Engraving Watteau

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on July 17, 2010

Antoine Watteau et l’art de l’estampe / Antoine Watteau and the Art of Engraving
Musée du Louvre, Paris, 8 July — 11 October 2010

Exhibition catalogue by Marie-Catherine Sahut and Florence Raymond, ISBN: 9782847421521 ($50)

A hundred engravings from the oeuvre of Antoine Watteau, mostly from the Edmond de Rothschild collection, illustrate the art of engraving in the 18th century. Before his premature death at age thirty-seven, the painter, engraver, and tireless draftsman Antoine Watteau (1684–1721) set his seal on the 18th century with the grace and spontaneity of his art. The oeuvre was engraved almost at once—between 1724 and 1735—on the initiative of his friend and protector Jean de Julienne. This remarkable venture—four volumes totaling some six hundred plates after his drawings and paintings—was entrusted to fifty engravers. A crucible for young talents including François Boucher and Laurent Cars, the project played its part in the Europe-wide development of the Rocaille style, of which Watteau was one of the main instigators.

Curators: Marie-Catherine Sahut (Department of Paintings) and Pascal Torres-Guardiola (Department of Prints and Drawings)

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N.B. — The catalogue is available through artbooks.com (a full description, in English, is available here). The latest mailing from Artbooks.com also includes the forthcoming title edited by Christiane Naffah, Watteau et la fête galante (Paris: Musées nationaux, 2010), ISBN: 9782711856541 ($90).

Call for Papers: Sociology of the Letter

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on July 17, 2010

First Annual EE Colloquium on the Sociology of the Letter
St Anne’s College, Oxford, 12–13 November 2010

Proposals due by 10 September 2010

The Divinity School, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

The Colloquium on the Sociology of the Letter is a new event from the Electronic Enlightenment Project, a leading scholarly resource for correspondence in the early modern period, supported by the Centre for the Study of the Book, a centre for fostering research into books across academic and professional specialisms. Both groups are scholarly departments of the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. The colloquium is intended to provide a forum for both academics and graduate students exploring different aspects of both correspondence about publishing(letters to and from authors, editors, copy-editors, printers, proof-readers, printers, binders, booksellers, censors, reviewers . . .) and the publication of correspondence itself (ancient, medieval, contemporary, translations, fictional, satirical, translations . . .) in the early modern period.

Both correspondence and publishing were immensely influential in the nexus of political, religious, literary and cultural ferment in Europe and the Americas in the 16th-18th centuries. By exploring the links between the two, we expect to contextualize both and reach a deeper understanding of their social and
historical significance.

Call for Papers
The papers given by academics will be 40 minutes; those given by graduate studentswill be 20 minutes. Conference papers can be in English or French. A selection of papers will be published electronically in the Electronic Enlightenment Project’s e-journal Letterbook. Please send your proposals (max 250 words) by Friday 10 September 2010 to the following addresses:
Dr Robert V. McNamee
Director, Electronic Enlightenment Project
Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Email: eecolloquium@e-enlightenment.info

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