Conference | The Staircase in Europe, 1450–1800

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on May 19, 2016

From H-ArtHist:

Rencontres européennes d’architecture
L’escalier en Europe: Formes, fonctions, décors, 1450–1800
Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, 9–11 June 2016

J E U D I ,  9  J U I N  2 0 1 6

9.30  Accueil des participants

9.45  Introduction

10.00  Première Session: La Renaissance (1)
Président : Jean Guillaume
• Krista de Jonge (Université de Leuven), « L’escalier  à la Renaissance : les anciens Pays-Bas revisités »
• Stephan Hoppe (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), « New standards of social climbing. Staircases in Rennaissance Germany »
• Renate Leggatt-Hofer (Federal Monuments Authority Austria-Bundesdenkmalamt, Wien), « Imperial staircase-architecture within the residences of Ferdinand Ist (1521–1564) : Some bold experiments »

13.30  Deuxième Session: La Renaissance (2)
Président : Alexandre Gady
• Marco Rosario Nobile (Università Palermo), « Scale a chiocciola « imperiali ». Due esempi a Malta e in Sicilia »
• Fernando Marias (universidad Complutense, Madrid), « Scala in Spania en longue durée : disegno e stereotomia »
• Nunos Sensos (universidad nova de Lisboa), « L’escalier au Portugal (XVe–XVIIIe s.) »
• Pascal Julien (université de Toulouse II), « Escaliers sculptés de la Renaissance française »

V E N D R E D I ,  1 0  J U I N  2 0 1 6

9.30  Troisième Session: Les temps modernes (1)
Président : Basile Baudez
• Gordon Higott (Historien de l’architecture), « Inigo Jones, Sir Christopher Wren et l’escalier en vis à jour central en Angleterre, 1616 – c.1720 »
• Konrad Ottenheym (Utrecht University), « Les escaliers monumentaux dans les palais XVIIe de la cour d’Orange »
• Richard Biegel (Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague), « L’escalier des temps modernes en Bohème ? »
• Daniela del Pesco (università Roma III), « Escaliers à Naples au XVIIIe siècle: les ‘scale aperte’ »

14.30  Quatrième Session: Les temps modernes (2)
Président : Emmanuel Lurin
• Christina Strück (Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Erlangen-Nurenberg), « Stagecraft and stairways. Monumental 17th- and 18th-century staircases in Germany »
• Jorge Fernandez-Santos (ETSA, Universidad San Jorge, Saragosse), « Les escaliers entre tradition et académie dans l’Espagne du XVIIIe siècle : un classicisme oblique ? »
• Stefano Piazza (Università di Palermo), « Les escaliers des palais siciliens du XVIIIe siècle »

S A M E D I ,  1 1  J U I N  2 0 1 6

9.30  Cinquième Session: études de cas
Président : Pascal Julien
• Guillaume Fonkenell (Musée national de la Renaissance, Ecouen), « Ecouen. Un château d’escaliers »
• Alexandre Gady (Paris-Sorbonne, Centre Chastel), « Du bon usage du vide central. Les escaliers de Versailles »
• Paolo Corniglia (Politecnico di Torino), « Des marches qui ne portent nulle part. Le grand escalier de Juvarra au palais royal inachevé de Rivoli »

12.00  Conclusions, par Claude Mignot

Fellowship | Ornamentation and Decoration, 1680–1750

Posted in fellowships by Editor on May 19, 2016

From H-ArtHist:

Ornamentation and Decoration: The Grammar of the Orders, the Rhetoric
of Opulence, the Appeal to the Eye at European Courts, 1680–1750
La Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura, Torino, January — December 2017

Applications due by 24 July 2016

The Study Program on the Age and the Culture of Baroque aims to promote research in this field of knowledge and to open up career opportunities to young scholars at academic and cultural institutions. Toward this end, the Foundation has launched from 2013 to 2016 a call for proposals to award fellowships on the Culture of Baroque for young Italian and foreign scholars 35 years old and younger. Now in its fourth edition, the program is currently accepting applications addressing the theme Ornamentation and Decoration: The Grammar of the Orders, the Rhetoric of Opulence, the Appeal to the Eye at European Courts, 1680–1750 (Ornamento e decorazione: La grammatica degli ordini, la retorica dell’opulenza, la piacevolezza dello sguardo nell’Europa delle Corti, 1680–1750).

Between the late 17th century and the first half of the 18th century, ornamentation and decoration become central at the Courts across Europe. The peculiar formulations of the various European Courts, that reflect individual artistic expressions and diversified trends in taste, pursue the definition of a new rhetoric: the association, implementation, and reinvention of the orders; the affirmation or complete redefinition of artistic hierarchies; a new balance between internal and external spaces; new and diff erentiated approaches to the memories of the past. The resulting subjects and shapes become characteristic in their own right and serve as models of variations on set themes that, together,
make up whole repertoires in architecture, painting and sculpture as well as in the art of jewelry and in furniture design for the Courts spaces. The centrality of the ornament takes different forms in the culture of the Baroque period, and sweeps across history, literature, philosophy, and music.

Applicants are invited to submit research proposals and original projects that, in the framework of the theme and time-frame presented here, or significant segments thereof, provide a comparative synchronic or diachronic analysis of two or more geographical centers or of limited territories.

Each of the five Fellowships will consist of an annual grant amounting to €23,000 before tax and other charges. Each Fellowship will last for one year, starting 1st January 2017 and ending 31st December 2017. It may be renewed for an additional quarter, without compensation and upon request of the Fellow, supported by the tutors opinion and subject to approval by the Foundation, that reserves the right to decide on the matter. A tutor will be appointed by the Foundation as an expert in the selected discipline, in agreement with the grantee, to support the grantee in the research activity and to evaluate the outcomes. Refunds of documented travel expenses related to the Fellowship project are envisaged for up to €1,500 per year and must be authorized in advance by the Foundation (‘mission procedure’) on a proposal by the tutor. The 2016 Notice of Competition and the online application forms are available on the Foundation’s website.

Online Resource | James Gillray: Caricaturist

Posted in resources by Editor on May 19, 2016
James Gillray, A Cognocenti Contemplating ye Beauties of ye Antique, 1801 (London: The British Museum)

James Gillray, A Cognocenti Contemplating ye Beauties of ye Antique, 1801 (London: The British Museum)

James Gillray: Caricaturist

For those of you interested in eighteenth-century caricature and particularly James Gillray, there is a new online resource: James Gillray: Caricaturist. The site includes a chronological catalogue of Gillray’s known prints, a list of major museums and archives where his work can be seen, information about him and his methods and techniques, and links to short biographical sketches of some of the people he caricatured.

The work of Jim Sherry, who has written on the modes of caricature as well as the humor of Thomas Rowlandson, the site continues to grow as Jim adds commentaries on individual Gillray prints (48 so far).