Exhibition | Paper Architectures

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on March 10, 2015
Filippo Juvarra, Premier projet pour la chapelle Saint Hubert à la Venaria Reale, Turin, vers 1716. Plume et encre brune, 15,9 x 31,3 cm, inv. CD 73 (Paris: Les Arts Décoratifs).

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From the Musée des Arts décoratifs:

Paper Architectures: Drawings from Piranesi to Mallet-Stevens
Architectures de Papier: Dessins de Piranèse à Mallet-Stevens

Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, 26 March — 21 June 2015

Curated by Basile Baudez

For the first time at the Musée Nissim de Camondo, in conjunction with the Salon du Dessin, the theme of which this year is architecture, the Musée des Arts décoratifs Graphic Arts Department is featuring a selection of its finest works. They give an idea of the wealth and diversity of architectural drawings, ranging from those that record a key phase in the creative process or a highly finished drawing for a client to a architectural ‘tableau’ painted for the Salon, a sketchbook fantasy or a visual compendium compiled for architectural students. Architectural drawings show the diversity of their purposes: the solving of a structural problem, the reinterpretation of archeological decoration, a description of an industrial process or the design of a garden. All these drawings, acquired or donated to the Musée des Arts décoratifs since its founding, plunge us into the heart of a strange, fascinating and highly varied world.

Call for Papers | Travellers and the Musical Imagination, 1500–1900

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 10, 2015

From H-ArtHist:

Travellers to Faraway Countries and the Musical Imagination on the Move, 1500–1900
Università del Salento, Lecce, 28–29 September 2015

Proposals due by 30 April 2015

International Musicological Society-Study Group on Musical Iconography

By the early sixteenth century, European encounters with faraway cultures had led to a new awareness of the cultural ‘other’ and of non-European musical cultures, which found its expression in the writings of travelers and scholars, in the imagination of visual artists, and in the rendering of ‘exotic’ features in musical compositions. Some of the images associated with this emerging awareness, may have been the result of firsthand experiences or eyewitness participation. Others, by contrast, represented mostly secondhand impressions, which despite pretensions of authenticity, partook in visual or auditory imaginary journeys whose details in many cases could have been triggered by learned traditions of literary culture. Quite often, depictions were far removed from the ‘original’; they were idealized and filtered through European sensibilities and according to models of the classical world; as such, iconographical patterns, once crystallized, could have been transmitted from author to author through centuries, thus further removing the received image from the original (if such original ever existed). Ultimately, the firsthand experience of distant cultures made possible the rise of a new sensitivity towards indigenous strands of music to be (re-) interpreted according to the patterns of colonialist imagination. In this context, a better understanding of the ‘constructedness’ of images is crucial for musical iconography.

We invite paper proposals for a two-day conference, which address the following topics, among others:
• Images of music in illustrated chronicles and travel accounts related to America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe (‘Grand Tour’)
• Visual references to foreign (exotic, oriental), indigenous (ethnic) and bucolic (pastoral) music in music treatises, emblematic literature, paintings, drawings, engravings, pictorial cycles to be found within aristocratic palaces and residences etc.
• Italian music and dance as viewed through the eyes of transalpine travellers and scholars
• Italian music (and related imagery) as a source of inspiration for composers
• Transmission, reception and circulation of pictorial topoi to be found in music historiography
• Processes of ‘othering’ vs. ‘assimilating’, ‘artistic’ vs. ‘ethnological’ approaches
• Exotic strands in the decoration of musical instruments

Abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers in English or Italian may be sent by 30 April 2015 to daniela.castaldo@unisalento.it

Scientific Committee
Daniela Castaldo (Local Organizer, Università del Salento)
Gabriela Currie (University of Minnesota)
Dinko Fabris (IMS President, Università della Basilicata)
Nicoletta Guidobaldi (Università di Bologna-Ravenna)
Björn R. Tammen (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna)