Conference | Carrara Marble and the Low Countries

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 13, 2012

I’ve included only a selection of the sessions, generally as directly related to the eighteenth century, but the entire conference looks fascinating. For more information, consult the listing at H-ArtHist. -CH

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Carrara Marble and the Low Countries from the Late Middle Ages to  Today
Rome and Carrara, 4-8 June 2012

Registration due by 15 May 2012

Marble quarries above Carrara (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Organized by Academia Belgica, Roma; Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome; Université Libre de Bruxelles; Universiteit Gent; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Université de Liège; Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels; Royal Museums of Fine-Arts of Belgium, Brussels; Nederlands Interuniversitair Kunsthistorisch Instituut, Firenze; The Low Countries Sculpture Society, Brussels

4-5 June 2012 (Monday and Tuesday morning)
Pre-Conference Study Days in Rome: The sculpted and painted decoration of galleries in Roman palaces and villas c.1500-1830
Please note that during the one-and-a-half days of  Pre-Conference Excursions we will be visiting embassies and other official residences that are rarely or never open to the public, but which may be closed at short notice for official functions. If this were the case, we might have to change the order of the individual visits or even attempt to substitute the cancelled visit with another. The provisional programme includes the galleries of : Raphael’s Villa Madama, Palazzo Farnese, Borromini’s Palazzo Pamphilj (Piazza Navona), Algardi’s Villa Doria-Pamphilj (Via Aurelia Antica), Museo Pio Clementino and Casino di Pio IV in the Vatican Gardens and the stone conservation workshops of the Vatican Museums.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Academia Belgica, Roma via Omero 8
14.30-15.00  Registration
15.00  Welcome by Ambassadors Vincent Mertens de Wilmars and Alphonsus Stoelinga (tbc), Prof Dr Walter Geerts, director of the Academia Belgica and Prof Dr Bernard Stolte, director of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome . . .

Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Academia Belgica, Roma via Omero 8
9.00  Registration
Session Three — The trade in Carrara marble to the Low Countries: local and international actors and strategies, and their impact on the design and production of luxury goods
9.30  Dr Cristiano Giometti, Università di Pisa, Marble merchants from the Low Countries in the early 18th century from the documents of the State Archives of Massa
10.00  Muriel Barbier, Institut National du Patrimoine, Paris, Carrara marble for French fireplaces delivered by Flemish marble masons in the 18th century
10.30  Prof Dr Krista De Jonge, Catholic University of Leuven, Luxury Artefacts: The Early Modern Low Countries and the Genoese Trading Network in Carrara Marble
11.00 Dr Francis Tourneur, Association Pierres et Marbres de Wallonie, Namur, Marble gleanings: commerce, design, production and techniques from Boussu to Corroy-le-Château
11.25  Discussion
11.40  Coffee
Session Four — The social prestige of Carrara marble vs. alabaster
12.00  Dr Aleksandra Lipi?ska, University of Wroclaw (PL), « Marbre blanc qu’on dit albastre. » Italian marble vs. Transalpine alabaster in 16th-century Low Countries sculpture
12.30  Géraldine Patigny, Université Libre de Bruxelles/Royal Institute of Cultural Heritage, Brussels, La place du marbre dans la sculpture à Bruxelles à l’époque de Jérôme Du Quesnoy père et fils
12.55  Discussion
13.10  Lunch
Session Five — Carrara marble as a vehicle for classical ideals
14.00  Dr Léon Lock, Catholic University of Leuven, The techniques of Carrara marble carving in Antwerp in the 17th century between tradition and innovation
14.30  Inger Groeneveld, Royal Academy of Arts, Den Haag, Carrara marble for the Dutch Interior 1600-1800
15.00  Dr Sophie Mouquin, Université de Lille III / Ecole du Louvre, Paris, Poetics, symbolism and science: The perception of Carrara marble in Paris and in the Low Countries in the 18th century
15.25  Discussion
15.40  Coffee
16.00  Dr Emile van Binnebeke, Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels, The theory and practice of Carrara marble sculpture by Gabriel and Godecharle
16.30  Wim Oers, WENK Sint-Lucas Brussels-Gent / University of Oxford, The use and meaning of Carrara marble sculptures and decorations at Schönenberg (the current royal palace at Laken), near Brussels, 1781-87 . . .

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