Call for Nominations | Top 100 British Art Books, 1600–1850

Posted in books by Editor on April 15, 2016


John Carter, View of the Library at Strawberry Hill, watercolour, 23.7 × 28.8 cm, from Horace Walpole, A Description of the Villa … at Strawberry-Hill (Strawberry Hill, 1784). The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

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The 100 Most Important Books for Understanding British Art, 1600–1850
Nominations due by 1 June 2016

As a cooperative initiative with Choice Magazine, the Historians of British Art (HBA) is working to assemble a list of the most important books for understanding British art produced between 1600 and 1850. The project, which will result in a bibliographic review essay for Choice, is particularly aimed at strengthening library holdings, and so nominations of studies broad in scope or significance are especially encouraged. In addition to studies of paintings, sculpture, and print culture, scholarship addressing country houses, gardens, decorative arts, patronage, and the history of exhibitions and collections for the period are welcome. Exhibition catalogues, historiographical studies, and works that situate British art within international contexts are also welcome. Books published within the past 10–20 years will anchor the final list, but nominations of titles from any period are eligible. Self-nominations are entirely appropriate. Don’t be shy. Nominate early and often!

Nominations may be submitted at the HBA website or emailed directly to HBA president, Craig Hanson, Top100BritishArtBooks@gmail.com. Nominations due by June 1.

Symposium | IFA and The Frick Host History of Art Symposium

Posted in conferences (to attend), graduate students by Editor on April 15, 2016

This weekend’s symposium includes two papers on the eighteenth century; the full program is available as a PDF file here. Details are also available from The Frick Collection.

A Symposium on the History of Art
The Institute of Fine Arts of New York University (Friday) and The Frick Collection (Saturday), 15–16 April 2016

Friday, 15 April, 3:20pm, “‘An Event Like a Ritual’: Representative Fictions in The Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull” Abigail Glogower, University of Rochester

Saturday, 16 April, 10:00am, “Seductive Surfaces in Anne Vallayer Coster’s Still Life with Seashells and Coral (1769)” Kelsey Brosnan, Rutgers University

Lecture | Basile Baudez on Color in Architectural Drawing

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François-Joseph Bélanger, An Elevation for the Projected Mill at Méréville, ca. 1786 (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2003)

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Basile Baudez (Paris-Sorbonne University), Histoire de la couleur dans le dessin d’architecture, XVIe–XIXe siècles / History of Color in Architectural Drawing, 16th–19th Centuries
Centre André Chastel, Paris, 11 May 2016

Architectural historians have focused on the history of drawing as one of project design tools.  By applying the methods of art history, this paper traces color as a key player in the long history of rivalry and exchange between European traditions in architectural drawing and practice.  While Italian Renaissance drawings were largely monochrome and developed their conventions under pressure from engravers, the seventeenth-century European situation is characterized by a contrast between a colorful German and Dutch world around architect-painters’ designs and a still largely monochrome tradition in Italy and England.  At the end of Louis XIV’s reign, French architects adopted a series of color conventions taken from the engineers, largely for informational purposes. In the middle of the eighteenth century, however, a color revolution took place, one in which a new generation of architects who were working alongside painters developed a wide chromatic range that was no longer limited to informing the worker but to persuading academic juries and gain commissions. This eighteenth-century French employment of color laid the foundation for Beaux-Arts architectural drawings in the first half of the nineteenth century, at a moment when English architectural drawings, too, adopted color in response to the English watercolor movement. Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 6:30–8:00pm, Galerie Colbert, 2 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, salle Ingres (2nd floor).

New Book | Órdenes y espacio: sistemas de expresion

Posted in books by Editor on April 15, 2016

From Artbooks.com:

Esther Alegre Carvajal and Consuelo Gómez López, Ordenes y espacio: sistemas de expresion de la arquitectura moderna, siglos XV–XVIII (Madrid: UNED, 2016), 311 pages, ISBN: 978-8436269970, 30€ / $58.

GR Órdenes y spacio 2Un recorrido por la arquitectura y el urbanismo europeos de la Edad Moderna nos muestra un lenguaje arquitectónico vinculado al Clasicismo, que con la articulación de los órdenes clásicos, sus normas y sus proporciones crea espacios arquitectónicos y urbanos para los usos culturales, ideológicos y políticos del momento. Con este encuadre es necesario centrarse en el estudio del lenguaje de los órdenes arquitectónicos y los debates teóricos que surgieron durante los siglos XV al XVIII; el proceso de configuración formal y simbólico del espacio arquitectónico y su interpretación historiográfica; la creación de tipologías arquitectónicas, la relación entre el edificio y su espacio urbano; cómo influyeron las fuentes impresas y su circulación en la configuración de tipologías y modelos espaciales, o la recepción y aplicación que tuvo el Clasicismo como un sistema arquitectónico válido en los diferentes territorios europeos.