New Book | French Bronze Sculpture: Materials and Techniques

Posted in books by Editor on February 2, 2014

Published by Archetype and available from ACC Distribution:

David Bourgarit, Jane Bassett, Francesca Bewer, Geneviève Bresc-Bautier, Philippe Malgouyres, and Guilhem Scherf, eds., French Bronze Sculpture: Materials and Techniques, 16th–18th Century (London: Archetype Publications, 2014), 256 pages, ISBN: 978-1909492042, £65 / $140.

imageThe papers in this volume examine the origins and cross-fertilization of ideas and technology related to the making of bronzes in France between the Renaissance and the 18th century from the perspectives chronology, geography and typology. The production of specific sculptors and founders, or of specific works of art are considered in terms of the technology, the documentation of both the processes and the persons involved e.g. sculptors, founders, merchants, etc. and how these may have impacted the stylistic and technical outcome.

Also presented are state-of-the-art research methods and their application to multi-disciplinary studies—including historical and archeological investigations, analytical studies of materials (e.g. metal, core and patina), as well as experimental reconstructions of metallurgical processes.


Part 1: From Primaticcio to Houdon

I.1 Francesco Bordoni: spécificités techniques chez un sculpteur-fondeur du 17e siècle D. Bourgarit , G. Bresc, F. Bewer

I.2 Barthélemy Prieur fondeur, son atelier, ses méthodes de travail R. Seelig, F. Bewer, D. Bourgarit

I.3 De Dame Tholose au Mercure volant: fondre en Languedoc aux 16e et 17e siècles P. Julien, A. de Beauregard

I.4 Casts after the antique by Hubert Le Sueur J. Griswold, C. Hess, J. Bassett, G. Bresc, M. Bouchard, R. Harris

I.5 Keller et les autres: les fondeurs des jardins de Versailles ou les cent-un bronzes de Louis XIV A. Maral, A. Amarger, D. Bourgarit

I.6 Keller and his alloy: copper, some zinc and a little bit of tin J.-M. Welter

I.7 Jean-Antoine Houdon: sculptor and founder J. Bassett, G. Scherf

Part 2: Small castings and multiples

II.1 The Dresden bronze of the Bath of Apollo: a model, not a copy F. Moureyre, U. Peltz

II.2 Les bronzes décoratifs à Paris autour de 1700: A propos des groupes de François Lespingola Ph. Malgouyres

II.3 Bronzes Dorés: A technical approach to examination and authentication A. Heginbotham

II.4 A Prussian manufactory of gilt bronzes à la française: Johann Melchior Kambly (1718–84) and the adoption of Parisian savoir-faire T. Locker

II.5 Les mortiers, objets méconnus des bronziers français B. Bergbauer

Part 3: Casting techniques: transmission and evolution

III.1 Casting Sculpture and Cannons in Bronze: Jehan Barbet’s Angel of 1475 in The Frick Collection J. Day, D. Allen

III.2 The cut-back core process in late 17th- and 18th-century French bronzes J. Bassett, F. Bewer

III.3 Témoins archéologiques d’un atelier de bronzier travaillant à Saint-Denis à la fin du 16e siècle O. Meyer, N. Thomas, M. Wyss

III.4 The Foundry at the Hippodrome: a French foundry for monumental sculpture in Stockholm around 1700 L. Hinners

III.5 Boffrand’s and Mariette’s descriptions of the casting of Louis XIV and Louis XV on Horseback A.-L. Desmas

III.6 Cire perdue moule carapace: à travers les recherches et les réalisations de la fonderie de Coubertin J. Dubos

Conference | Hanover and England: German and British Garden Culture

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on February 2, 2014

From the symposium programme:

Hanover and England: A Garden and Personal Union?
German and British Garden Culture between 1714 and Today
Leibniz Universität Hannover, 26–27 February 2014

Registration due by 14 February 2014

When George I, Elector of Hanover, was enthroned in England in 1714 he established a personal union that existed until 1837 leaving many cultural and political marks. Its 300th anniversary will be celebrated in the conference Hanover and England: a garden and personal union? German and British garden culture between 1714 and today. The symposium will not only focus on questions of garden history but also consider furthermore the contemporary background on which ideas on art, agriculture, commerce, technology, literature and politics were

In view of the encyclopaedic interest of the late 18th century, it is self-evident to invite several academic disciplines to describe and to discuss the cultural transfer between Great Britain and Hanover. The transfer of horticultural and artistic ideas very often flourished in the 19th century at different places. This gives reason to focus the conference on two key parts: the Hanoverian-British exchange between 1714 and 1837 (the period of the actual personal union) and the Anglo-German relations that open perspectives even into the present age.

In cooperation with the Technische Universität Dresden and funded by Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur. The symposium will be conducted in English. Registration information is available online.

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W E D N E S D A Y ,  2 6  F E B R U A R Y  2 0 1 4
Hanover and England: The Period of the Personal Union, 1714–1837

Welcome and Introduction
10.00  Klaus Hulek (Vice-President for Research, Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Simon McDonald (British Ambassador to Germany)
Stefan Schostok (Lord Mayor of Hannover)
Annette Schwandner (Ministry of Science and Culture, Lower Saxony)
10.30 Marcus Köhler (Hochschule Neubrandenburg, TU Dresden) and Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

I. Historical Introduction
11.00  Arndt Reitemeier (Universität Göttingen, Institut für Historische Landesforschung), “The personal union”

II. Arts, Architecture and Environment
11.30  Wolf Burchard (Royal Collection), “Art in Britain during the reign of George I and George II”
12.00  David Jacques (Stoke-on-Trent), “The Early Georgians and the controversy of garden styles”

III.  Agricultural Economy and Landscape Design
12.30  Hansjörg Küster (Leibniz Universität Hannover), “Reform in the time of the personal union”

13.00  Discussion

13.15  Lunch break

IV. Botany
14.15  Sophie von Schwerin (Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil), “For pleasure and science: On the connection between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Berggarten in Herrenhausen”
14.45  Clarissa Campbell Orr (Anglia Ruskin University), “Mary Delany and Queen Charlotte: The botanizing court”
15.15  John R. Edmondson (Hon. Research Associate, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), “Foreign herbs surpriz’d in English ground: The life and work of Georg D. Ehret (1708–1770)”

V. Water Art / Technology
15.45  Bernd Adam (Hannover), “The Great Fountain and English innovations in Hanover”

16.15  Discussion

16.30  Coffee Break

VI. Iconography and Garden Art
17.00  Michael Niedermeier (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften), “The German Kinship: Politics and Dynasty in the early ‘English’ garden”
17.30  Carsten Neumann (Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald), “The house Bothmer in Klütz: An English-Dutch manor in Mecklenburg”

18.00  Discussion

18.15  Break

19.00  Evening Lecture, in cooperation with the German Association for Garden Art and Landscape Culture (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gartenkunst und Landschaftskultur, DGGL)
James Hitchmough (University of Sheffield), “Landscape Architecture in early C21st Britain: Issues and challenges”

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T H U R S D A Y ,  2 7  F E B R U A R Y  2 0 1 4
Germany and England: Reflexion and Reception from 1837 until Today

I. Herrenhausen, Kensington and Hampton Court: History and Maintenance
9.00  Guided tour through the Herrenhausen Gardens by Ronald Clark and staff members

11.15  Coffee Break

II. Garden Preservation
11.45  Todd Longstaffe-Gowan (tlg-Landscape London), “The unaffected Englishness of Queen Caroline’s gardens at Kensington Palace”
12.15  Jonathan Finch (University of York), “Hunting and the Georgian Landscape: Exercising privilege”

III. Reception of Gardens
12.45  Gert Gröning (Universität der Künste Berlin), “Bio-aesthetic planning: A conjecture about an imperialistic garden cultural relation between the German Empire and independant India via the English Empire”

13.15  Discussion

13.30  Lunch Break

IV. Literature and Garden Travel
14.30  Sigrid Thielking (Leibniz Universität Hannover), “On the construct ‘English Gardens’: Perception and myth within garden literature”
15.00  Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn (Leibniz Universität Hannover), “Travels and knowledge: German apprenticeship in English gardens and the example of Hans Jancke”

V. Agricultural Economy und Landscape Design
15.30  Hubertus Fischer (Leibniz Universität Hannover), “House Söder as ornamental farm”

16.00  Discussion

VI. Closing Remarks
Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Marcus Köhler (Hochschule Neubrandenburg, TU Dresden)

Summer Institute | Digital Mapping and Art History

Posted in opportunities by Editor on February 2, 2014

Summer Institute on Digital Mapping and Art History
Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, 3–15 August 2014

Applications due by 3 March 2014

Middlebury College is pleased to invite applications for Fellows to participate in the first Summer Institute on Digital Mapping and Art History (August 3–15, 2014), generously sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Co-directed by Paul B. Jaskot (DePaul University) and Anne Kelly Knowles (Middlebury College), the Summer Institute will emphasize how digital mapping of art historical evidence can open up new veins of research in art history as a whole. All art historians of any rank (including graduate students, curators, or independent scholars) with a scholarly problem related to spatial evidence or questions are encouraged to apply.

Whether talking about the spreading influence of Rembrandt’s workshop, Haussmann’s Plan of Paris, the Roman Forum, the caves of Dunhuang, the views of Edo, the market for Impressionist painting, the looting of assets by Napoleon, the movement of craftsmen over the medieval pilgrimage road, or the current proliferation of art expos globally, art history is peppered with spaces, both real and imagined. As such, spatial questions are central to many art historical problems, and visualizing spatial questions of different physical and temporal scales is an intellectual and technical problem amenable to the digital environment. Building the capacity to think spatially in geographic
terms will carry an art historian a long way towards developing sophisticated questions and answers by exploiting the digital environment.

At the end of the two-week period, Fellows will have a grounding in the intellectual and historiographic issues central to digital humanities, basic understanding of the conceptual nature of data and the use of a database, an exposure to important examples of digital art history in the field, and a more in-depth study of one particular digital approach (GIS and the visualization of space). Graduating Fellows will have the vocabulary and intellectual foundation to participate in on-going digital humanities debates or other specialized digital humanities workshops while also gaining important practical and conceptual knowledge in mapping that they can begin to apply to as scholars and teachers.

Given this focus, our Institute will be ideal for those art historians who already have identified a spatial problem in their work. Note, though, that no prior knowledge or experience in digital humanities will be necessary or assumed for the application process. Naturally, general  awareness of the scholarly potential of the digital environment or mapping will be a plus. All geographies, time periods, and subareas of art history will be considered. For more information on the application process, is available here (PDF file). All materials must be sent electronically by March 3, 2014.

For questions, please contact the co-directors:
Paul B. Jaskot, pjaskot@depaul.edu; Anne Kelly Knowles, aknowles@middlebury.edu

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