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Call for Papers | Towards a Cultural History of the Decorator

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on February 13, 2016

From H-ArtHist:

Towards a Cultural History of the Decorator, 18th–20th Centuries
Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, 7–8 October 2016

Proposals due by 1 April 2016

Organized by the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art and Les Arts Décoratifs, this symposium will propose a reevaluation of the traditional history of Western styles from the late 18th to the late 20th century by examining the figure of the interior decorator. While the historiography has mostly focused on the logical chain of formal and technical innovations and the notion of avant-garde, this symposium will highlight the socio-economical context in which the work of the decorator was rooted. This approach sheds new light on the visual culture of certain generations or social groups at a specific moment in time. It also helps shape the definition of notions such as the collective gaze (oeil collectif) or visual tolerance, still under-studied, and provides clues to understanding the alternation of over-furnishing and soberness. This approach may also explain the numerous variations regarding, for example, the intensity of colour and light, or the occupation of space.

To contribute to this cultural history of the interior decorator, this symposium will give priority to trans-historical and interdisciplinary proposals over monographic approaches. Proposals which fit into one of the themes detailed below will retain our attention:

1. Identity of the Decorator
The decorator is generally associated with the figure of the architect in the 18th century, with the upholsterer in the 19th century, and the ensemblier in the 20th century. This session’s aim is to analyze and perhaps reconsider these categories.

2. Spaces
This will be the opportunity to think about the complex relationship between the decorator and the various spaces in which s/he works (public/private space, scenography, etc.).

3. Diffusion of the Work of the Decorator
This session will examine the numerous means available for the decorator to diffuse and promote his/her work. From pattern books to magazines, how have these media brought to light the decorator’s work? To which extent can the descriptions found in literature inform his/her work?

4. Fashion-Maker or Follower?
If the work of the decorator seems to epitomize the tastes of a class or a social category at a specific moment in history, the relationships between the decorator and the patron needs to be further examined in order to evaluate their respective role and responsibility in the
creation and diffusion of a trend.

The papers will be given either in French or English. Proposals in French or English, about 2000 characters (including spaces) should be sent by April 1st 2016 to the following persons:
philippe.thiebaut@inha.fr
etienne.tornier@inha.fr
sebastien.quequet@lesartsdecoratifs.fr

New Book | Antonio Bonazza e la scultura veneta del Settecento

Posted in books, exhibitions by Editor on February 13, 2016

Essays resulting from a study day held in October of 2013 in conjunction with the exhibition on Antonio Bonazza (1698–1763) were published last year by Scripta and are now available from Michael Shamansky (the exhibition was L’anima della pietra: Antonio Bonazza scultore del Settecento, on view at the Museo Diocesano di Padova, 2 May — 31 October 2013).

Carlo Cavalli and Andrew Nante, eds., Antonio Bonazza e la scultura veneta del Settecento: Atti della Giornata di studi, Padova, Museo Diocesano – Venerdì 25 Ottobre 2013 (Verona: Scripta, 2015), 208 pages, ISBN: 978-8898877416, $33.

5669447f7dea9Antonio Bonazza è esponente di spicco di una delle più operose famigliedi scultori del Settecento veneto: insieme al padre Giovanni eai fratelli Francesco e Tommaso ha lavorato in moltissime chiese diPadova e del territorio, oltre che nei giardini delle ville di campagna dinobili famiglie veneziane.Le sue opere si collocano spesso ben al di sopra del livello di quelle deisuoi contemporanei, e raggiungono esiti di eleganza e leggerezza tra ipiù alti della scultura veneta del Settecento.La giornata di studi, organizzata dal Museo Diocesano di Padova inoccasione dei 250 anni dalla morte dell’artista (12 gennaio 1763), è stata occasione per aggiornare il catalogo delle opere, precisare la cronologia, mettere a fuoco la personalità umana e artistica di Antonio e i suoi rapporti con quella del padre Giovanni e dei fratelli Francesco e Tommaso, indagare modelli e fonti visive ed esplorare le relazioni tra la sua arte e quella dei suoi contemporanei.

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I N D I C E

• Anrea Nante, ‘L’anima nella pietra’. Ricerca e valorizzazione per la scultura del Settecento veneto
• Simone Guerriero, Giovanni e Antonio Bonazza, eredità e invenzione
• Damir Tulić, Le opere dei Bonazza sulla costa orientale dell’Adriatico
• Paolo Goi, Sui Bonazza in Friuli Venezia Giulia
• Monica De Vincenti, Antonio Bonazza e l’ingresso della ‘scultura di costume’ nel giardino della villa veneta
• Massimo De Grassi, Tra suggestioni antiquarie e cinquecentismi: fonti visive di Antonio Bonazza
• Denis Ton, I Bonazza e la pittura veneta: interazioni e scambi
• Egidio Arlango e Monica Pregnolato, L’altare dell’Addolorata nella chiesa padovana dei Servi: lettura tecnica e materica di una ‘straordinaria invenzione’