Call for Papers: Symposium on French Bronzes

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on September 28, 2011

As noted at Le Blog de L’APAHAU and H-ArtHist:

French Bronzes: History, Materials, and Techniques, 16th-18th Centuries
Musée du Louvre and Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, Paris, 9-12 June 2012

Proposals due by 1 November 2011

With this three-day international symposium, we are aiming to bring together a diverse group of specialists — e.g., historians (of technology, art, trade, ideas), conservation scientists, curators, and conservator-restorers — to engage in an inter-disciplinary exchange and to promote further research into the development and cross fertilization of ideas and technology related to the making of bronzes in France — and by French artists abroad — from the Renaissance to the 19th century.

The conference will focus primarily on the following three inter-related subject areas:
1. The origins and cross-fertilization of ideas and technology related to the making of bronzes in France between the Renaissance and the 18th century. This would include three types of perspectives: chronological, geographical and typological.
2. The production of specific sculptors and founders, or of specific works of art. While technical aspects would be mostly discussed, all approaches aiming at documenting the production modes will be much appreciated, including the diverse roles of those who had a hand in the making of bronze statuary (e.g., sculptors, founders, merchants, …) and how this may have impacted stylistic and technical outcome.
3. Current state-of-the-art research methods and their application to multi-disciplinary studies. This would include historical and archaeological investigations, analytical studies of materials (e.g. metal, core and patina), as well as experimental reconstructions of metallurgical processes.

Genevieve Bresc-Bautier, musée du Louvre, France
David Bourgarit, C2RMF, France
Philippe Malgouyres, musée du Louvre, France
Jane Bassett, J. Paul Getty Museum, USA
Francesca Bewer, Harvard Art Museums, USA

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations before November 1st, 2011 (see http://frenchbronze.net ). The conference language will be English. Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their contribution and the type of presentation (oral or poster) by February 28th, 2012. A peer reviewed publication of the conference papers and poster presentations is planned to follow the conference. More information concerning the publication will be available in due course. There will be no registration fee, but conference places may be limited, so early registration is recommended.

%d bloggers like this: