International Symposium on Roman Coins in the Renaissance

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October 27, 2011 – Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften / Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) organizes in cooperation with Münzkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut an international symposium in Berlin from November 16 to 18, 2011.

The aim of the interdisciplinary symposium “translatio nummorum – Roman Emperors in the Renaissance” is to conduct a comparative analysis of the role and function of antique coins between BC 49 to AD 96, and the research, reception, and (re-)construction of ancient culture and history by scholars and antiquaries in the age of the Renaissance.
We would like to clarify not only the intentions and peculiarities of the antiquarians but also their reception of the sources and of classical antiquity in general. An interdisciplinary combination of the methods of art history and numismatics appears particularly promising within the framework of the symposium.

On the one hand at the symposium there will be emphasized the relevant literature of the early modern era (its methodology and classification, as well as the structure, purpose, orientation, and audience of the particular book in question) and the authors themselves as well as the interaction between the various antiquarians. On the other hand there will be a focus on the development of core numismatic knowledge (selection criteria for the coins; questions regarding them; ancient tradition; physiognomic interpretations of the emperor portraits; subject matter on the reverse of the coins; iconography and the significance of the coins for the history of art; the possible reconstruction of numismatic collections etc.).

The Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance is an interdisciplinary research database containing documentation centering on the classical tradition, a focus of Renaissance studies.
Registered are the antique monuments known in the Renaissance together with the related Renaissance documents in the form of texts and images, and related information about locations, persons and periods as well as bibliographic data.
The Census is a useful tool of research, not only in the field of art history and archaeology, but also for any discipline focussing on the Nachleben of the Antique.

Entrance is free. Please register by sending an email.


November 16 and 17: Akademiegebäude am Gendarmenmarkt, Leibniz-Saal, Jägerstrasse 22/23, 10117 Berlin.

November 18: Münzkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Bode-Museum, Gobelin-Saal, Am Kupfergraben 1, 10178 Berlin.

Further information and the whole program are available here.