Conferences, publications, News

Fieldtrip: Survey of the Mausoleum of Oljaitu (2024)

Lorenzo Vigotti and Prof. Hadi Safaeipour (Shahid Behesthi University) visited Zanjan and Soltanyeh to make the necessary preparatory technical and bureaucratic arrangements for the full survey of the dome of the Mausoleum of Oljaitu (9-10 June 2024).

Conference: International Congress on Medieval Studies 2024

Lorenzo Vigotti presented his paper “Architectural Technology Transfer on the Silk Road: Iranian Double-Shell Domes and the West,” in the panel “Conceptualizing the Knowledge of Artists and Builders in the Global Middle Ages” at the 59th International Congress on Medieval Studies, held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo (USA), 9-11 May 2024.

Article: Artisanal Knowledge as a Transcultural Category (2024)

Migrating Inventions. Piero Sanpaolesi and the Case of the Double-Shelled Domes in Sultanyeh and Santa Maria del Fiore,” co-authored between Lorenzo Vigotti and Prof. Dario Donetti (University of Verona), will be published in the volume Artisanal Knowledge as a Transcultural Category, edited by J. Baumgarten, C. Farago and S. Lowish (London/New York: Routledge, 2024).

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DOMES website online (2024)

On March 2024, the website of DOMES was published online at www.iraniandomes.eu to inform the large public about the scope and ongoing results of the project.

Lecture: Successful Strategies for applying to MSCA (2024)

Presentation on the project and strategies for a successful application for an MSCA Global Fellowship for PhD Students currently Enrolled in the Visual, Performing, and Media Arts doctoral program at the Department of the Arts, University of Bologna, 14 March 2024.

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Lecture: Diplomatic gifts from Persia (2024)

Lorenzo Vigotti led an online lecture on “Diplomatic gifts from Persia to the Ottoman Empire, 1576,” for the Friends of Medici Archive Project on 3 January 2024.

Article: Il lungo viaggio della spina pesce (2023)

Lorenzo Vigotti and Prof. Silvia Benvenuti (Dept. of Mathematics, University of Bologna) co-authored “Il lungo viaggio della spina pesce,” on the monthly magazine focusing on mathematics Prisma. Matematica, giochi, idee sul mondo, 58 (December 2023), pp. 62-65.

Workshop: Nights of European Researchers (2023)

Participation in the Notte Europea dei Ricercatori (Nights of the European Researchers) organized by the University of Bologna on Friday, October 29, 2023. Organized a presentation of the project and interactive activities for schoolchildren https://www.nottedeiricercatori-society.eu/.

Grant: MSCA Global Fellowship awarded (2023)

Lorenzo Vigotti received a 3-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Global Fellowship by the European Commission, co-host by the Department of the Arts at the University of Bologna and the School of Architecture at the University of Tehran. The grant for the DOMES project started on 1 September 2023.

Lecture: Renaissances, Plural: Exchanges with Ottoman, Persian, and African Cultures (2023)

Lorenzo Vigotti lectured on “Renaissances, Plural: Exchanges with Ottoman, Persian, and African Cultures” for architectural master students at the Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University, 22 February 2023.

Lecture: Research Week at Iranology Foundation (2022)

Lorenzo Vigotti and Prof. Hadi Safaeipour (Architecture School, Shahid Beheshti University) presented “Diplomatic, Cultural, and Artistic Exchanges along the Silk Road between Ilkhanid Iran and Italy” during the International and National Research Week, at the Iranology Foundation in Tehran, Iran, 19 December 2022.

Conference: College Art Association (2022)

Lorenzo Vigotti presented his paper titled “Diplomatic Exchanges and Architectural Inventions along the Silk Road: The Case of Soltaniyeh and Santa Maria del Fiore” during the College Art Association held in Chicago, 16-19 February 2022.

Conference: Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art [CIHA] (2022)

Lorenzo Vigotti and Prof. Dario Donetti (Art History, University of Verona) presented “Migrating Inventions. The Double-Shell Domes of Soltaniyeh and Santa Maria del Fiore” during the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art held in San Paolo, Brazil, on January 17-21 2022.

Publication: New Horizons in Trecento Italian Art (2021)

Lorenzo Vigotti published an essay titled “The Ilkhanid-Italian Relationship during the Trecento: Medieval Persian Prototypes for Brunelleschi’s Dome in Florence” in the volume New Horizons in Trecento Italian Art, edited by Karl Whittington and Bryan Keene (Turnhout: Brepols, 2021), pp. 157-70.

Conference: Celebrating the 600 years of Brunelleschi’s dome (2020)

Lorenzo Vigotti presented “Le cupole nella storia: modelli mediorientali e locali per San Michele Arcangelo a Semifonte,” [Middle Eastern and local models for the construction of the dome of the church of San Michele] during the cycle of conference Nel seicentesimo anniversario della cupola del Brunelleschi, held in Barberino Tavarnelle (FI) on 3 October 2020.

Conference: From Sultanyya to Florence: Architectural Design and Craftmanship Traditions in the Fourteenth-and-Fifteenth-Century Architecture (2019)

Lorenzo Vigotti presented his talk “Diplomatic Exchanges and Architectural Inventions along the Silk Road between Soltaniyeh and Italy during the Fourteenth Century,” during the conference From Sultanyya to Florence: Architectural Design and Craftmanship Traditions in the Fourteenth-and-Fifteenth-Century Architecture held at Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, 23-24 February 2019. Read more on Tehran Times.

Conference: Andrew Ladis Memorial Trecento Conference (2018)

Lorenzo Vigotti gave a talk titled “Ilkhanid-Italian Relationship during the Trecento: Persian Medieval Prototypes for Brunelleschi’s Dome in Florence” during the first Andrew Ladis Memorial Trecento Conference held at the University of Houston, 8-10 November 2018.

Lecture & Workshop at the KHI (2018)

Lorenzo Vigotti and Dario Donetti invited Prof. Hadi Safaeipour (Shahid Behesthi University) at the Kuntshistorisches Institut in Florence to present: “Muqarnas Rediscovered: Domes’ Making in Tenth- Through Fourteenth-Century Iran” (link) and to partcipate in a workshop on Iranian and Italian domes, 3-4 June 2018.

Conference: Royal Swedish Research Institut in Istanbul (2017)

Lorenzo Vigotti presented “Migrating Inventions: The Case of the Double-Shell Domes in Sultanyeh and Santa Maria del Fiore” during the conference Synagogues, Churches, Mosques: Connections and Interactions, held at the Royal Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, 16-18 November 2017.

Field mission: Structural analysis of the Mausoleum of Oljaitu in Soltaniyeh by the KHI (2016)

Lorenzo Vigotti led a mission of multidisciplinary scholars from the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, including Director Alessandro Nova, focusing on medieval and early modern monuments and double-shell brick domes (Seljuck, Ilkhanid, and Safavid periods), December 2016.

Field mission: Documenting Iranian Medieval Monuments (2013)

Lorenzo Vigotti received a $1,000 2013 SAHARA Grant from the Society of Architectural Historians to take 2,000 photos of medieval Iranian monuments during a 1-month fieldwork. The mission was published as “The Seljuq and Ilkhanid Architecture of Medieval Persia,” Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter (4 October 2013) [link]; selected photos are available on the JSTOR database.

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