Exhibition | Madame Elisabeth: The Tragic Fate of a Princess

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on May 31, 2013

From the exhibition website:

Madame Elisabeth (1764-1794): Une Princesse au Destin Tragique
Domaine de Madame Elisabeth, Versailles, 27 April — 21 July 2013

Curated by Juliette Trey

Expo-Mme-ElisabethWho was the real Madame Elisabeth, the princess who never married and lived at Versailles with her brother Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette? When she turned nineteen, the King gave her the estate of Montreuil, a country house very close to the Palace of Versailles. Madame Elisabeth spent her days there in simple pursuits – music, science, painting, embroidery and games – surrounded by her friends. In 1789, when she was twenty-five years old, the age of majority for unmarried women, she was finally entitled to sleep at Montreuil. However, the events of the French Revolution dictated otherwise.

This first major exhibition devoted to Madame Elisabeth is located in two areas of the estate. In the Residence, the furniture and objects with which the Princess surrounded herself have been assembled for the first time, conjuring up the lifestyle at Montreuil. The Orangery traces the life of the princess and the history of the estate.

130 works and objects have been assembled, including paintings, drawings, furniture, objets d’art, costumes, jewellery, and archive plans and documents. They come from the Palace of Versailles and several public and private collections and some exhibits have never previously been displayed. The exhibition space design aims to recreate the intimate atmosphere of Montreuil during the era of Madame Elisabeth. A multi-sensory tour allows visitors to experience this directly via perfumes, music, handling materials, and listening to contemporary accounts.

This tribute to the young princess also offers an opportunity to learn about the art of 18th-century gardens. The grounds are laid out in the English landscape garden style and have retained their original feel, with a grotto and groves of trees. Beds of aromatic and medicinal plants have been recreated in front of the Orangery, conjuring up the figure of Lemonnier, Madame Elisabeth’s physician, who cultivated plants on the estate. The walk between the two exhibition venues is enlivened with topiary representing animals.

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From the Versailles bookstore:

Juliette Trey, ed., Madame Elisabeth (1764-1794): Une Princesse au Destin Tragique (Milan: Silvana Editoriale, 2013), 192 pages, 28€.

mm elisabeth_190Although she was an obscure princess, Madame Élisabeth had an exceptional destiny. She never married and stayed with her elder brother, Louis XVI, who made her a present of the Montreuil estate on her 19th birthday: a country house only a few hundred metres from the Palace of Versailles.

This matchless horsewoman spent her days pleasantly there, surrounded by her friends who accompanied her on hunting outings or fishing trips. Passionately interested in mathematics and geography, and gifted in drawing, she never really interrupted her studies. Deeply pious, learned and sensible, Madame Élisabeth was also funny, cheerful and incredibly generous to everyone, heaping gifts on her friends and winning the affection of the inhabitants of Montreuil by her many acts of charity.

She showed great courage during the Revolution, refusing to go into exile in order to stay with her family. Imprisoned in the Temple with the royal family, she was guillotined just after reaching the age of thirty. A cult grew up around the memory of Madame Élisabeth which intensified after the Restoration and the return to power of her brothers from 1814 on.

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82nd & Fifth: One work. One curator. Two minutes at a time.

Posted in museums, resources by Editor on May 30, 2013

As art historians come around to moving pictures and expanding notions of audience, experiments from the Met (smartly packaged under the label 82nd & Fifth) are particularly interesting. -CH

Morning Catch

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As introduced by Thomas Campbell:

[Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art] launched 82nd & Fifth, a new Web feature that asks one hundred curators from across the Museum to each talk about a work of art from the Met’s collection that changed the way they see the world. One work. One curator. Two minutes at a time.

82nd & Fifth speaks directly to my interest in linking historical art and culture to a broader conversation. The Met is located at 82nd & Fifth but its relevance is global, allowing people to better understand both themselves and the world around them in the broadest sense.

We live in a sea of constant information, and these two-minute, authoritative commentaries are a welcome way to get powerful and compelling content in quick doses. We hope they will intrigue audiences who love the Met and those who are new to art.

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In “Morning Catch” (episode #38), Jeff Munger addresses a broth bowl from Vincennes, ca. 1740-56.

In “Family” (episode #40), Perrin Stein discusses Jacques-Louis David’s Study for The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of his Sons, 1787.


New Book | Green Retreats

Posted in books by Editor on May 29, 2013

From Cambridge UP:

Stephen Bending, Green Retreats: Women, Gardens and Eighteenth-Century Culture (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 319 pages, ISBN: 978-1107040021, $40.

xlWomen, Gardens and Eighteenth-Century Culture explores the world of eighteenth-century aristocratic women and the gardens they created, inhabited, visited, and imagined. It examines both the physical spaces created by women and the role of the garden (physical and imagined) in relation to female sociability, scandal, high politics, piety, the erotic, and the powerful but contradictory language of retirement with which women in the country were confronted. Combining a survey of cultural representations of the woman in the garden with case studies of four major women gardeners, it offers comprehensive readings of letters, journals and diaries, novels, poetry and physical landscape to demonstrate the complex cultural negotiations and manipulations women undertook when they gardened on a large scale. Detailed case studies include Elizabeth Montagu and the Bluestocking circle, the gardening neighbours Lady Caroline Holland and Lady Mary Coke, and the scandalous retirement of Henrietta Knight, Lady Luxborough.


Part I:
1. ‘Gladly I leave the town’: Retirement
2. ‘No way qualified for retirement’: Disgrace
Part II:
3. Bluestocking Gardens: Elizabeth Montagu at Sandleford
4. Neighbours in Retreat: Lady Mary Coke and the Hollands
5. ‘Can you not forgive?’ Henrietta Knight at Barrells Hall
6. ‘Though very retired, I am very happy’

Symposium | Sculptural Mobilities

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on May 28, 2013

From the conference website:

Sculptural Mobilities
University College London, 3 July 2013

tumblr_mhsoe2f7AY1s58z3do1_r1_500Tracing the flows of sculptural artworks between the Nordic Countries and Europe from the early modern period to the present day

A one-day symposium organised collaboratively by University College London’s Department of Scandinavian Studies, and Kingston University’s Visual and Material Culture Research Centre. This symposium is funded by the Henry Moore Foundation.

This interdisciplinary symposium investigates the cultural mobility of sculptural artworks. Positioning the Nordic Countries as a contact zone of sculptural exchange, the project traces the flows of artworks to and from the Nordic Countries and Europe and examines the impacts these flows generate on both local/regional contexts of display and the nature of the sculptural artwork itself. Histories of sculpture within the Nordic region are arguably under-studied and the region’s influence upon and translation of influences from the wider Europe remain insufficiently traced. Our symposium emphasises the Nordic Countries’ important role as an interstice between the East, West and the North, and to bring to light individual histories of sculptural mobility from the early modern period onwards.

Stephen Greenblatt has defined cultural mobility as ‘the restless process through which texts, images, artefacts, and ideas are moved, disguised, translated, transformed, adapted, and reimagined in the ceaseless, resourceful work of culture.’ The sculptural artwork by contrast is often imagined as static and fixed, stable and immutable. To what extent is the sculptural artwork changed by transcultural recontextualisation? What is the potential for movement to compel a performative response within the moving object itself – what are the ways in which it is materially made to move via this process of transcultural exchange? Conversely, how do sculptures impact their new contexts of display? To what extent do moving sculptures confirm or critique the complexity, interdependence and instability of ‘localised’ cultures?

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7.30pm  Thorvaldsen (1949) by Carl Theodor Dreyer (Wilkins Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL) — Screening and lecture by Claire Thomson (Lecturer in Scandinavian Film and Head of UCL Scandinavian Studies) followed by an informal reception in the Wilkins North Cloisters, UCL.

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9.00  Sara Ayres and Elettra Carbone / Claire Thomson and Fran Lloyd — Introduction and welcome

9.30  Panel 1: Courtly Patronage and Sculptural Mobilities

• Francesco Freddolini (Assistant Professor of Art History at Luther College, University of Regina, Canada), Denmark and the International Mobility of Italian Sculpture, ca. 1709-1725

• Cynthia Osiecki (PhD Fellow, Interdisciplinary Research Training Group ‘Baltic Borderlands’ at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, Greifswald), The Import of Flemish Sculpture into Sweden’s Courts in the Second Half
of the Sixteenth Century

• Kristoffer Neville (Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Technical University in Berlin), A Gothic Neptune: Georg Labenwolff’s Sculpture for the Danish Court, 1575-1583

11.00  Coffee break

11.30  Panel 2: Danish Myth, Italian Maestro: The Unveiling of Bertel Thorvaldsen

• Stig Miss (Director of The Thorvaldsen Museum), The Making of Sculptural Awareness in Copenhagen: The Contribution of the Works of Thorvaldsen

• Elettra Carbone (Teaching Fellow in Norwegian, University College London), Reading Sculpture: The Remediation of Thorvaldsen’s Sculpture in Printed Culture

• David Bindman (Emeritus Durning-Lawrence Professor of the History of Art, University College London), The Original Drawings for Thiele’s Biography of Thorvaldsen in the UCL Library

1.00  Lunch break — There will be time to view the one-day exhibition Rediscovered: Unique Thorvaldsen Portfolios held by UCL Special Collections alongside Karin Lowenadler’s Standing Male Nude (1936)

2.00  Panel 3: Post-War Sculptural Exchange between Britain and the Nordic Region

• Frances Lloyd (Associate Dean Research & Enterprise, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University), ‘Back in from the Cold’: Karin Jonzen’s Commissions for the World Health Organisation

• Christina Brandberg (PhD Candidate, University of Hull), Henry Moore in the Nordic Countries: The First Two One-Man Shows in 1952

• Sara Ayres (Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, Kingston University), Transfiguring Memorials in Norway and Britain

3.30  Coffee break

4.00  Panel 4: Curatorial Mobilities

• Linda Hinners (Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, National Museum, Stockholm), Establishing a Platform for National Sculpture Production: The Recruitment of French Sculptors to Sweden during the Seventeenth and
Eighteenth Centuries

• Liisa Lindgren (Senior Curator, Parliament of Finland, Helsinki), Sculpture Hand in Glove with Architecture: The Sculpture Collection at the Finnish Parliament

• Marjorie Trusted (Senior Curator of Sculpture, V&A), Medieval Scandinavia and Victorian South Kensington

5.30  Concluding remarks and final discussion, chaired by Marjorie Trusted

6.00  Drinks

7.00  Conference dinner for speakers and guests

New Acquisition | Getty Acquires Runge’s ‘Times of Day’

Posted in museums by Editor on May 27, 2013

Press release (23 May 2013) from The Getty:

Philipp Otto Runge, Day, from Times of Day, 1805. Printmakers: E.G. Krüger and J. A Darnstedt. Etching and engraving
(Los Angeles: The Getty Research Institute)

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) announced today the acquisition of a rare first edition, Times of Day by Philip Otto Runge (1777–1810). Published in 1805, this suite of four prints representing Morning, Evening, Day, and Night is widely recognized as a monument of German Romantic art.

“This remarkable set of engravings is a radical, personal expression from one of the leaders of the German Romantic movement,” said Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Institute. “It is a landmark addition to the Getty Research Institute’s important prints collection.”

Runge, along with Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840), was one of the leading painters and theorists of the German Romantic movement. He rejected the tradition of academic painting in favor of art that symbolically expressed the essential harmony of nature, humanity, and the divine. The complex iconography of Times of Day,  which is very detailed, is meant to express the coming and departing of light—dawn, daytime, dusk, and darkness—and at the same time represents the organic process of conception, growth, decay and death.

“The elegance and purity of these images stands the test of time, expressing universal themes with grace and boldness,” said Louis Marchesano, curator of prints and drawings at the Getty Research Institute. “In his own time, Runge was praised and collected by important cultural figures such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.”

From 1802 until his untimely death in 1810 at the age of 33, Runge worked obsessively on these images, carefully articulating every aspect of their compositions and frames. Early in the planning stages, he made four large outline drawings in preparation for the four final images.

This first, small edition of the four engravings, published in 1805, reflects the delicacy of Runge’s carefully constructed preparatory drawings.  Although the artist approved the production of a second, significantly larger edition, his original intent was not commercial. Runge shared his first edition with other artists and writers in order to disseminate his new artistic ideas and to announce his plans to create a large painting cycle based upon the designs. Those paintings were never completed; thus the prints are an important record of the artist’s goals.

The prints are now part of the GRI’s Special Collections, which comprise rare and unique collections in art history and visual culture from around the world, including more than 27,000 prints ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

At Christie’s | The Exceptional Sale

Posted in Art Market by Editor on May 26, 2013

Press release (22 May 2013) from Christie’s:

The Exceptional Sale (#1140)
Christie’s, London, 4 July 2013

George II Silver Coffee-Pot, Mark of Paul de Lamerie, 1738. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm.) high. The arms are those of Lequesne impaling Knight, for Sir John Lequesne (1687-1741) and his wife Mary, née Knight, whom he married in 1738. Estimate: £3.5 million – 4.5 million. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2013.

George II Silver Coffee-Pot, Mark of Paul de Lamerie, 1738. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm.) high. The arms are those of Lequesne impaling Knight, for Sir John Lequesne (1687-1741) and his wife Mary, née Knight, whom he married in 1738. Estimate: £3.5 million – 4.5 million. Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd 2013.

With an estimated 1.6 billion cups of coffee being consumed worldwide each day, Christie’s London presents the most important coffee-pot ever to come to the market in The Exceptional Sale (#1140) on 4 July 2013 (estimate: £3.5 million – 4.5 million). This Rococo masterpiece by Paul de Lamerie (1688–1751) – the greatest silversmith working in Britain in the eighteenth century – is expected to become the most valuable piece of English silver ever to be sold at auction. The George II silver coffee-pot was created in 1738, for a successful merchant. This exceptional piece of craftsmanship has recently been the centerpiece of the British Silver exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Lamerie’s works have been prized above all others for the last two hundred and fifty years. He was apprenticed to his fellow Huguenot Pierre Platel in 1703, becoming free of his master in 1711. Within six years he was described as the King’s Silversmith. This coffee-pot is the masterpiece of de Lamerie’s highly developed Rococo period and is a tour-de-force of design and execution.

The coffee pot was commissioned by London based trader and fellow Huguenot Sir John Lequesne. As a child, Lequesne came to Britain as a refugee with his younger brother, fleeing Rouen like so many of his fellow Protestants. It was arranged by their father that they would lodge with a Spanish merchant in London; the brothers would never see their father again, he died tragically from an illness after having been imprisoned for his beliefs. The Lequesne brothers prospered; John became free of the Grocers’ Company and David the Salters’ Company. They later set up business together trading with the West Indies. John not only became an Alderman of the City but was also a director of the Bank of England, and was knighted by King George II in 1737. A successful marriage, bringing a dowry of £20,000, and an equally successful career enabled him to commission this most magnificent of coffee-pots from the greatest silversmith of the day. The coffee-pot, inspired by French forms and conceived in the new French Rococo style, speaks of his ancestry. Its presence in the ownership of a successful merchant epitomises the vibrancy of eighteenth-century trade in London.

The first London coffee house was opened in 1652 by a member the English Levant company which traded with Turkey. Pasqua Roseé had served in Smyrna (now Izmir) and had acquired a taste for the dark stimulant drink. Coffee’s many virtues, both real and imagined, were extolled by printed handbills; they also warned of a sleepless night if consumed too late. Each coffee house had its own particular clientele, some were literary, some political, others concerned with shipping and others finance. From the coffee house came the Gentleman’s Clubs and City institutions such as the insurance market Lloyds of London. These unofficial meeting places were disapproved of by the establishment; King Charles II tried to censure them in 1675 to no avail.

By the eighteenth century the practice had acquired polite acceptance and coffee was being consumed at home from silver and porcelain pots. It was usually served black and from long spouted vessels. There was also a fashion for taking it in the Turkish manner, with large quantities of sugar syrup used in the preparation. Contemporary accounts survive for ‘Turky Coffee Pots’ with short spouts, as used by Lamerie for the present coffee pot; the short spout meant viscous liquid flowed freely.

Summer Reading Idea | The Stockholm Octavo

Posted in books by Editor on May 25, 2013

From Harper Collins:

Karen Englemann, The Stockholm Octavo: A Novel (New York: Ecco, 2012), 432 pages, ISBN: 978-0061995347, $27.

StockholmOctavoLife is close to perfect for Emil Larsson, a self-satisfied bureaucrat in 1791 Stockholm. He is a true man of The Town—drinker, card player, and contented bachelor. Until one evening, when Mrs. Sophia Sparrow, proprietor of an exclusive gaming parlor and fortune teller, shares with him a vision she has had—a golden path that will lead to love and connection for Emil. She offers to lay an Octavo for him, a spread of cards that augur the eight individuals who can help him realize this vision—if he can find them. Emil begins his search, intrigued by the puzzle of his Octavo and the good fortune Mrs. Sparrow’s vision portends. But when Mrs. Sparrow wins a mysterious folding fan in a card game, the Octavo’s deeper powers are revealed. No longer just a game of the heart, collecting his Eight is now crucial to pulling his country back from the crumbling precipice of rebellion and chaos.  Set against the luminous backdrop of late 18th-century Stockholm, as the winds of revolution rage through the great capitals of Europe, The Stockholm Octavo brings together a collection of characters both fictional and historical whose lives tangle in political conspiracy, love, and magic in a breathtaking debut that will leave readers spellbound.

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From Ron Charles’s review (4 December 2012) for The Washington Post:

Engelmann lived in Sweden for almost 10 years and worked as an art director for Ikea, which you might see reflected in her story’s careful attention to design. No sepia tones for these 200-year-old scenes. Every room here vibrates with color. Even a relatively modest shop, for instance, “was painted in broad horizontal stripes of cheery lemon and cream, and the white crown moldings were like sculpted meringue oozing against the ceiling.” And Engelmann is just as captivating with the gorgeous outfits these people don to entertain and impress one another at a time when clothing was a strict marker of class and status. The antique etchings sprinkled throughout these pages are a nice touch, too . . .

Exhibition | Living in Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on May 24, 2013

From The Met:

Living in Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design from the Collection of Drawings and Prints
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 18 June – 8 September 2013


Jean Démosthène Dugourc, Wall Elevation of a Salon, ca. 1780. Pen and ink and watercolor; sheet: 9 x 6 3/4 inches (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Interior design is often thought of as a modern, post-industrial concept, but sculpting our domestic environment became an art form in its own right much earlier. Renowned and highly paid artists from a wide array of disciplines were often involved in the creation and manipulation of living spaces that would meet or even exceed the wishes of their patrons.

Made singlehandedly or by an interpreter in various stages of the manufacturing process, many features of artists’ designs have been captured on paper. This exhibition combines drawings, prints, and objects from all over Europe and the United States as they were collected by the Metropolitan Museum over a period of more than a hundred years. It highlights the ingenuity, beauty, and wit often found in designs for the decorative arts, and follows the dynamic development of shapes, ornaments, and materials alternately governed by issues of comfort, theory, and aesthetics.

At Mallett | Great English Furniture

Posted in Art Market, exhibitions by Editor on May 23, 2013

As noted at ArtDaily (the brochure from Mallett is available as a PDF here) . . .

Great English Furniture
Mallett, London, 21 May — 1 June 2013

cabinetA major exhibition of English furniture which has been in important American private collections for many years is to be held by Mallett, one of the world’s leading antique dealers, at Ely House, 37 Dover Street, London W1 from 21 May to 1 June 2013. Great English Furniture will celebrate the skills of some of the best furniture makers in history and also provide an opportunity for collectors to buy pieces which have not been on the market for at least a quarter of a century.

Highlights of the exhibition will include a magnificent Master’s Chair, probably made for an anti-French society in the 18th century and one of only two known examples, an exceptional giltwood trophy attributed to Sefferin Nelson and made for the Prince Regent’s opulent home at Carlton House in London, a rare William and Mary cocus wood cabinet and an elaborately carved Chippendale period carved giltwood mirror. The majority of the pieces in the exhibition are 18th century and have been sourced by Mallett from private collections in the United States.

chairOne of the most fascinating pieces in the exhibition is a rare George II Master’s Chair, almost certainly made for the Anti-Gallican Society, founded in 1745 when Britain and France were at war. “For our Country,” the motto of the Society, is inlaid on the imposing walnut armchair, which is almost six feet high. It would have been made ca. 1750 for use in a dining club of the Anti-Gallican Society, which aimed to deter what it called “the insidious arts of the French nation.” Like many 18th-century clubs, its members combined the pursuit of convivial pleasure with promoting a cause – in this case opposing French influence and Anglo-French trade. The chair has broad sloping shoulders ornamented with carved and gilt acanthus and scroll-shaped terminals. The arms end in finely carved lions’ masks. The only other such chair known is in the collection of Temple Newsam, the great country house near Leeds. The price of this rare and historic chair will be in the region of £125,000.

Another highlight of the Mallett exhibition with a fascinating history is an exceptional giltwood trophy, representing the victory of peace over war, attributed to Sefferin Nelson ca. 1795. Nelson worked at Carlton House, the London residence of the Prince Regent, later George IV, as a carver gilder and frame maker. Henry Holland, the architect who turned the house into a palatial home for the heir to the throne, designed a set of giltwood trophies for the throne room at Carlton House. He commissioned them from the famous marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre, who had the order completed by Nelson. Four of these trophies are now in the throne room at Buckingham Palace, where most of the contents of Carlton House were taken after the latter’s demolition in 1825. These are of the same dimensions and decorated with similar carvings and motifs to the one in the exhibition at Mallett. It will be priced in excess of £100,000.

Great English Furniture will also include a very rare William and Mary cocus wood cabinet on a stand, made in England ca. 1700. This oyster-veneered cabinet has a rectangular top above a moulded cornice and a pair of doors enclosing a fitted interior. Inside are two drawers around a central door with a row of pigeonholes on top. The whole piece stands on barley-twist turned legs joined by a waved stretcher and ending in bun feet. The cabinet will be on sale for more than £100,000.

A fine Chippendale period carved giltwood mirror will be another highlight of the exhibition. The elaborately carved mirror of Rococo design, made in England ca. 1765, has a central cartouche with foliate C-scrolls and bell flowers, elaborately pierced with an unusual double-layered cresting, flanked by hoho birds. This will also be priced in excess of £100,000. A fine Queen Anne double back walnut settee of rich colour and patination made in England ca. 1720 and a rare late 17th-century William and Mary desk decorated with ‘seaweed’ marquetry inlay, primarily in holly, are among the many other magnificent examples of furnituremakers’ art in the exhibition. Both will be on sale for a price in the region of £50,000.

Note (added 13 July 2013): The Master’s Chair sold at Masterpiece London (27 June — 3 July 2013) , as reported here»

Conference | Collecting Nature

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on May 22, 2013

From the program for the Collecting Nature conference:

Collecting Nature
Kloster Irsee, Swabia, Germany, 24-27 May 2013

Organized by Sylvia Heudecker and Andrea Gáldy

Screen shot 2013-05-21 at 4.34.41 PMResearch in the history of collecting has often focused on collections of works of art and artefacts, even though the mediaeval and early modern kunst- and wunderkammern harboured both artificialia and naturalia from their very inception. In fact, some of the keenest collectors of art and antiquities, such as Cosimo I de’ Medici or the Saxon electors, were particularly renowned for their interest in the natural sciences, including geography, botany, and zoology. What started as a mass of curiosities – e.g. prepared animals, skeletons, minerals, and metal ore – soon was transformed into an insatiable quest for knowledge that was furthermore fanned by the age of exploration and the exploitation of far-away countries. Papers in this conference will focus on the intersection between the history of collecting and the history of science, while not forgetting the monastic or courtly context of provenance and display.

Irsee is a particularly interesting venue for in the eighteenth century Pater Eugen Dobler had set up a much admired bird cabinet. Although no trace of this cabinet remains, the room itself still exists and will be used for the conference’s academic sessions. International scholars will be presenting, the conference language is English.

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6.00  Evening reception plus short introduction to the conference

Susanne Formanek (Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens, Vienna), Collecting and Displaying Nature in Early Modern Japan

7.30  Dinner

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9.00  Andrea Gáldy and Sylvia Heudecker, Welcome

‘Naturalia’ and ‘Sculpture’ after Nature

• Rachel King (Pinakothek und Nationalmuseum, Munich), Collecting Nature within Nature: Animal Inclusions in Amber in Early Modern Collections
• Lisa Skogh (Stockholms Universitet), Bergwerke and Handsteine in the Royal Swedish Collections, 1654–1720
• Discussion

10.30  Coffee / Tea

• Angelica Groom (The Open University, Milton Keynes), Animal Collecting at the Medici Court in Florence: Real, Stuffed and Painted Beasts as Evidence of Shifting Values in the Display and Conceptualisation of the Zoological ‘Other’
• Virginie Spenlé (Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich), Casting from Nature: Wenzel Jamnitzer’s Metal Works for
Kunst- and Wunderkammern
• Discussion

12.30  Lunch

Nature and Naturalia Indoors

• Marcell Sebők (Central European University, Budapest), Wonders on the Walls: Visual Presentations and Displaying Nature and Knowledge in Early Modern Private Collections
• Giada Damen (Princeton University), Collecting and Cataloguing Art and Nature in a Venetian Palazzo
• Discussion

3.30  Coffee / Tea

• Ivo Raband (Universität Bern), An Archducal Collection in Brussels: Archduke Ernest of Austria and His Collecting Ambitions
• Shep Krech III (Brown University, Providence), Catesby’s Birds
• Discussion

7.00  Dinner

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9.00  Optional tour of Kloster Irsee

10.15  Optional Roman Catholic Mass

The Display of Naturalia: Libraries and Wunderkammern

• Barbara Tramelli (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte), Nature and Grotesques: Pirro Visconti Borromeo and the Collection in His Villa of Lainate
• Inga Elmqvist Söderlund (Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University), Scientific Instruments in the Ideal Early Modern Library
• Discussion

12.30  Lunch

• Miriam H. Kirch (University of North Alabama, Florence), A Princely Plant Collector in Renaissance Germany
• Joy Kearney (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), Ornithology in the Dutch Golden Age: Captured Specimens and the Collecting of Exotica
• Discussion

3.30  Break

• Iordan Avramov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia), The Correspondence of Henry Oldenburg and Circulation of Objects at the Early Royal Society of London, 1660–1677
• Anne Harbers (University of Sydney), Carl Linnaeus and the Natural History Collections of Lovisa Ulrika of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace
• Discussion

5.00  Coffee / Tea

5.30  Keynote Speech — Dornith Doherty (University of North Texas, Denton), Archiving Eden

7.00  Dinner

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Visit to the Südsee Museum, Obergünzburg and Kloster St Ottilien (Missions Museum) with lunch at the St Ottilien Biergarten

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Tour of the Museum of the Abbey Ottobeuren in the morning

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