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Lecture: The Figure of the Amateur in the Eighteenth Century

Posted in lectures (to attend) by Editor on April 27, 2011

From Le Blog de L’APAHAU:

Charlotte Guichard, La figure de l’amateur au XVIIIe siècle
Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art, Paris, 28 April 2011

Jean-Baptiste Greuze, "Portrait of Claude-Henri Watelet," ca. 1765 ( Louvre)

Traditionnellement associé au collectionneur ou relégué au rang de simple dilettante, l’amateur est en réalité au XVIIIe siècle une figure centrale dans la constitution des savoirs artistiques. A distance de la conception kantienne, le langage du goût renvoie alors à des opérations cognitives dans le monde des amateurs. Non pas désintéressés, mais passionnément liés aux objets, à leur matérialité et à leur ordonnancement, les savoirs de l’amateur sont des savoirs du geste, articulés à un faire et à une praxis. La conférence présentera la spécificité de cette figure et son rôle dans la formation du discours de l’histoire de l’art, à travers l’exemple des « Rymbranesques », ces gravures d’artistes amateurs qui furent un des lieux où se construisit la grandeur de Rembrandt et son intégration dans le canon artistique.

Study Tour of Scotland / Conference on Edinburgh Cast Collection

Posted in conferences (to attend), on site by Editor on April 27, 2011

This study tour sounds appealing enough on its own, but I was especially struck by the timing: it’s organized in conjunction with the EAHN/Docomomo conference. So often it seems that academic conferences could do a better job exploring the host area’s resources, and yet schedules tend to hold little room for excursions. This seems like an interesting solution. Also, as noted on the itinerary, there is at the same time a conference on the Edinburgh Cast Collection. -CH

EAHN Architectural Study Tour of Scotland
8-11 September 2011

Registration due by 1 June 2011

Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh (Photo by James Denham, Wikimedia Commons)

Join the European Architectural History Network for an architectural study tour of Scotland from 8-11 September 2011. Tour highlights include Edinburgh, Glasgow, and five centuries of Scottish architecture, ranging from a selection of castles through postwar mass housing. The tour will be led by local scholars and will be accompanied by a coordinator from the EAHN. The tour fee of 96 euros includes guides and tour bus transportation; it does not include hotels, meals, or international transportation. For complete information and registration details, please consult the schedule.

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Cast Collection, Edinburgh College of Art

Also in September, the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh will host a conference on the Edinburgh Cast Collection. Founded in 1798, this is the second oldest educational collection in the UK, with donations by Lord Elgin, Canova, Thorvaldsen. The conference will be a major academic event with a section on Architecture and Cityscape. Details will be available in June.