Symposium | Allan Ramsay: A Reputation Re-Defined

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on November 9, 2013

From the symposium programme (a full list of related events is available here) . . .

Allan Ramsay: A Reputation Re-Defined
University of Glasgow, The Hunterian Art Gallery, 5–6 December 2013

media_284845_enThis symposium accompanies the exhibition Allan Ramsay: Portraits of the Enlightenment, which marks 300 years since the birth of Allan Ramsay (1713–1784). It centres on a selection of portraits from across Ramsay’s 30 years as a painter and also features drawings, watercolours, books, pamphlets,  and other materials which demonstrate Ramsay’s fascinating place in the intellectual and cultural life of Edinburgh, London, Paris and Rome in the mid 18th century.

Registration fee: £40 Concession: £20. Booking requested by the 1st of December. Fees cover exhibition admission, the evening reception on the 5th of December, tea/coffee, lunch, and performance with a glass of wine on the 6th of December. Payment to be made by cheque (to ‘University of Glasgow’) or by cash on the day. For booking and further information please contact Mila Athayde (mila_athayde@yahoo.com.br); alternatively please visit The Hunterian website or contact the main reception on 00 44 (0)141 330 5431.

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T H U R S D A Y ,  5  D E C E M B E R

17.45  Duncan Macmillan, Allan Ramsay and Portraiture in Enlightenment Scotland

F R I D A Y ,  6  D E C E M B E R

9.30  Registration / Tea and coffee

10.00  Murray Pittock, ‘Jacobite Artists’ Connections in Scotland and Italy

10.40  Morning Session
Chair: Nigel Leask / Panel with Rhonda Brown and Melanie Buntin
Chris Whatley (University of Dundee), A Hotbed for Genius: Allan Ramsay’s Scotland
Elizabeth Eger (King’s College London), ‘A Harmony of Minds’: Allan Ramsay, Elizabeth Montagu and the Scottish Enlightenment
Cristina Martinez (University of Carleton), Allan Ramsay: ‘A Dilettante in Law and Politics’

12.40  Lunch

14.15  Afternoon Session
Chair: John Bonehill / Panel with Anne Dulau, Rica Jones
Rica Jones (conservator and historian of paintings), The Significance of Ramsay’s Technique in Context and Perspective
Guillaume Farroult (Musée du Louvre), Ramsay’s Response to Mid Eighteenth-Century French Portraiture and Aesthetic Values

15.30  Tea and coffee

16.00  Panel discussion

17.00  Performance | Kirsten McCue, ‘Allan Ramsay’s Scots Songs’: The First Musick Book

Call for Papers | American Association for Italian Studies, 2014

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 9, 2013

From the Italian Art Society:

2014 American Association for Italian Studies Conference
University of Zürich, 23–25 May 2014

Proposals due by 5 December 2013

For the first time, the American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) will hold its annual conference outside of North America and Italy. Switzerland is an ideal location: it is the only country, outside of the peninsula, where Italian is the national language. The Italian Art Society is glad to sponsor three sessions: two sessions treating photography and one treating early modern architecture. We welcome your paper abstracts.

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Maestri ticinesi, magistri grigioni: Swiss-Italian Architects and Craftsmen in Early Modern Europe
Organizer: Susan Klaiber (Winterthur, Switzerland)

The Italian-speaking regions of early modern Switzerland exported significant expertise in the building trades throughout Europe. These émigré architects, builders, and craftsmen such as stuccatori worked for courts, monasteries, and other patrons in present-day Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and elsewhere. While often well-studied by scholars in both Switzerland and the respective regions of migration, international awareness of such careers generally remains low, with notable exceptions such as Francesco Borromini.  Taken
collectively, though, Swiss-Italian architects and craftsmen played important roles as agents of cultural transfer with their itinerant careers in early modern Europe. These figures include Domenico Fontana, Carlo Maderno, and Carlo Fontana in Rome; Enrico Zuccalli and Giovanni Antonio Viscardi in Bavaria; and Giovanni Battista Quadro in Poland.

The scholarly literature on such men is as rich yet dispersed as the architectural culture they embody. Representative publications include, in Italian, the exhibition catalogue Il giovane Borromini (1999), and books by Tommaso Manfredi (2008) and Marcello Fagiolo (ed., 2008); works in German by Sabine Heym (1984), Max Pfister (1991), and Michael Kühlenthal (ed., 1997); or several publications in Polish and Italian by Mariusz Karpowicz. Many of these studies are only available regionally. This session aims to break down these geographic and linguistic barriers and move toward a comprehensive view of  the work of the ‘maestri ticinesi’ and ‘magistri grigioni’ with a comparative transnational approach. The session welcomes papers on any aspect of Swiss-Italian involvement in the building trades anywhere in Europe, ca. 1400-1800. Preference will be given to papers highlighting ties of workers (dynasties, networks), designs, techniques, or materials to Switzerland. Please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio to Susan Klaiber, sklaiber@bluewin.ch, by December 5, 2013.

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