Exhibition: Preaching in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on November 23, 2010

A center of Jansenism in the seventeenth century, the schools at Port-Royal des Champs were closed in 1660. The nuns of the convent were turned out in 1709, and most of the buildings were then razed. Today the museum hosts various concerts and exhibitions. From the museum’s website:

Representer la Prédication aux XVIIe et XVIIIe Siècles
Musée National de Port-Royal des Champs, 15 September — 13 December 2010

Jean-Bernard Restout (1732–97), "John the Baptist Preaching in the Desert," Musée du Louvre © RMN / Thierry Le Mage

Figure issue du Moyen-âge, le prédicateur est celui qui est chargé de diffuser la parole de Dieu pour le compte de l’Église. A partir du XVIe siècle, l’élan missionnaire mêle intimement instruction des fidèles, conversion des Protestants et évangélisation des terres nouvellement découvertes. Les ordres les plus actifs de la Réforme catholique, comme les Jésuites (fondés en 1540 par Ignace de Loyola), les Oratoriens (fondés en 1611 par Pierre de Bérulle) ou les Lazaristes (fondés en 1625 par Vincent de Paul), participent aux missions lointaines comme intérieures. L’importance de la prédication dans l’Église occidentale à l’époque des réformes marque l’art religieux de l’Europe aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles.

Les missionnaires prennent les fondateurs de leur Ordre comme modèles, et l’iconographie les montrent devant la foule des fidèles, aux portes d’une église comme pour la Prédication de François de Sales d’Eustache Le Sueur, ou plus généralement dans un paysage, comme pour la Prédication de Vincent de Paul d’Aureliano Milani. (more…)

Images of London: Workshop at York

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on November 23, 2010

London Scenes: An Interdisciplinary Workshop
Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York, 4 December 2010

Organizers: Alison O’Byrne, John Barrell, and Mark Hallett

London Scenes will bring together academics from a range of disciplines – including English, History of Art, Cultural Geography, and Urban Studies – in order to examine sequences of images of the metropolis in the long eighteenth century. The workshop format will allow for maximum discussion, with speakers giving brief, 10-minute papers on a particular sequence, followed by 20 minutes for general discussion. Over the course of the day, we will be considering the representation of London in works by artists including Francis Place, William Hogarth, Samuel Scott, Paul and Thomas Sandby, Edward Pugh, JMW Turner, Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Pugin, George Scharf, George Cruikshank, and John Tallis. In bringing together speakers and participants with a diverse range of interests from different disciplines, we hope to shed new light on how the city was represented in this period, and what broader implications this might have for our understanding of eighteenth-century culture. We are especially interested in considering whether or not we can begin to describe the development of a tradition of representing the city in visual sequences in this period.

9:45 Registration
10:00 Amy Todman ( Glasgow): “Vivarium Grenovicanum: Francis Place’s Views in and around the Royal Observatory”
10:30 Mark Hallett ( York): “Hogarth’s Vision of London”
11:00 Markman Ellis (Queen Mary): “Samuel Scott’s Thameside River Views, 1746-1764”
11:30 John Bonehill ( Glasgow): “‘The centre of pleasure and magnificence’: Paul and Thomas Sandby’s London”
12:00 coffee
12:15 John Barrell ( York): “Edward Pugh in Modern London
12:45 Stephen Daniels (Nottingham): “The New Meridian: Turner and Greenwich”
1:15 Lunch
2:15 Jon Mee ( Warwick): “‘Mutual intercourse’ and ‘licentious discussion’ in The Microcosm of London, 1808-1811”
2:45 Alison O’Byrne ( York): “George Scharf’s London”
3:15 John Bowen ( York): “Cruickshank and Boz”
3:45 Elizabeth Grant (RIBA): “John Tallis’s London Street Views”
4:15 Closing comments and discussion
4:30 End of conference.

Registration is £12.00 including an informal sandwich lunch.  A registration form is available on our website.

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