Conference | Leonardo in Britain: Collections and Reception

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on February 26, 2016

From the conference programme:

Leonardo in Britain: Collections and Reception
Birkbeck College, The National Gallery, The Warbug Institute, London, 25–27 May 2016

1962-1This conference explore the important role and impact of Leonardo’s paintings and drawings in key British private and public collections. With a focus on the reception of Leonardo in Britain, this conference also looks at the broader British context of the reception of his art and science by addressing selected manuscripts and the first English editions of his Treatise on Painting, as well as historiographical approaches to Leonardo.

Initially conceived as a collaborative project between the late Romano Nanni, former director of the Biblioteca Leonardiana, Vinci and Juliana Barone at Birkbeck College, University of London, the conference has developed into a wider collaboration between these two institutions and the National Gallery, the Warburg Institute, London, and the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence. The conference has received support from the Paul Mellon Centre, the British Museum, and the Leonardo da Vinci Society, London.

Each day of the three-day conference will be held at the different partner institutions:
25 May: Birkbeck College, free admission (book tickets)
26 May: The National Gallery, £55/£48 senior citizens/£45 members and Leonardo da Vinici Society members/£28 students
27 May: The Warburg Institute, £15

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W E D N E S D A Y ,  2 6  M A Y  2 0 1 6

4.45  Registration

5.15  Welcome and introduction: Juliana Barone (Birkbeck College) and Susanna Avery-Quash (National Gallery)

5.30  Martin Kemp (Oxford University) – ‘Spinning a yarn or two: Leonardo’s two matching Madonnas’

6.30  Drinks

T H U R S D A Y ,  2 6  M A Y  2 0 1 6

10.00  Registration

10.30  Welcome and introduction: Juliana Barone (Birkbeck College) and Susanna Avery-Quash (National Gallery)

10.45  Panel 1: Drawings Collections
• Martin Clayton (Royal Collection Trust, Windsor) – ‘The ‘Windsor’ Leonardos after Arundel’
• Jacqueline Thalmann (Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford) – ‘Leonardo in the collection of General John Guise (1682–1765)’
• Hugo Chapman and Sarah Vowles (British Museum, London) – ‘Leonardo drawings in Bloomsbury and beyond’

12.45  Lunch break

1.45  Panel 2: Originals, Versions, and Copies
• Carmen Bambach (The Metropolitan Museum, New York) – ‘The St Anne Burlington cartoon: Function, provenance and dating’
• Caroline Campbell and Larry Keith (National Gallery) – ‘Some observations on the provenance and conservation history of the London Virgin of the Rocks
• Pietro Marani (Università Cattolica, Politecnico, Milan) – ‘Clarifications and novelties on the issue of the copy of the Last Supper at the Royal Academy and its reception in England in the first half of the 19th century’

3.45  Refreshment break

4.15  Panel 3: What Was Thought to Be a Leonardo?
• Margaret Dalivalle (Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford University) – ‘Said to be of Leonard de Vincia: Or out of his Scoule: Appraising Leonardo in 17th-century England’
• Susanna Avery-Quash (National Gallery) – ‘Sir Charles Eastlake at the National Gallery (1843–1865): Towards a clearer picture of Leonardo as an artist’

F R I D A Y ,  2 7  M A Y  2 0 1 6

10.00  Registration

10.10  Welcome and introduction: Juliana Barone (Birkbeck College) and Susanna Avery-Quash (National Gallery)

10.15  Panel 4: Leonardo on Art and Science
• J. V. Field (Birkbeck College) – ‘Leonardo’s after-life in the world of new philosophy’
• Domenico Laurenza (Museo Galileo, Florence) –‘Leonardo’s science in 17th- and 18th-century England: The Codices Leicester, Arundel, and Huygens’

11.30  Refreshment break

12.00  Panel 5: Around the Treatise on Painting
• Juliana Barone (Birkbeck College) – ‘The Treatise on Painting: British collectors’ manuscript copies and the first English printed edition’
• Harry Mount (Oxford Brookes, Oxford) – ‘Leonardo’s Treatise and the empirical undertow in British art theory’

1.15  Lunch (provided)

2.15  Panel 6: Teaching and Theoretical Knowledge
• Charles Saumarez Smith (Royal Academy, London) – ‘Leonardo’s legacy in London: The teaching programme at the Royal Academy’
• Francesco Galluzzi (Accademia Belle Arti, Carrara) – ‘Alexander Cozens, Leonardo da Vinci and landscape painting in England between the 18th and 19th centuries’

3.30  Refreshment break

4.00  Panel 7: Re-reading Leonardo
• Francesca Fiorani (University of Virginia, Virginia) – ‘Kenneth Clark’s Leonardo’
• Alessandro Nova (Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence) – ‘John Shearman’s Leonardo’
• Claire Farago (University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado) – ‘Re-reading Richter and MacCurdy in conversation with Carlo Pedretti: Lessons in translation’

5.30  Concluding remarks

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