New Eighteenth-Century Titles at Artbooks.com

Posted in books by Editor on April 18, 2010

Francoise Pitt-Rivers, "Le destin d'Angelica Kauffmann: Une femme peintre dans l'Europe du XVIIIe siècle, biographie"

William Laffan and Brendan Rooney, "Thomas Roberts: Landscape and Patronage in Eighteenth-Century Ireland."

Antoine Schnapper, "Jean Jouvenet (1644-1717) et la peinture d'histoire à Paris" (available May 2010)

Godden’s Collection of Blue and White Porcelain at Bonham’s

Posted in Art Market by Editor on April 17, 2010

The following press release from Bonham’s recently appeared at Art Daily:

Rare Worcester plate painted with 'Boys at Play', ca. 1752, est. £10,000-12,000. Photo: Bonhams.

An outstanding collection of Blue and White Porcelain assembled by the renowned ceramics expert Geoffrey Godden is to be auctioned at Bonhams on Wednesday 30th June. Godden’s encyclopaedic knowledge has earned him the nickname ‘God’ to many in the ceramics field, and this collection, many items of which are included in his Guide to British Blue & White Porcelain, is much admired. “Bonhams is honoured to be selling such a fine collection put together by this celebrated expert. Many of the pieces are outstanding examples of blue and white, and the fact that they can be seen in Geoffrey’s books will add considerable interest. They would be a valuable addition to any collection.” says Fergus Gambon, Director of Bonhams European Ceramics Department.

Geoffrey Godden, a leading British authority on ceramics, and the author of over 30 books on the subject, was the second generation of an antique dealing family. He learnt about antiques, and particularly ceramics, in his father’s shop in Worthing before starting to collect English blue and white in 1948 whilst on National Service. One of his first purchases was three teapots from the sale of the contents of Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire, which he bought for £11. One of these (c.1746-48) is included in this auction and is now expected to fetch £15,000-20,000. His extensive reference collection has grown over the following sixty years and Godden has devoted his life to cutting-edge academic research into British ceramic history, and to publishing the results of his studies.

This auction of more than 200 pieces of blue and white presents a remarkable opportunity to acquire famous pieces of English porcelain, for most are published in Godden’s many well-known books. Examples of Limehouse, Vauxhall, Isleworth, Worcester, and of course Lowestoft, his personal favourite, are included in the sale. Highlights include a very rare Worcester plate painted with ‘Boys at Play’, circa 1752, estimate £10,000-12,000; an Isleworth tankard, inscribed with initials and dated 1779 (£6,000-8,000) and a Lowestoft miniature or toy teapot, circa 1785 (£6,000-8,000).

Conference on the Eighteenth-Century Illustrated Book

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 16, 2010

‘Adorn’d with Cuts’: The Illustrated Book in the Long Eighteenth Century
Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire, 14 May 2010

Over 400 years old, Chawton House once belonged to the brother of Jane Austen. The novelist herself lived nearby from 1807 until 1817, just before her death. The Chawtwon House Library sponsors a series of academic events and fellowships.

Growing interest among scholars from a range of disciplines has opened up debate about the partnership of image and text in the eighteenth century and its place in the flourishing print culture of the period. This one-day conference at Chawton House Library draws together different approaches to book illustration in order to consider the production, purpose and interpretation of images in books of this date. A number of the library’s most intriguing illustrated texts will be on display for the duration of the event. Speakers will include:

  • John Feather, who will consider text and image in the eighteenth century from the perspective of the historian of the book
  • Brian Alderson, who will examine continuity and change in Aesopic imagery prior to Thomas Bewick’s engravings to The Select Fables of Aesop in 1818
  • Ann Lewis, who will discuss text and image in illustrated editions of Rousseau’s Julie ou La Nouvelle Héloïse

To register for the conference, please contact Chawton House Library, info@chawton.net.

Houdon Exhibition in Montpellier

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on April 15, 2010

From the Musée Fabre’s website:

Jean-Antoine Houdon, la sculpture sensible
Musée Fabre de Montpellier, 17 March — 27 June 2010

Portraitiste à succès, Jean-Antoine Houdon a exécuté les bustes des personnalités les plus éminentes de l’Europe et de l’Amérique des Lumières : Voltaire, Diderot, Buffon, Franklin, Glück, Condorcet, Cagliostro… mais aussi l’impératrice Catherine II de Russie, Louis XVI, Napoléon Ier… On louait ainsi son talent inégalé pour saisir la vie, l’esprit et le caractère de son modèle. Houdon traitait aussi avec virtuosité les sujets religieux, antiques et allégoriques.

Près d’une cinquantaine de pièces sont exposées, dont dix-huit sculptures de Houdon, au premier étage des collections permanentes (salles 19-20-21). Le coeur de cette rétrospective unique est constitué autour de trois chefs-d’oeuvre : les allégories en marbre de l’Hiver, appelé la Frileuse (1783), et de l’Eté (1785) appartenant au musée Fabre, puis sa version en bronze réalisée en 1787 prêtée par le Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York. Ces statues sont parmi les plus célèbres de son temps et révèlent admirablement le passage du Baroque aux Lumières. Un ensemble de sculptures, gravures, peintures de Houdon, Clodion, Greuze… les accompagne pour expliciter ces représentations liées à l’Amour et à la Mort. (more…)

Early Modern Art Markets: Flemish & Dutch Paintings in Geneva

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on April 14, 2010

From the Geneva museum’s website:

L’art et ses marchés: La peinture flamande et hollandaise, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles
Les Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva, 1 October 2009 – 29 August 2010

Frédéric Elsig (Paris: Somogy, 2009), ISBN: 9782757202500

This exhibition is in follow-up to La naissance des genres (2005-2006), and it similarly has two objectives. On the one hand, it will present a part of the Museum’s collection that is as important as it is little known: a selection of Flemish and Dutch paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries that have been treated for purposes of conservation and restoration, and of which the catalogue raisonné will be published on the same occasion. On the other hand, it will illustrate a consequential phenomenon that first emerged during this period in the former Low Countries: the rapid expansion of the art market. With different sections devoted to what were then perfectly constituted categories, the display will highlight the new development’s principal characteristics as well as the predilection of Geneva collectors for Dutch paintings of the Siècle d’Or.

Call for Papers: Society for Literature, Science, & the Arts

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on April 13, 2010

The 24th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
Indianapolis, 28-31 October 2010

Abstracts due by 15 April 2010

Submit 150-300 word abstract with title. Pre-organized panels for consideration can contain an additional summary paragraph along with proposed session title. Submit papers and register at http://www.litsci.org/slsa10/.

Topics can represent ANY work in litsci, history of science, philosophy of science, Science and Art, or science studies. SLSA conference programs have always represented the membership’s wide range of interests and research projects. We are particularly interested this year in submissions that might coordinate with a stream of sessions on “Ends of Life,” addressing issues in bioethics, medical humanities, literature and medicine, and Animality Studies, but this is an open topic conference, where a wide range of work will be welcome. All participants in the 2010 conference must be members of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts for 2010. For more information about SLSA, please visit the organization website at: www.litsci.org.

Site Coordinator: Richard Nash, Indiana University
Program Chair: Elizabeth Wilson, Emory University

Notification for Acceptance of Submissions: 1 August 2010

Recent Reviews for French Studies

Posted in books, reviews by Editor on April 13, 2010

Excerpts of recent reviews featured at the H-France website:

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H-France Review Vol. 10 (March 2010), No. 49

Raymonde Monnier, ed., À Paris sous la Révolution. Nouvelles approches de la ville. Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 2008. 221 pp. Notes. €25.00 (pb) ISBN 978-2-85944-596-6.

Review by Sydney Watts, University of Richmond.

Quoi de neuf sur la Révolution? Raymonde Monnier’s latest publication on Paris during the French Revolution stands out as a valuable collection of fresh ideas and illuminating scholarship, the ongoing work of a number of both young and well established historians from France and abroad. This plentiful compilation of groundbreaking research, taken from conference proceedings held at the Hôtel de Ville in October 2005, reveals the vitality of historical scholarship on this topic over the past two decades. Certainly, one would think after the flurry of publications following the bicentennial of 1789 that the subject of revolutionary Paris has been exhausted. Not so. In fact, the seventeen contributors to this collection open more historical terrain to the interested scholar than they close off.  While each essay is kept brief, close to its conference paper format, many of them point to burgeoning fields of study. These historians have left behind ideological debates to focus on new topics, original historical problems, and open-ended discussion.

The questions around which the conference focused point to the place of Paris under the Revolution, its role as a site of acculturation that transformed its citizens as much as the city was transformed by its citizens. These scholars look to Paris as the center of revolutionary activity, keeping in mind the historical change in material conditions, social life and economic activity. Many of them contend with the fact that Paris was a growing metropolis with its own urban problems that were further challenged under the revolution.  Other participants focus on the political culture that permeated urban life in ways that to a greater or lesser degree demonstrate what Parisians made of this revolutionary world. In turning to clearly delineated objects of study located in Paris (i.e., urban politics related to financing urban projects and policing the city, cultural venues such as the theatre and museums, city businesses such as construction, public transportation the meat trade, and examples of political culture as seen in sermons, engravings and Parisian academies) these scholars aim to untangle Paris from the Revolution writ large. As a result, instead of using Paris as a backdrop to this revolutionary period, Paris–its urban administration, economic life and political culture–is both the subject and object of this historical period. . . .

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H-France Review Vol. 10 (March 2010), No. 57

Stéphanie Loubère, L’Art d’aimer au siècle des Lumières. Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 2007: 11. Oxford: The Voltaire Foundation, 2007. 343 pp. Illustrations, footnotes, bibliography and index. $111 U.S./£65 U.K./€78 (pb). ISBN 978-0-7294-0917-9.

Review by Elena Russo, The Johns Hopkins University.

In this erudite, careful and thorough study, Stéphanie Loubère surveys and analyzes the surprisingly rich story of the translations and adaptations of Ovid’s “Art of Love” in eighteenth-century France. This is a story that is likely to interest the reader more for what it reveals about the vicissitudes of translating and adapting the classics, and for the role they continued to play in French letters throughout the Enlightenment, than for its potential to seduce the senses and captivate the amorous imagination. Indeed, the expectant reader is bound to be disappointed, for never has eroticism felt so dull, dogmatic and pedantic. Certainly, had Ovid written according to the spirit of his French translators, it is safe to assume that he would never have incurred disgrace, exile, or been accused of immorality. Like them, he would have lived and died in dignified obscurity.

Still, it was worth resurrecting those authors, if only for a moment, and we may agree with Loubère’s claim that a study of the minores is likely to yield some interest for those who wish to explore the intellectual context, or better yet, the rhetorical and argumentative underbelly, of libertine literature, from Crébillon to Laclos. As Loubère points out, both in the Augustan empire and in the ancien regime, writing careers were shaped on the benches of law schools; all of the arts of love, to a greater or lesser extent, deliberately parodied treatises on rhetorics, at a time when rhetorics could no longer find an outlet in the practice of politics. The boudoir, rather than the tribune, became the space in which the arts of persuasion were honed and refined. The same may be argued of the Middle Ages, of such works as André Le Chapelain’s “De Amore” in the twelfth century and Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung’s “Romance of the Rose” in the thirteenth century. . . .

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H-France Review Vol. 10 (March 2010), No. 58

Michel Baridon. A History of the Gardens of Versailles. Translated by Adrienne Mason. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.  vii + 296 pp.  48 illustrations, notes, bibliography, and index. $55.00 U.S. (cl).  ISBN 978-0-8122-4078-8.

Alain Renaux. Louis XIV’s Botanical Engravings. Hampshire, England and Burlington, Vt: Lund Humphries, 2008. 144 pp.  70 illustrations, bibliography.  £30 UK. (cl).  ISBN 978-1-84822-000-3.

Review by Elizabeth Hyde, Kean University.

The last week of January 2009 saw the toppling of one of the last surviving trees planted for Marie Antoinette.  Since 1786 the beech tree had grown in the gardens of the Hameau, the queen’s pastoral retreat (just recently renovated) at Versailles. The tree had born witness to the collapse of the French monarchy and had survived the ambivalence felt towards Versailles and the royal gardens, symbols as they were of Bourbon rule, as France lurched right and left in search of political stability in the century afterwards. The beech had been weakened in the 1999 storms that devastated the gardens of Versailles (and forced a replanting on a scale not undertaken since the 1770s); January’s storm finished it off. Associated Press photos showed gardeners unceremoniously sawing up the arboreal remains of the ancien regime. (more…)

What Will Art Historical Research Look Like in the Future?

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 12, 2010

The Future of Art Bibliography in the 21st Century
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 20 April 2010

The Getty Research Institute has received a grant from the Kress Foundation to convene an international task force of art librarians, scholars, and information specialists from Europe and the United States to discuss the question of the future of art bibliography. Recent events, including discussions of art library closures, scant funding resources for ongoing support of art libraries and projects internationally, and the cessation of the Getty’s support for the continuation of BHA provide the catalyst to review current practices, take stock of changes, and seriously consider developing more sustainable and collaborative ways of supporting the bibliography of art history in the future.

The organizers of the task force (Kathleen Salomon, Getty Research Institute; Rüdiger Hoyer, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, and Jan Simane, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz and Chair of the Art Libraries Section of IFLA) wish to extend an invitation to the art historical community to participate in a discussion on this topic to be held on Tuesday, April 20th in New York.  The meeting will be from 1:00-5:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (courtesy of Kenneth Soehner). Two panels presenting “thoughts from the field” will be followed by open discussion. The issues that come forward in the open meeting will help to lay the groundwork for the subsequent meeting of the smaller task force that will address what is and is not feasible for art bibliography in the future. The outcomes of the meeting and next steps will be posted and shared with the wider art historical community. If you would like to attend the open meeting, please note that seating is limited and must be reserved ahead of time. Please RSVP to Diane Lazar at dlazar@getty.edu by April 12th.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, note that there will be a recap and discussion session at ARLIS in Boston on Sunday April 25th, from 2:30-3:30, as well as at the IFLA Art Libraries Section meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden, in August.

SAH Conference in Chicago

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 10, 2010

The 2010 Society of Architectural Historians conference takes place in Chicago, 21-25 April. Registration is open online. The following sessions suggest something of what’s available for the long eighteenth century:

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Architectural Drawing from Antiquity through Early Modernity: The Ideas of Architecture
Friday, 2:00-4:30, Wolf Point
Chair: John Senseney (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

  • Robert Bork (University of Iowa), “Drawing, Geometry, and the Procedural Logic to Gothic Design”
  • Ann C. Huppert (University of Washington, Seattle), “The Centrality of Drawing in Baldassarre Peruzzi’s Design Process”
  • Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto (University of Maryland, College Park), “The Role of Drawing in the Evolution of Garden Design”
  • Anthony Gerbino (Worcester College, University of Oxford), “The Estate Survey and the Formal Garden: Cartography and Landscape in 17th-century France”
  • Heather Hyde Minor (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “G.B. Piranesi’s Notebooks and the Ideas of Architecture”

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Taking the Measure of New Colonial Architectural History
Friday, 2:00-4:30, Sauganash West
Chair: Barbara Burlison Mooney (University of Iowa)

  • Pierre-Édouard Latouche (Canadian Centre for Architecture), “The Many Great and Small Rebuildings of Montreal between 1650 and 1750”
  • Jeroen van den Hurk (University of Kentucky), “New Netherlandic Architecture: Evidence from Building Contracts”
  • Daphne Degazon Hobson (Charlestown, Nevis), “Subsistence and Luxury: A Report from the British Caribbean in 1706”
  • Mark Reinberger (University of Georgia), “Englishness and Gentility: A View from the Mid-Atlantic”
  • Carl Lounsbury (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation), “Regionalism in Early American Ecclesiastical Architecture”

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Alpenreisen und Wüstenwanderungen: Envisioning Landscapes of Early Modernity
Saturday, 9:00-11:30, Western Stage
Chairs: Nicole Huber and Ralph Stern (University of Washington, Seattle)

  • Jennifer Ferng (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “Unearthing Prosperity: the Art of Mining, Governance, and Perceptions of Landscape in Early Modern France”
  • Kristoffer Neville (University of California Riverside), “Landscape versus Architecture in Early-Modern Scandinavia”
  • Jeremy Kargon (Morgan State University), “From Building Toward Landscape: Erich Mendelsohn and a Reconstitution of Geographical Forms”
  • Mari Hvattum (Oslo School of Architecture and Design), “‘Goats, Englishmen, and Art Lovers’: A.O. Vinje and the Making of the Modern Mountainscape”

Conference for Walpole and Delany Exhibitions in London

Posted in conferences (to attend), Member News by Editor on April 9, 2010

From the Paul Mellon Centre:

Curious Specimens: Enlightenment Objects, Collections, Narratives
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 15-17 April 2010

A conference organized by Birkbeck, University of London; the Victoria & Albert Museum; the Yale Center for British Art; the Lewis Walpole Library. Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre.

Miniature cabinet from Strawberry Hill, rosewood 1743 (London: V&A)

This conference brings together academic and museum scholars to present and discuss new perspectives on eighteenth-century practices of collecting, using as its focus two exhibitions, Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill (V&A, 6 March-4 July 2010) and Mrs Delany and her Circle (Sir John Soane’s Museum, 19 February-1 May 2010). Horace Walpole (1717-1797) was a central figure in eighteenth-century social and cultural life and the most important collector of English historical artifacts and objects, including manuscripts, rare books, ceramics, portrait miniatures, prints, paintings, antiquities, armour and other curiosities, which he arranged in his Gothic villa at Strawberry Hill. Mary Delany (1700-1788) is best known for her cut-paper collages of botanically accurate flowers and floral embroidery designs, which connect the world of natural history with court culture and in particular the collections of the Duchess of Portland. This conference will address eighteenth-century pre occupations with the ordering of both the natural world and material culture, which required new ways of thinking about the classification of objects. Papers will examine issues of collecting, collectors and their circles; the creation of artisanal productions as forms of collecting; and intersections and tensions between antiquarian, aesthetic, and scientific cultures of collecting.

Thursday, 15 April — Lincoln Inns Fields

5:00  Keynote Lecture (at the Royal College of Surgeons)

  • Pamela Smith (Columbia): ‘Curious Modes of Production: Making Objects in the Early Modern World’

6:30  Reception at Sir John Soane’s Museum and viewing of Mrs Delany exhibition

Friday 16 April — Victoria & Albert Museum

10:00  Registration

10:30  Welcome from Directors/Organizers

10:45  Panel 1: Walpole and Delaney

  • Michael Snodin (V&A)
  • Alicia Weisberg Roberts (The Walters Art Museum)

12:00  Panel 2: Collectors, Predisciplinarity, Divisions of Knowledge I

  • Elizabeth Eger (KCL): ‘Quills and Other Feathers: Elizabeth Montagu and the Matter of Friendship’
  • Janice Neri (Boise State University, Idaho): ‘Paper Kingdoms: Mary Delany, the Duchess of Portland, and the Consequences of Collage’

1:30  Lunch

2:30  Panel 3: Collectors, Predisciplinarity, Divisions of Knowledge II

  • Stacey Sloboda (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale): ‘Material Displays: Porcelain and Natural History in the Duchess of Portland’s Museum’
  • Adriano Aymonino (Independent Scholar, London): ‘A Mirror of the Enlightenment: The Collections of Elizabeth Seymour Percy, first Duchess of Northumberland’’
  • Craig Hanson (Calvin College, Michigan): ‘Collecting Virtue: The Patronage and Acquisitions of Dr Richard Mead in Early Georgian London’

4:15  Tea

4:45  Plenary Lecture

  • Stephen Bann (University of Bristol), ‘Curiosity Future and Past: Siting Horace Walpole’

6:00  Reception and viewing of Strawberry Hill exhibition

Saturday 17 April — Strawberry Hill

10:00  Welcome: Michael Snodin

10:30  Keynote Lecture

  • Malcolm Baker (U. California Riverside): ‘Walpole and Sculpture’

12:00  Panel 4: Aesthetic and/or Antiquarian Collecting

  • Cynthia Roman (Lewis Walpole Library, Yale): ‘Collecting Copies, Surrogates, and Misattributions’
  • Rosemary Sweet (Leicester): ‘Contrary to my System and my Humour: Horace Walpole and Antiquarian Collecting in the 18th Century’
  • George Haggerty (U. California, Riverside): ‘Eccentric Collectors: Walpole, Beckford, and the Erotics of Things’

1:30  Lunch

2:30 Visits to Strawberry Hill (every 15 minutes, 1 hour per visit)

4:00  Tea

4:30  Roundtable Discussion: Museums, Collecting, Predisciplinarity

  • Malcolm Baker, Tim Knox, Kim Sloan, Michael Snodin

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