New Title | James Wyatt, 1746-1813: Architect to George III

Posted in books by Editor on April 10, 2012

From Yale UP:

John Martin Robinson, James Wyatt, 1746-1813: Architect to George III (London: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2012), 400 pages, ISBN: 9780300176902, $75.

James Wyatt (1746–1813) is widely recognized as the most celebrated and prolific English architect of the 18th century. At the start of his lengthy career, Wyatt worked on designs for the Oxford Street Pantheon’s neo-Classical interior as well as Dodington, the Graeco-Roman house that served as the model for the Regency country house. Wyatt was the first truly eclectic and historicist architect, employing several versions of Classical and Gothic styles with great facility while also experimenting in Egyptian, Tudor, Turkish, and Saxon modes. His pioneering Modern Gothic marked him as an innovator, and his unique neo-Classical designs were influenced by his links with the Midlands Industrial Revolution and his Grand Tour education.

This groundbreaking book sheds new light on modern architectural and design history by interweaving studies of Wyatt’s most famous works with his fascinating life narrative. This masterly presentation covers the complex connections formed by his web of wealthy patrons and his influence on both
his contemporaries and successors.

John Martin Robinson is an independent architectural historian. He is a partner in Historic Buildings Consultants, Librarian to the Duke of Norfolk, Maltravers Herald Extraordinary and Vice Chairman of the Georgian Group. He is a regular architectural contributor to Country Life and the author of numerous books.

Graduate Conference | Beyond Borders

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 10, 2012

From the conference website:

Beyond Borders: The Impact of Cultural Exchange in Art History
Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, 10-11 May 2012

Conference registration due by 1 May 2012

The University of Cambridge History of Art Graduate Conference, Beyond Borders: The Impact of Cultural Exchange in Art History will be held on 10-11 May 2012 at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. The two-day conference will address cross-cultural influences within the various art disciplines over a far-reaching geographical and chronological spectrum. The aim of the conference is to provide, and promote, an interdisciplinary forum for scholars investigating issues from appropriation of styles and motifs, to collecting and patronage. For more information and to register to attend, please visit: www.artconference2012.com. Please note that registration closes 1 May and seats are limited. For any queries, please contact us at: info@artconference2012.com

Keynote Speakers: Professor Partha Mitter (University of Sussex) and Dr. Sarah Turner (University of York)

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Thursday, 10 May 2012

9:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome address

10:05 Professor Partha Mitter, Introduced by Professor Jean Michel Massing

11:00 Panel I: India and Cultural Exchange, Chair: Professor Jean Michel Massing
• Kimia Shahi, ‘Translation and Transformation: Bernard Picart and Mughal Indian Miniatures’
• Rashmi Viswanathan, ‘The Tressider Album: A Case Study of a Private Ethnography’
• Krista Gulbransen, ‘Rao Surjan Singh and the Origins of Painted Portraiture in Bundi’

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Panel II: Architecture and Interiors, Chair: Dr. Frank Salmon
• Ellen Hurst, ‘The Reinvention of Russian Architecture: Italians in the Service of Vasily III, 1505-33’
• Hank Johnson, ‘Palladio Might with Envy View It? Eighteenth-Century British Design, British Self-Perception, and Italian Architecture’
• Josefine Baark, ‘”Small, Fat and Paunchy”: Chinoiserie Figures in Rosenborg Castle, Denmark’

3:00 Coffee

3:15 Panel III: Gift and Commercial Exchange, Chair: Dr. Meredith Hale
• Lejla Bajramovic, ‘A European Artist Collecting Non-European Art: Emil Preetorius’
• Andrew Chen, ‘Simone Martini’s Orsini Polyptych: A Gift from the Avignon Pope Clement VII to Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, and the Politics of the Western Schism c. 1390′
• Antonia Gatward Cevizli, ‘The Marquis and the Sultan: Mantuan-Ottoman Cultural Exchange in the 1490s’

Friday, 11 May 2012

9:30 Registration

10:00 Panel IV: The Ancient World to 1000AD, Chair: Ms. Aurelie Petiot (PhD candidate)
• Samar Faruqi, ‘Orientalist Painting and the Victorian Art Market: Edwin Long’s Babylonian Marriage Market (1875)’
• Einav Zamir, ‘The Empire of Bacchus: Exchange from West to East’
• Theodore Van Loan, ‘From Symbol to Text: The Contingency of Influence in Umayyad Coin Design’

11:30 Coffee

11:45 Dr. Sarah Turner, Introduced by Dr. Polly Blakesley

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Panel V: Identity and Exchange, Chair: Mr. Duncan Robinson
• Liz Renes, ‘Sargent and His Mentors: Carolus Duran, Henry James and the Fostering of a Cosmopolitan Identity’
• Jill Baskin, ‘Picturing Freedom’s Shores: The Visual Culture of African Americans in Liberia, 1821-1865’
• Galina Mardilovich, ‘Rembrandt’s Shadow in Late Nineteenth-Century Russia’
• Loyd Grossman, ‘Benjamin West’s Confused Nationality’

3:30 Closing Address

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