New Book | The Sixtus Cabinet at Stourhead

Posted in books by Editor on March 16, 2015

Available from Philip Wilson and the National Trust (with a preview at Emile de Bruijn’s Treasure Hunt). . .

Simon Swynfen Jervis and Dudley Dodd, Roman Splendour, English Arcadia: The English Taste for Pietre Dure and the Sixtus Cabinet at Stourhead (London: Philip Wilson, 2015), 304 pages, ISBN: 978-1781300244, £45.

prodzoomimg12643At Stourhead in Wiltshire, the Palladian mansion contains an extraordinary Roman cabinet glittering with gilt-bronze mounts, semi-precious stones and elaborate architectural ornament. Its façade conceals over 125 more-or-less secret drawers. The cabinet was brought to Stourhead in 1740 by Henry Hoare ‘the Magnificent’, of the Hoare banking dynasty; he had purchased it in Rome as made for Pope Sixtus V, the great rebuilder, whose papacy, from 1585–90, coincided with the Spanish Armada. The superb quality of the ‘Sixtus Cabinet’ became apparent during restoration in 2006–7 and this prompted an investigation into its history.

This book commences with a comprehensive account of the insatiable English taste for Italian pietre dure, from the 16th to the 20th centuries, and follows with a survey of the Roman pietre dure industry, hitherto unjustly neglected by comparison with Florence. A description and stylistic analysis of the cabinet itself precedes a trail of detection which takes it back to Pope Sixtus’s Roman villa, and then explores its tortuous descent through the Pope’s family to sale in 1740. Henry Hoare’s grand tour and his purchase of the cabinet led to its installation in a cabinet room at Stourhead, surrounded by Old Masters and with a new pedestal of triumphal arch form, incorporating reliefs of Pope Sixtus and his Roman monuments. Later his great-nephew, Sir Richard Colt Hoare created a new cabinet room, with embellishments by Thomas Chippendale the Younger. Horace Walpole and William Beckford were among the admirers of the cabinet, the focus of this remarkably wide-ranging study of Italian and English artistry, patronage and taste.

Call for Papers | Altarpieces in the Ibero-American Context

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 16, 2015


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From the conference website:

O Retábulo no espaço Iberoamericano: forma, função e iconografia
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, UNL, Lisbon, 26–27 November 2015

Proposals due by 30 April 2015

O Instituto de História da Arte da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa encontra-se a organizar o I Simpósio de História da Arte—O Retábulo no espaço Iberoamericano: Forma, função e iconografia, que terá lugar na Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, a 26 e 27 de Novembro de 2015.

O Simpósio O Retábulo no espaço Iberoamericano: forma, função e iconografia pretende divulgar a recente investigação desenvolvida em Portugal, Espanha, Brasil, México, Uruguai, Perú e Colômbia. Neste encontro de carácter científico, a eleição das três vertentes de análise—forma, função e iconografia—constituirá o mote para a abordagem histórico-artística da arte retabular. Quem eram os artistas ou oficinas capazes de idealizar as imponentes ‘máquinas’ retabulares que adornam todo o espaço iberoamericano? Quais foram os principais mecenas e agentes do mercado artístico intervenientes na execução das obras? Que materiais estavam disponíveis para a conceção dos retábulos? Que leituras podemos construir perante a complexidade dos seus programas iconográficos? Por conseguinte, o debate contemplará a caracterização da dimensão arquitetónica, ornamental e simbólica do retábulo, procurando salientar as especificidades autóctones e as divergências sócio-culturais, a fim de aferir as transferências artísticas operadas durante o período compreendido entre os séculos XVI–XVIII. (more…)

Plans for a Reader on Eighteenth-Century Book Illustration

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 16, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We—Christina Ionescu and Leigh Dillard—are engaged in the planning stages of a reader on eighteenth-century book illustration that would encompass various traditions (English, French, German, Spanish, etc.). In order to best position the reader, we would be most grateful if those of you who work on book illustration (and perhaps also teach courses on the subject) could provide some feedback on our preliminary ideas. You could write to us directly (cionescu@mta.ca and Leigh.Dillard@ung.edu).

1) Would you use such a reader in a course? What type of course would you consider using it in? Would your library be interested in purchasing it?

2) Would you be interested in contributing a chapter? The deadline for submission of chapters will likely be December 2016.

3) Do you have any suggestions about its contents? Any specific texts that you believe should be included? Any translations of seminal texts that we should commission?

This is what is currently on our list:
• Relevant excerpts from nineteenth-century texts (Dibdin, the Goncourt brothers, etc.)
• Reprints and translations of key chapters from important 1980s/1990s studies on eighteenth-century book illustration (Edward Hodnett, Philip Stewart, etc.)
• Theoretical approaches to book illustration as it pertains to the chosen time frame (e.g. book illustration and word and image, book illustration and book history)
• The mechanics of book illustration (etching, woodcut, copperplate engraving, frontispieces, colour plates, etc.)
• Illustrators (Stothard, Marillier, Chodowiecki, Gravelot, Hogarth, Cochin, etc.)
• Genres (illustrated travelogues, gothic novels, sentimental fiction, erotica, etc.)
• Examples of eighteenth-century illustrated bestsellers (The Sentimental Journey, La Nouvelle Héloïse, etc.)
• Overviews by geographical region (illustration in England, France, Spain, etc.)

Many thanks,
Christina and Leigh

Christina Ionescu (Associate Professor of French, Mount Allison University)
Leigh Dillard (Assistant Professor of English, University North Georgia)

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Note (added 14 December 2016) — The call for proposals was advertised on the SHARP listserv.

Proposals are invited for the first installment in a multi-volume collection, titled A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Literary Illustration. The first volume is designed for students and established researchers seeking an introduction to approaches in this field; it can also be used for book illustration scholars seeking to extend their theoretical and methodological tool kit. Contributions should provide an introduction to pertinent theoretical terms and concepts, a practical demonstration, and suggestions for further reading. When possible, examples should be chosen from more than one national tradition. We invite proposals on the following topics to fill gaps in our existing commitments:

• Book illustration and consumer culture
• Book illustration and post-colonial theory
• Book illustration and fashion studies/costume studies
• Book illustration and visual rhetoric
• Book illustration and art history
• Book illustration and literary history

Please send 300–500 word proposals to Christina Ionescu (cionescu@mta.ca) and Leigh Dillard (leigh.dillard@ung.edu) by January 20, 2017. The deadline for the submission of completed chapters will be December 15, 2017.