Streamed Lecture: Women in Italy, women composers in the 18th Century, and Maria Teresa Agnesi

BOSTON - Sept. 25, 2020 - PRLog -- Women in Italy, women composers in the 18th Century, and Maria Teresa Agnesi
October 17 at 6PM EST
Facilitator: Laury Gutiérrez, WSRC scholar and director of La Donna Musicale.

Dr. Rebecca Messbarger will explore the historical context around women's extraordinary public authority in Italy during the 18th century. Dr. Messbarger's award-winning research centers on the Italian Enlightenment, particularly the intersections among anatomy, art, and women's shifting roles in civic and academic life.

Dr. Robert L. Kendrick will discuss women composers in Italy with a focus on Milan and Maria Teresa Agnesi. Dr. Kendrick is one of the world's most respected scholars of historical women composers and early Italian music. He works largely in early modern music and culture, with additional interests in Latin American music, historical anthropology, traditional Mediterranean polyphony, music and commemoration, and the visual arts.

Dr. Massimo Mazzotti will share research from his book The World of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Mathematician of God, and discuss the fascinating lives of Maria Teresa's sister and the rest of the Agnesi family. Dr. Mazzotti's research focuses on the early modern and Enlightenment periods, with a particular interest in the topics of mathematics and other sciences.

Social and cultural historian Judy Anderson will illustrate the history of the U.S. Atlantic coast in the 18th and 19th centuries from the perspective of the Colonel Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead, MA (built 1766-8), one of the most opulent 18th-century Rococo houses in North America. Judy Anderson was the Lee Mansion Curator for over a decade, after working with museums in Los Angeles and Boston.

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This lecture is sponsored by an Early Music America mini-grant

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