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Ars artium sive ars magna: the Roots of Llull’s Artistic Project

From: 2015-10-29 To:2015-10-30

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  • A meeting aimed to expose the ideal of the “Art of the arts” (Ars artium) and its influence on the evolution of Llull’s Art (Ars magna).


    Ars artium sive ars magna: the Roots of Llull’s Artistic Project
    (Ramon Llull’s 700th Anniversary)

    Faculdade de Letras, Sala de reuniões (2nd floor), 29-30 October, 2015



    29th October


    • Presentation of the book: Pere Villlalba, Ramon Llull, vida i obres, IEC 2015.
    • Documentary with Alessandro Tessari (Raymundus-Lullus-Institut, Freiburg), Ramon Llull: uomo del nostro tempo (2015).
    • Discussion


    30th October

    9h15 Welcome and Opening session


    • Roger Friedlein (Bochum): Estruturas artísticas nos diálogos literários de Ramon Llull
    • José Higuera Rubio (Porto): El Arte luliano y la división aristotélica de las ciencias
    • Núria Gómez (Barcelona): Las primeras sistematizaciones del estudio luliano sobre la potencia, el objeto y el acto en el Liber contemplationis y el Arbor scientiae


    • Antoni Bordoy (Mallorca): De lo ideal a lo material: influencia de las artes en la concepción luliana de la relación idea-materia
    • Constantin Teleanu (Paris): Art e manera. Le système de l’Art des arts du Libre de Contemplació de Raymond Lulle


    • Amador Vega (Barcelona): Ramon Llull y el arte contemporáneo: elementos de iconografía
    • Celia López (Porto): Anatomia e cognição em Lulio
    • José Portugal (Santana da Feira): Ars de Llull e o desenvolvimento do espírito filosófico de Descartes


    • Francisco Díaz (Lisboa): Os frutos do projeto artístico luliano em Portugal
    • Rafael Ramis (Mallorca): Fernando de Córdoba y el lulismo del siglo XV


    Discussion and concluding remarks


    Image: The 7 liberal arts in Llull's grave.



    Attendance is free, but registration is necessary. Please send an e-mail to gfm-secretariado@letras.up.pt stating your full name, your academic title and your institutional affiliation.



    Ars artium is a syntagma that appears in the definition of philosophia (Isidore of Sevilla), dialectica (Peter of Spain) or grammatica (Evrard of Bethune). In some cases this locution is followed by expressions such as scientia scientiarum or disciplina disciplinarum. This syntagma connotes the existence of an Ars of higher order, which leads the other arts and disciplines, for instance Ars amoris and the contemplative life (William of St. Thierry), or Ars divina (Thomas Aquinas) and its reference to the causal virtues inserted in nature. The colloquium and the 2015 issue of Mediaevalia. Textos e estudos, in which the accepted papers will be published, aim to expose the different considerations about the ideal of the “Art of the arts” (Ars artium) and its influence on the evolution of Llull’s Art (Ars magna).

    Papers exploring (but not restricted to) the following topics are wellcomed:

    • The relationship between the Ars magna and the medieval tradition of liberal and mechanical arts.
    • The division of medieval disciplines and the distinctions made by Llull along his works, for instance: Llibre de Contemplació, Quattuor libri principiorum, Arbor scientiae.
    • The philosophical vocabulary and the meaning of the definitions of philosophia, scientia, disciplina.
    • The Sciences, methods and subjects of study.
    • The Lullian Art and the ideal of Ars artium from the perspective of the contemplative life.
    • The “scholastic” training in the monastery of Miramar and the subsequent studium generale lullianum of Mallorca.


    Call for papers


    Submission Details

    Submissions are accepted from researchers of all levels. Candidates must send abstracts of no more than 300 words (PDF-Word) to gfm-secretariado@letras.up.pt. Submissions should be prepared for anonymous peer review. The first page of the document should contain the author’s name, institutional affiliation, academic title, the paper title, and the author’s contact information. The selected papers should be suitable for 20 minutes-long presentation and, for publication, will have an extension of 6000 words (including footnotes), according to the guidelines of Mediaevalia. Textos e estudos: https://ifilosofia.up.pt/gfm/?p=publications.

    Note: Proposals can be submitted to the Colloquium or just to be published in the 2015 issue of Mediaevalia. Textos e estudos.

    Deadline for abstract submissions: 1st June 2015
    Selected proposals: 1st July 2015
    Delivery of papers: 30th September 2015


    Organized by TL Medieval & Early Modern Philosphy of the Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto

    Celia López (celialopez@letras.up.pt)
    José Higuera (higuejose@gmail.com)


    Funding: IF / FCT / Universidade do Porto.

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