A session

5.50 pm
Conclusion and greetings

Lectures of the two days will be in English, French and Italian

Free admission

WHAT’S ON

THE MIDDLE AGES IN MANUSCRIPT BOOKS

Pinacoteca

THE MIDDLE AGES IN MANUSCRIPT BOOKS

An itinerary through the treasures of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana curated by Federico Gallo and Stefano Martinelli Tempesta | Pinacoteca, rooms 2 and 3

25/04/2024-23/07/2024
Exhibition
MOLESKINE DETOUR

Pinacoteca

MOLESKINE DETOUR

From April 15, on the occasion of Design Week, the rooms of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana will host 'Moleskine Detour', an international exhibition promoted by Moleskine and the Moleskine Foundation.

15/04/2024-14/05/2024
Exhibition
Restoration works for the recovery of the historic balconies of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Ambrosiana

Restoration works for the recovery of the historic balconies of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Recovery of the functionality of the balconies of the Sala Federiciana, Borromeo and della Rosa through the installation of lifelines

01/03/2024
NEWS
Notice for the users of the Reading Room

Biblioteca

GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

Ambrosiana

GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

Every Saturday at 15.30 a guided tour of the masterpieces of the Pinacoteca, together with professional guides of our official partner AdArtem

01/04/2023-30/06/2024

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
llias picta, NA
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1609-1661)
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Flowers in a Vase, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Orrery, Sconosciuto
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli also known as Morazzone (1571-1626)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
Armillary sphere, NA
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1609-1661)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
The Madonna Enthroned with Saint Ambrose and Saint Michael, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Mouse with Roses, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
Daggers with sheath (eared sfondagiaco dagger), Milanese Gunsmiths
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
The Kiss, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)