New Book | Guide to the Sculpture in the Mansion House

Posted in books, catalogues by Editor on September 30, 2013

From Paul Holberton Publishing:

Julius Bryant, ‘Magnificent Marble Statues’: A Guide to the Sculpture in the Mansion House (London: Paul Holberton Publishing, 2013), 144 pages, ISBN: 978-1907372551, £20.

1235.mediumThe Mansion House, the palatial city residence of the Lord Mayor of London, is home to one of the capital’s finest collections of British sculpture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Forming part of the spectacular setting for official functions, as well as the background to busy offices and the home of the Lord Mayor and his family, the sculpture ranges from handsome chimneypieces and elaborate stuccowork wall decorations to heroic single statues of figures from British literature and history.

Described by the architectural historian Nicolaus Pevsner as “magnificent marble statues,” the sculptures are almost unknown to the general public. Their significance, however, is much greater than as an example of the changing fortunes of Victorian sculpture and of the fluctuating attitudes of the Corporation of London to art patronage. Taken as a whole, the sheer range and variety is exceptional. After the monuments in Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral and the galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Mansion House presents the most extensive permanent exhibition of British sculpture in London. It differs from these rival collections in the range of its sculpture, from Palladian chimneypieces carved by City stonemasons and virtuoso Rococo plasterwork by anonymous stuccadors to heroic ideal statues made to rival the greatest works from antiquity and the Renaissance.

The time has come for a fresh appreciation of these “magnificent marble statues.” The first book on the sculpture ever published, this beautifully illustrated study reveals the subjects of the sculptures, the stories behind the commissions and the importance of the artists themselves. New photography highlights the qualities of the individual sculptures in their historic settings. A unique insight to the challenges and delights of living, working and raising a family in Mansion House is given in an introductory essay by the Lady Mayoress, Clare Gifford. The sculptures and architecture are described by Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word and Image at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This beautifully produced new handbook provides a companion volume to The Harold Samuel  Collection, Dutch and Flemish Pictures at the Mansion House (Paul Holberton Publishing, 2012) by Michael Hall and Clare Gifford.


Fellowship | Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship at The Met

Posted in fellowships by Editor on September 30, 2013

The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Applications due by 15 October 2013

The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship allows emerging scholars to become fully integrated into a curatorial department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and conduct research on a specific pre-determined curatorial project. Projects are available in European Paintings, Modern and Contemporary Art, Islamic Art, Musical Instruments, or The Robert Lehman Collection. Alongside departmental curators and with guidance from a supervisor, fellows gain comprehensive training through exposure to a full range of curatorial work and opportunities to conduct scholarly research within the Museum. One Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial fellow will be selected for 2014–2016.

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree (or international equivalent) in art history or archaeology in a field related to one of the areas listed above and conferred within five years from the start date of the fellowship (between September 1, 2008, and September 1, 2013). The fellow will receive an annual salary of $50,392 plus research and travel expenses up to a maximum of $6,000 and fringe benefits.

Further information is available here»

Fellowships | Art History Fellowships at The Met

Posted in fellowships, graduate students by Editor on September 30, 2013

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art History Fellowships, 2014–15
Applications due by 1 November 2013

Art History Fellowships are offered for PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, and senior museum professionals interested in furthering their scholarly research within one  of the Museum’s curatorial departments. Working with supervisors and departmental staff, fellows are able to utilize the Museum’s collections as a way to expand their own research and dialogue about art in their field. Throughout their time at the Museum fellows may contribute to departmental projects that complement their research. They will also share their research at the spring fellows’ colloquia in which they give a brief presentation on their work in progress. All fellowships must take place between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015. The stipend amount for one year is $42,000 for senior fellows and $32,000 for pre-doctoral fellows, with up to an additional $6,000 for travel. Health care benefits are included.

Further information is available here»

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