Call for Papers: Rosa in Britain (witches and magic!)

Posted in Calls for Papers, exhibitions by Editor on October 28, 2009

Conference: Salvator Rosa in Britain
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 18 October 2010

Proposals Due by 30 December 2009


Salvator Rosa, "Soldiers Gambling," ca. 1658 (Dulwich Picture Gallery)

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art will be hosting a conference, Salvator Rosa in Britain, on October 18th, 2010, at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, to accompany the exhibition Salvator Rosa (1615-1673): Bandits, Wilderness and Magic, to be held there from 15 September – 28 November 2010.  Rosa has always had a double importance for art in Britain, as both painter and phenomenon, and the conference aims to explore his vast impact on both painters and writers. Possible themes might include

  • collectors and collecting
  • Rosa and concepts of the sublime, both in landscape and in magic, prophecy and enchantment
  • the afterlife of some outstanding works once or still in Britain, such as the Democritus, Belisarius, Atilius Regulus, or Empedocles Leaping into Etna
  • Rosa and the concepts of Romantic genius and the freedom of the artist
  • the myths woven around Rosa’s biography
  • bandits and witches.

Please send a 250 to 500-word outline of your proposal for a twenty-five minute presentation, along with a CV and a list of publications to Helenlangdon@hotmail.com.

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