Symposium | Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 25, 2014

Enlightened Princesses

Left: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Queen Caroline of Ansbach, when Princess of Wales (detail), 1716; center: Jean-Baptiste van Loo, Augusta, Princess of Wales (detail), 1742; right: Thomas Gainsborough, Queen Charlotte (detail), ca. 1781; all: Royal Collection/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014.

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From the symposium flyer:

Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte & the Shaping of the Modern World
Hampton Court Palace, London, 7–9 July 2014

This three-day international symposium, taking place at Hampton Court Palace and associated sites, brings together eminent academicians and museum scholars to examine the roles played by Queen Caroline of Ansbach; Augusta, Princess of Wales; and Queen Charlotte in the promotion of the arts and sciences in eighteenth-century Britain. The themes that will be addressed are pertinent to exhibitions scheduled to open in 2017 at the YCBA and in London. The princesses’ individual and collective interests in art, botany and gardens, natural philosophy and medicine, and the education of their children will be explored in relation to a dramatically changing social, political, and technological milieu, as will their roles in the encouragement of the British Enlightenment. The symposium is timed to take advantage of the period when various London institutions will be commemorating the anniversary of the Hanoverian Succession and aims to contribute in a major way to the general public discourse around that event.

The program includes two full days of lectures, themed panels, and special tours and events, followed by a day devoted to tours of two sites important in the lives of these royal women: Kew Palace and its gardens, and Kensington Palace. The fee for attending the conference is £100. Reductions are available for a limited number of students on application to the conference organizer. To register, visit the HRP website. Questions may be addressed to the conference organizer at ycba.research@yale.edu.

Co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art, Historic Royal Palaces, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London

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From the provisional schedule:

M O N D A Y ,  7  J U L Y  2 0 1 4

9:00  Arrival and coffee

9:30  Introduction
Amy Meyers, Yale Center for British Art
John Barnes, Historic Royal Palaces

9:45  Joanna Marschner, Historic Royal Palaces, Three German Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and Cultural Politics at the English Court in the Eighteenth Century

10:30  Break

10:45  Session 1: The Princesses and Their World
Chair: Amanda Vickery, Queen Mary, University of London
• Andrew Thompson, University of Cambridge, The Hanoverians: Crafting a New Dynasty
• Stephen Taylor, Durham University, Court Politics and Religion
• Berta Joncus, Goldsmiths, University of London, The Court, Music and Theatre
• Rosemary Harden, Fashion Museum, Bath, Dressing the Hanoverian Court

13:00 Lunch

14:00  Session 2: The Princesses’ Gardens and Architectural Projects
Chair: Michael Snodin, Strawberry Hill Trust
• Mark Laird, Harvard University, The Princesses’ Collecting and Display of Exotic Flora and Fauna
• Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, landscape historian, Royal Gardens: The Role of the Princesses
• Wolf Burchard, Royal Collection Trust, The Palaces of the Hanoverian Consorts
• Lee Prosser, Historic Royal Palaces, Kew and its Built Heritage

16:00  Tea

16:30  Board buses for London/Queen’s Gallery

18:00 Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, Tour of the Queen’s Gallery exhibition The First Georgians; Art and Monarchy 1714–1760

T U E S D A Y ,  8  J U L Y  2 0 1 4

9:00  Arrival and coffee

9:30  Clarissa Campbell Orr, Anglia Ruskin University, The Hanoverian Court and Europe

10:15  Break

10:30  Session 3: The Princesses’ Art and Other Collections
Chair: Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures
• Cassandra Albinson, Yale Center for British Art, Creating the Royal Image: Royal Princesses and Portraiture
• Cynthia Roman, Lewis Walpole Library, The Princesses in Print: Character and Caricature
Malcolm Baker, University of California, Riverside, Royal Sculpture Commissions
• John Goldfinch, British Library and Emma Jay, The National Archives, The Princesses and their Books
• Jane Roberts, formerly Librarian, Windsor Castle, Royal Collection Trust, The Princesses as Artists

13:00 Lunch

14:00  Session 4: Natural Philosophy and Medicine
Chair: Lucy Worsley, Historic Royal Palaces
• Kim Sloan, British Museum, The Role of the Court in the English Enlightenment
• Patricia Fara, Clare College, Cambridge, Royal Women and Natural Philosophy
• Craig Ashley Hanson, Calvin College, Royal Patronage and Medical Practices
• 4th Speaker TBD

16:00 Tea

17:00 Historic Royal Palaces Curators, Tour of the Queen’s Apartments, Hampton Court Palace

18:00 Drinks, reception, and concert with music from the Hanoverian Court

W E D N E S D A Y ,  9  J U L Y  2 0 1 4

9:00  Meet at speakers’ hotel for tours

10:00  Kensington Palace, Historic Royal Palaces Curators, Tour of King’s Apartments

12:00  Kew, Historic Royal Palaces Curators, Tour of Kew Palace and the Royal Kitchens

14:00  Close of symposium

L’Aquila: The Future of the Historical Center

Posted in graduate students, opportunities by Editor on April 25, 2014

From the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz:

L’Aquila: The Future of the Historical Center, A Challenge for Art History
Summer School of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut
Florence, 8–15 September 2014

Applications due by 25 May 2014

Concept and organization: Carmen Belmonte, Elisabetta Scirocco and Gerhard Wolf

The devastating earthquake that struck L’Aquila on 6 April 2009 created a major rupture in the social and cultural history of the city. After dealing with the immediate aftermath of the natural disaster through the construction of the so-called ‘New Towns’, the necessity of securing the city’s buildings has paralyzed the historical center. Today, ongoing restorations are accompanied by a lively debate, requiring the expertise of specialists from various disciplines. It is crucial that art historians participate in the discussions on the complex issues of reconstruction, restoration, and preservation, that are deciding how to return the city to its citizens and to ensure the survival of its monumental heritage.

The KHI summer school invites young art historians and scholars from neighboring disciplines to discuss the future of historic centers, focusing particularly on the critical as well as the ethical roles of art history. The case of L’Aquila provides an opportunity to reflect broadly upon the effect of natural disasters on civic life and cultural heritage and its management.

Located on site, the summer school will take a diachronic approach to the study of the city of L’Aquila, both inside and outside the walls, beginning with its medieval foundation as a free ‘civitas’ disputed by popes and emperors, through Spanish rule, up to the urban transformations of the Fascist period. Located in a strategic position on the ‘Via degli Abruzzi’, L’Aquila has long been a market town; its main raw materials, wool and saffron, reached the markets of northern Italy and beyond the Alps. The city of L’Aquila serves as a shrine that houses the bodies of Pope Celestine V and Bernardino of Siena. Throughout its history, the city has therefore been a place of exchange, a center of culture and artistic patronage, and an important pilgrimage site beginning with the institution of the plenary indulgence in 1294 at Collemaggio.

The close study of the historical city, its urban structure, its works of art, and its dispersed and decontextualized collections, together with an awareness of the dynamics of destruction and reconstruction of its cultural heritage, will call attention to the future of L’Aquila and to the methodological questions related to the preservation of its past. What techniques and methodologies allow mediation between aesthetic and historical values? Is it possible to find a balance between the protection of heritage and the needs of the citizens of L’Aquila; between the desire for change and the impulse to return to the forms of the past? Issues such as reconstruction, integration, and authenticity versus fake are central topics to be addressed. (more…)

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