Since the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death is approaching in 2019, it is a duty of historians of Accounting to pay homage through the Congress “Accounting History and Arts”, hosted in Turin, where the artist’s renowned selfportrait is kept.
The Italian art heritage represents one of the main factors characterizing our country. The quantification of such a heritage is certainly difficult. What is relevant instead is the quality that arts have entrusted to our present, and that each country must transmit to future generations.
Arts (all the arts) have passed on to all of us paintings, statues, tapestries, palaces, churches, museums, operas, symphonies, theatres, movies, literary works, villages, towns and cities, and landscapes through the centuries. The accumulation of such a huge wealth over time is an integral part of our culture and civilization.
With regards to the paths that depict the history of this (centuries-old) process of accumulation of art works, much has been studied in the fields of historical studies and, above all, of art history. Conversely, little has been written tracing the pathway that, from the study of accounting sheets and business records, leads to the artistic
creations, that is to say, to the multiple forms that art takes on.
In Accounting History, contributions that have investigated its connection to the different forms of artistic expressions are certainly present. Nevertheless, we deem that in comparison to the huge “treasures” that constitute the art heritage, many stories can be told and reconstructed through the peculiar lens of accounting
archives, business records and documents of public administrations.

The link between “arts”, either taken individually or as a whole, and accounting is a widely unexplored topic that, both in Italy and in many other countries, can be traced for centuries, and addressed from different perspectives (in the private and public sectors, with regard to big cities or small towns, relative to the patronage of popes as well as merchants and entrepreneurs, etc.). The topic that we propose has a huge potential to attract, also from an international perspective, contributions related to the link between Accounting and Art Heritage of other countries.

Scientific Committee

  • Valerio Antonelli                                                     
  • Federica Balluchi
  • Federico Barnabé
  • Andrea Bellucci
  • Davide Di Russo
  • Roberta Fasiello
  • Enrico Deidda Gagliardo
  • Daniele Gervasio
  • Luca Ianni
  • Alessandro Lai
  • Simone Lazzini
  • Paola Orlandini
  • Antonella Paolini
  • Luisa Pulejo

Organizing Committee

  • Paolo Pietro Biancone
  • Valter Cantino
  • Riccardo Coda
  • Alessandro Migliavacca
  • Giuseppe Modarelli
  • Massimo Pollifroni
  • Luigi Puddu
  • Christian Rainero
  • Silvana Secinaro

Symposium srl

Via Gozzano 14, 10073 Ciriè (Torino) - Italy

Phone +390119211467 - Fax +390119224992,


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The topic that we propose has a huge potential to attract, also from an international perspective, contributions
related to the link between Accounting and Art Heritage of other countries.
The 14th SISR National Congress aims at seizing the opportunity to debate a theme that, also at an international level, has not yet found adequate attention in Accounting History.
Therefore, expected contributions should address:
a) The history of the realization of paintings and sculptures, inferable also from the examination of accounting sheets;
b) The history of the construction of palaces, churches and public works commissioned by merchants, entrepreneurs, religious institutions or public administrations (at local or central level);
c) The history of the construction of theatres, museums and other spaces devoted to the realization of art events or artistic productions;
d) The history of artistic activities in theatres (comedies, tragedies, operas, symphonies);
e) The history of expositions, collections and exhibitions managed in museums;
f) Biographies of musicians, architects, painters, poets, stylists, editors, narrated through their personal accounting.
The variety of themes that may be identified by studying the link between
Accounting and Arts, can be led back to the following lines of research:

a) arts with respect to the person or the artist (their biography, their inheritance and the consequent activities managed by them, etc.);

b) arts with respect to the places of their creation (workshops, ateliers, studios, production factories, etc.);

c) arts with respect to the places of their fruition (theatres, museums, churches, private and public palaces, cinemas, etc.);

d) arts with respect to their financial promoters,patrons as well as regimes (i.e. propaganda).
The reference period goes from the beginning of time through the period of Contemporary Art (approximately no later than the 1970s).
All theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome.

Submission of contributions
Those interested in presenting their own original and unpublished contribution (also in a preliminary form) at the Congress are invited to submit their work by midnight on July 16, 2018 either as an extended abstract or as a full paper, through the dedicated online process.
An extended abstract must have a minimum length of 1,000 words.
The extended abstract must include the objective and the rationale of the paper, the structure and the methodological approach adopted, the expected results, the contribution of the research and its features of originality. A full paper must have a minimum length of 6,000 words and a maximum length of 10,000 words.
Both extended abstracts and full papers must be submitted in Word format.


Presenting Author will be required to register for the conference  by Oct. 10 2018. This deadline will be binding for inclusion in the conference program.

- Full paper text must be min. 6,000 words and max.10,000 words.

- full papers must be submitted via the online submission system using the conference templates and include two files in .pdf format. The former must include title and authors' list only (download template), the latter the anonymous text (download template).


Full paper submission: September 20th 2018
Final acceptance notification: October 10th 2018
Authors'registration (binding for inclusion in the program): October 10th 2018
Early registration: October 24th 2018
Final program: November 10th 2018
Final text submission: October 30th 2018

REGISTRATION FEES By Oct. 24 By Nov. 18 After Nov. 18
 SISR members 244 305 366

SISR members (PhD students, PhDs, researchers, subject experts)

122 183 244
SISR Non-members (over 35 years) 244  305 366
SISR Non-members (under 35 years) 183 244 305

SISR Non-members (PhD students, PhDs, researchers, subject experts)

183 244 305
Accompanying persons 170,80 231,80 292,80


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Attendees' registration fees include:

- conference attendance

- conference kit

- coffee break e standing buffet light lunch

- social dinner


The accompanying persons' registration fee includes:

- accompanying persons' program

- social dinner


Registrations can be made now via the online registration system 

How to get to Turin

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By air

Caselle International Airport , 20 minutes away from the city centre, allows daily connections with the main European cities.


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About Torino

Roman castrum, medieval town, first capital of Italy. Turin offers a lasting memory of castles, old beautiful palaces, royal residences, monuments. Turin is one of the cultural leading cities in Italy.

The city's lively cultural scene includes music, theatre, visual arts, photography, film, design, dance and heritage as well as a wide choice of museums, 46 in town, such as the world famous Egyptian Museum, the beautiful Galleria Sabauda with Italian and Flemish painting collections, the Automobile Museum, the Modern Art Gallery, the Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Cinema Museum with its unique interactive approach.

Moreover, Turin is one of the undisputed world capital of taste. It has always boasted a renowned food and wine tradition. The region's extraordinary cuisine can be enjoyed in over 600 city restaurants.

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Around Turin thousands of excursion opportunities: the Alps, the lakes, the artistic cities and villages, the golf courses, the wine and food tours.

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