Exhibition | Pompeii and Europe, 1748–1943

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on July 23, 2015

Now on view in Naples:

Pompeii and Europe, 1748–1943
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Naples, 27 May — 2 November 2015

Curated by Massimo Osanna

pompei_e_l_europa_1748_1943_mostra_presso_il_museo_archeologico_nazionale_di_napoli_2015Pompeii and Europe recounts the fascination that the archaeological site of Pompeii held for artists and the European imagination, from the start of excavations in 1748 to its dramatic bombing in 1943. The exhibition—devised by Massimo Osanna, the Superintendent for Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae—unfolds along a twofold route at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples and simultaneously at the Amphitheater in Pompeii, and joins the program of events planned for Expo Milano 2015 in importance and prestige.

The exhibition evokes the history of the Vesuvian city, an inexhaustible source of inspiration, in a constant comparison between the arts and the excavations; a dialogue between archaeologists and historians of art, architecture and literature, all called on to recount the unique story of the rediscovery of Pompeii.

Promoted by the Superintendency for Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae and the Directorate General of the Great Pompeii Project, with the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, the exhibition—organized by Electa with an exhibition installation by Francesco Venezia—is structured as a true journey, grand and complex, in which Antiquity enters into a dialogue with Modernity, and nature with the arts and archaeology.

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The catalogue is available in English from Artbooks.com:

Massimo Osanna, et al., Pompei and Europe, 1748–1943 (Milan: Electa, 2015), 350 pages, ISBN: 978-8891803627, $75.

Call for Papers | Transforming Topography

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on July 23, 2015

From The Paul Mellon Centre:

Transforming Topography
The British Library, London, 6 May 2016

Proposals due by 30 September 2015

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 1.09.19 PMThe British Library and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art are delighted to announce a call for papers for an international conference on transforming topography. The conference will be interdisciplinary in nature, and we invite contributions from art historians, architectural historians, map scholars, historians, cultural geographers, independent researchers, and museum professionals (including early-career) which contribute to current re-definitions of topography. We welcome contributions that engage with specific items from the British Library’s topographical collections and highlight the copious nuances that can be explored within topography, including, but not limited to:

  • Topography versus landscape: topography’s position within registers of pictorial representation
  • Topography’s boundaries with other forms of knowledge, such as antiquarianism
  • The role and identity of the artists and writers employed in producing topographical images and texts
  • Topographic techniques and conventions, repetitions in text and image
  • Patrons and collectors of topographical material: topography as a social and cultural practice, the circulation, use and display of these objects
  • Topography and the library, museum or gallery

Topography is an emerging and dynamic field in historical scholarship. The Paul Sandby: Picturing Britain exhibition of 2009/2010 (Nottingham, Edinburgh, London) and subsequent research has sought a redefinition of topography. Rather than seeing topographical art as marginal compared to the landscapes in oils or watercolours by the canon of ‘great artists’ or more imaginative and Sublime images, a growing number of scholars are embracing the historical study of images of specific places in their original contexts, sparking a lively debate around nationhood, identity, and cultural value, or what John Barrell describes as “the conflict and coexistence of the various…’stakeholders’ in the landscape and in its representation” (Barrell, Edward Pugh of Ruthin, 2013).

The British Library holds the world’s most extensive and important collection of British topographic materials, including George III’s King’s Topographical Collection, currently being re-catalogued. There are hundreds of thousands of images and texts, including unique compilations of prints and drawings, rare first editions, maps, extra-illustrated books, and handwritten notes across the collections: all of which exhibit the broad range of forms and subject matter which topographical material can take. Using the BL’s main online catalogue and typing in ‘George III, views’ will give you a taste of what is available, as will the entry for the British Library in M.W. Barley’s A Guide to British Topographical Collections (1974). The majority of topographic materials are not listed individually, so if you need help finding specific items please contact Alice Rylance-Watson, Research Curator, at Alice.Rylance-Watson@bl.uk.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words accompanied by a brief biography to: Ella Fleming, Events Manager, events@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk by 5.00pm on Wednesday 30 September 2015.

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