Call for Donations | Mary D. Sheriff Research and Travel Award

Posted in Member News by Editor on May 31, 2017

The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture are pleased to announce the establishment of a research and travel award to honor the late Mary D. Sheriff.

The Sheriff Research and Travel Award will offer research and travel support to doctoral candidates, early career scholars and contingent faculty working on feminist topics in eighteenth-century art history and visual culture, and will be awarded every two years (starting in 2018).

We would like to invite donations to the fund, which will be invested and managed by ASECS. Donations are tax-deductible. Once your contribution is received, ASECS will send a letter for tax purposes, acknowledging your gift to this non-profit organization.

Contributions can be made by check (made out to ASECS, with a note that it is for the Sheriff Award); or by credit card (mail in credit card number, expiration and security code), and should be sent by June 19, 2017 to the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies:

PO Box 7867
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Checks can also be sent any time to: Melissa Hyde, School of Art and Art History, PO Box 115801, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611. Please contact Melissa if you have questions, mlhyde@ymail.com.



Workshop | Transplanted Places: Garden Design

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on May 31, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

Transplanted Places: Garden Design and Shifting Cultural Geographies, 1650–1800
Museum of Asian Art, Berlin (Dahlem), 22–24 June 2017

Organized by Joachim Rees and Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch

Please register by 15 June 2017 via email: Arbeitsbereich-Rees@geschkult.fu-berlin.de. Additional information is available here.

T H U R S D A Y ,  2 2  J U N E  2 0 1 7

18:00  Welcome from Joachim Rees and Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch

18:10  Keynote Address
• Hans von Trotha (Berlin), A Garden is a Garden is a Garden: Reestablishing a Discourse on the Art of Gardening in the Beginning of the Twenty-first Century

F R I D A Y ,  2 3  J U N E  2 0 1 7

9:30  Travelling, Collecting, Gardening
Chair: Klaas Ruitenbeek (Berlin)
• Marianne Klemun (Vienna), Connecting Spaces: Mobile Meanings of Plants
• Lianming Wang (Heidelberg), Exotic Plants and Transplanted Spaces in Eighteenth-Century Beijing
• Stefan Schweizer (Düsseldorf), Mountains, Rivers, Monuments: Landscape and Territory as Symbolic Features in Early Modern European Gardens

13:00  Lunch

14:30  Gardens and the Geography of Opposition and Dissent
Chair: Sebastian Fitzner (Berlin)
• Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch (Berlin), Veins and Bones: Garden Landscape as Representation of the Cosmic Organism
• Jongsang Sung (Seoul), Garden as a Secluded Paradise: Seventeenth-Century Joseon Scholar Kosan Yoon Seondo’s Garden
• Franziska Bub (Berlin), The Wörlitz Landscape Garden: A Place of Opposition and Retreat in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century
• Joachim Rees (Berlin), Colonies Lost and Regained: Landscape Gardening and Contested ‘Colonial Fantasies’ in Late Eighteenth-Century Germany

S A T U R D A Y ,  2 4  J U N E  2 0 1 7

9:00  Gardens and the Aesthetics of Itinerancy
Chair: Gert Gröning (Berlin)
• Wybe Kuitert (Seoul), Raising Children: The Garden and Japan Perceptions of Constantijn Huygens
• Anna Ananieva (London), Curiosity for the East: Imagination and Knowledge of Chinese Culture in Eighteenth-Century Russia
• Yoonjung Seo (Berlin), King Chongjo (r. 1776–1800) and His Political Ambition Represented in the Royal Garden: Focusing on the Gatherings at the Jade Stream in Ch’angdok Palace
• Sheng-Ching Chang (Taipei), The Enlightenment of Prussia through the Far East: From the Planning of the Royal Gardens of Potsdam to Nineteenth-Century Urban Greening

13:30  Lunch

S U N D A Y ,  2 5  J U N E  2 0 1 7

Excursion to Berlin-Marzahn: Gardens of the World | Gärten der Welt




New Book | Penser le « petit » de l’Antiquité au premier XXe siècle

Posted in books by Editor on May 31, 2017

Addressing textual approaches and practices of artistic miniaturization from antiquity to the nineteenth century, this volume presents essays that grew out of a colloquium on the subject in October 2015. Available from Les libraires ensemble:

Sophie Duhem, Estelle Galbois et Anne Perrin Khelissa, eds., Penser le « petit » de l’Antiquité au premier XXe siècle: Approches textuelles et pratiques de la miniaturisation artistique (Lyon: Fage, 2017), 224 pages, ISBN: 978  284975  4306, 25€.

From Tanagra statuettes to the automata of the industrial age, there are many material manifestations of the ancient fascination with shapes, images, and tiny objects. Examples abound: carved micro-architectures of Gothic buildings, small engravings by Stefano della Bella or Sébastien Leclerc, eighteenth-century objects of vertu, and the Lilliputian creatures of children’s literature. Rare, however, are the historical sources that allow us to understand their cultural foundations. While the written sources usually consider the ‘small’ only in relationship to the ‘big’, the analysis of the consumption of these objects reveals a set of practical, symbolic, and artistic skills such as manoeuvrability, mobility, economy, poverty, preciousness, thoroughness, prettiness, and strangeness. Too often, the dominant sources focus on the size of the objects, diminishing other considerations. At times, miniaturization reduces the scale of a given object, while at other times it may be an independent creation governed by specific criteria. Whatever the case, miniaturization is based on a set of justifications, usages, and judgments that this conference aims to clarify.


Essais introductifs
Sophie Duhem, Estelle Galbois, Anne Perrin Khelissa, Le « petit » : un concept opératoire pour penser l’art et son récit
Jean-Marie Guillouët, Une perspective préalable depuis le Moyen Âge : la question des échelles de l’œuvre

Partie 1 : Technique, esthétiques et fonctions du changement d’échelle
• Jan Blanc, Valeurs et enjeux théoriques du ‘petit’ à l’époque moderne
• Véronique Sarrazin, Le « format Collombat », ou comment le petit format d’un modeste livret est devenu une référence de goût et de commodité au xviiie siècle
• Tamara Préaud, Petits bibelots ou vraies sculptures ? L’exemple de Vincennes-Sèvres au xviiie siècle
• Cyril Lécosse, Stratégie de distinction chez les « pygmées de l’art » : peindre la miniature en grand autour de 1800
• Élodie Voillot, Un musée dans chaque foyer. Les réductions de sculptures, du grand art au petit bibelot, 1839–1900

Partie 2 : Luxe, préciosités et réceptions de l’objet minuscule
• Alice Delage, La microarchitecture dans l’orfèvrerie florentine : la Renaissance du « petit »
• Françoise Gilbert, Le sonnet 465 du « Parnasso espanol » : un petit bijou de la main de Quevedo
• Anne Perrin Khelissa, Menace sur le « grand » art. Le peuple des magots et des statuettes en porcelaine au Siècle des Lumières
• Michel Sandras, « La miette de Cellini / Vaut le bloc de Michel-Ange ». Petites formes et artisanat du style, 1830–1890

Partie 3 :  Souvenir, circulations et pouvoirs mémoriels de l’objet miniature
• Rori Bloom, « Voilà mon portrait que je vous donne » : la boîte à portrait dans la littérature précieuse
• Manuel Charpy, Réductions, miniatures et fragments. La religion du souvenir et du passé dans les espaces intimes au xixe siècle
• Manuel Royo, « Voir le grand dans le petit », enjeux mémoriels de la maquette d’architecture : le cas de Rome à la fin du xixe siècle et au début du xx e siècle
• Claire Barbillon, Le paradoxe de la monumentalité en format réduit : la statuaire monumentale publique et la carte postale

Partie 4 : Poésie, images et représentations du « petit » monde
• François Ripoll, « Si parua licet componere magnis » (Georg., IV, 176) : la dialectique du « grand » et du « petit » dans les chants III et IV des Géorgiques de Virgile
• Vincent Robert-Nicoud, Grand débat sur le « petit » monde : l’homme microcosme de Rabelais à Scève
• Sarah Grandin, « Cironalité universelle » : taille, échelle et perspective dans L’Autre monde de Cyrano
• Nathalie Rizzoni, « Les Petits toure lourirette / Valent bien les grands » : les enfants sur les scènes de théâtre en France au premier xviiie siècle

Présentation des auteurs




2017 AAMC Awards Announced

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions, Member News by Editor on May 30, 2017

Jean-Antoine Watteau, The Portal of Valenciennes, ca. 1710–11, oil on canvas, 32.5 × 40.5 cm (New York: The Frick Collection, purchased with funds from the bequest of Arthemise Redpath, 91.1.173 / photo: Michael Bodycomb).

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Congratulations to Aaron Wile! His essay “Watteau and the Inner Life of War”—from the catalogue Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France , published in conjunction with the exhibition that Wile also curated for The Frick Collection—was awarded the 2017 Prize for ‘Best Article, Essay, or Extended Catalogue Entry’ from the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC).

A full list of awards is available here»


Humanities Commons

Posted in resources by Editor on May 29, 2017

For many of us, summer means catching up on one’s scholarly profiles: filing activity reports, updating CVs, reformatting personal websites, and uploading academic papers. Now you have a new set of options with a new platform: Humanities Commons, a nonprofit, open-access network, built with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

As described on the ‘About’ page for HC:

Humanities Commons was designed by scholarly societies in the humanities to serve the needs of humanists as they engage in teaching and research that benefit the larger community. Unlike other social and academic communities, Humanities Commons is open-access, open-source, and nonprofit. It is focused on providing a space to discuss, share, and store cutting-edge research and innovative pedagogy—not on generating profits from users’ intellectual and personal data.

The network also features an open-access repository, the Commons Open Repository Exchange. CORE allows users to preserve their research and increase its reach by sharing it across disciplinary, institutional, and geographic boundaries. Developed in partnership with Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, CORE is underwritten by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities.

In December, Inside Higher Ed noted the launch of the beta version.

In a March posting for ACRLog, the blog of the Association of College & Research Libraries, Lily Troia interviewed Nicky Agate, Head of Digital Initiatives in the Office of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association. The posting provides a useful introduction to Humanities Commons and how it differs from commercial services such as Academia.edu.

CAA is one of four societies currently participating, and the hub, CAA Commons, is scheduled for release in the coming weeks (months?). In the meantime (and at least at this point, it’s not obvious what additional features might be available with CAA Commons), anyone is invited to register, establish a profile, create a website (in cooperation with WordPress), upload papers, and start setting up groups. Groups can be public, private, or hidden. More information is available from the Guides and FAQ sections.

Craig Hanson







New Book | Miniatur-Geschichten: Indian Painting at Dresden

Posted in books by Editor on May 29, 2017

Published by Sandstein Verlag and distributed in the U.S. by ISD:

Monica Juneja and Petra Kuhlmann-Hodick, eds., Miniatur-Geschichten: Die Sammlung indischer Malerei im Dresdner Kupferstich-Kabinett (Dresden: Sandstein Verlag, 2017), 256 pages, ISBN: 978  39549  82714, $28.

Two collections, hitherto all but unknown, of Indian painting from the late 17th and early 18th centuries, which are part of the Dresden Copper Plate Cabinet, are the focus of these miniature stories. An inventory of the art collections of the Saxon Elector August the Strong, drawn up in 1738, lists a number of albums with portraits of Indian rulers and princes. In 1848, this collection was enlarged by a donation of 78 works, more diverse in terms of subject matter, from the estate of the German linguist and Indologist August Wilhelm Schlegel.

The catalog offers a representative selection of the Dresden inventory which was enriched by the recent donation of a Shahnama manuscript from Kashmir. The exhibition presents this inventory in the context of loans from Mumbai, London, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Eleven essays in German and English discuss the background of, and provide insights into, the fascinating world of Indian painting.




with English summaries / mit deutschen Zusammenfassungen

• Petra Kuhlmann-Hodick, Berührungspunkte: Werke indischer Malerei im Dresdner Kupferstich-Kabinett
• Monica Juneja, Sehen, Begehren, Sammeln: Ästhetische Wahrnehmungen in den frühmodernen Bildkulturen Südasiens
• Vandana Prapanna, The Collections of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
• Dipanwita Donde, Portraiture in Mughal Manuscripts: Re-Mapping the Portrait of Akbar between 1600 and 1700
• Ursula Weekes, Medallion Portraits in India and Europe
• Pauline Lunsingh Scheurleer, Indian Miniatures for Europe: The Dutch Market in the 17th and 18th Centuries
• Dirk Syndram, Der »Thron des Großmoguls«: Ein königlicher Traum vom Fernen Osten
• Roger Paulin, August Wilhelm Schlegel und Indien
• Jürgen Hanneder, August Wilhelm Schlegel als Indienforscher
• Olaf Simon, »… wie du hier sehen kannst«: Kunsttechnologische Untersuchungen und Restaurierung der indischen Bestände des Dresdner Kupferstich-Kabinetts
• Neha Berlia, From Timur to the Marathas: Dynasties of India as Represented in Late 17th- to Early 18th-Century Portrait Albums in European Collections


Sammlungsgeschichten. Heucher 1738 – Schlegel 1848

Blicke in die Welt indischer Malerei
Darbar und darshan. Porträtkunst und höfische Repräsentation
Prinzessinnen, Asketen, Helden. Genreszenen und Illustrationen
Zur Praxis der Miniaturmalerei

Die Gegenstandswelt der indischen Malerei
Aus den Rüstkammern indischer Fürstenhöfe
Aus dīwān, mardāna und zenāna
Götterbilder und Gebetsketten
Zahlungsmittel im Mogulreich

Kultureller Austausch
Motiv-Wanderungen zwischen Indien und Europa
Berichte und Reisebeschreibungen der Barockzeit

August Wilhelm Schlegel. Indologe und Sammler





Symposium | Reportage and Representation

Posted in conferences (to attend), exhibitions by Editor on May 28, 2017

Giovanni Paolo Panini, King Charles III Visiting Pope Benedict XIV at the Coffee House of the Palazzo del Quirinale, 1746, 124 × 174 cm
(Naples: Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte)

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I’m dreadfully sorry to be late with this announcement (the event is just now wrapping up at The Getty), but I imagine the schedule is still useful for those of us not there to appreciate what a good day it must have been. CH

Reportage and Representation: View Painting as Historical Witness
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, 28 May 2017

On the occasion of the exhibition Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe (on view at the Getty Center May 9–July 30, 2017), this scholarly symposium investigates the artistic framework and historical context of eighteenth-century view paintings recording contemporary events.


9:00  Registration and coffee

9:30  Welcome from Richard Rand (J. Paul Getty Museum)

9:45  Session 1: Princes, Popes, and Ambassadors
Moderator: Davide Gasparotto (J. Paul Getty Museum)
• Alberto Craievich (Ca’ Rezzonico, Venice), Regattas in Venice, 1680–1791
• Christopher Johns (Vanderbilt University, Nashville), Papal Diplomacy and Public Spectacle from Clement XII to Pius VI
• Stéphane Loire (Musée du Louvre, Paris), Giovanni Paolo Panini as a Witness of Public Life in Rome for the French Ambassadors
• Susan Tipton (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich), Ambassadors on Stage in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Paintings of Diplomatic Ceremonies and Their Original Settings

12:30  Lunch

2:00  Session 2: Constructing Reality
Moderator: Louis Marchesano (Getty Research Institute)
• Edgar Peters Bowron (formerly The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), Bernardo Bellotto’s Historical Views of Dresden, Vienna, and Warsaw
• David Marshall (University of Melbourne), Staging Rome: Giovanni Paolo Panini as Vedutista and Designer

3:00  Coffee break

3:30  Session 3: Patronage and the Market
Moderator: Jeffrey Collins (Bard Graduate Center, New York City)
• Francis Russell (Christie’s, London), Venetian Vedutisti and English Buyers: Some Connections and Footnotes
• Charles Beddington (London), Meeting Demand in Canaletto’s Venice
• Respondent: Jeffrey Collins (Bard Graduate Center, New York City)

R E L A T E D  L E C T U R E

From Public Spectacle to Public Sphere: New Anthropologies of the Enlightenment
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, 27 May 2017

Larry Wolff, professor of history at New York University, considers how the baroque public spectacle—so essential to the rituals of the court and the church—began to give way in the eighteenth century to more informal and participatory forms of sociability and discussion, as reflected in eighteenth-century paintings of public occasion. Saturday, May 27, 5:00pm.







Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship, 2017–2020

Posted in fellowships by Editor on May 27, 2017

From the National Gallery of Art in Washington:

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2017–2020

Applications due by 30 June 2017

The National Gallery of Art is pleased to announce a postdoctoral curatorial fellowship for 2017–2020 funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This is a two-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a third year. The fellowship provides curatorial training and supports scholarly research related to the collection of the National Gallery of Art. The fellow is fully integrated into a specific curatorial department with duties, privileges, and status equivalent to those of an assistant curator. Time is divided between specific projects and general curatorial work within the department, including research on the collection and new acquisitions, work on the presentation of the collection, participation in aspects of special exhibition projects, and opportunities to give public lectures. The fellow will plan and complete a project in consultation with the supervising curator.

Consideration is given to candidates working in fields represented by the Gallery’s permanent collection of European and American art. Placements are available in the departments of old master prints, sculpture and decorative arts, American paintings, modern and contemporary art, and photographs. The doctoral degree in art history (or the equivalent in countries outside the United States) must be or have been officially conferred within five years (preferably three years) of the start date of the fellowship. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This is an international program.

More information is available here»

Call for Papers | Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on May 26, 2017

Johan Zoffany, Colonel Blair with His Family and an Indian Ayah, 1786
(London: Tate)

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Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment
Griffith University and the University of Queensland, Brisbane, 13–15 December 2017

Proposals due by 1 August 2017

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS) is pleased to announce that the sixteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar, Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment, will be held in Brisbane, Australia, at Griffith University and the University of Queensland on the 13th to 15th December 2017. We welcome proposals for papers or panels on the theme ‘Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment’, broadly conceived as referring to the plurality of Enlightenments as well as the ideas and uses of nature which they endorsed, and the spaces in which they developed.

In the inclusive spirit of the David Nichol Smith Seminar, proposals may address any aspect of the long eighteenth century. Especially relevant topics include
• Enlightenment and religion, science, empire, or gender
• Popular, moderate, and radical enlightenments
• Regional, national, and global enlightenments
• Climate, the environment, and the Anthropocene
• Emotion, sentimentalism, and the language of feeling
• Theories of human nature and civil society
• Improvement and social utility
• Travel, exploration, and discovery
• Trade and commerce
• Philanthropy and the culture of moral/social reform
• Spaces of sociability such as clubs, salons, coffeehouses, and taverns
• Urban and rural spaces
• Ideas of landscape and forms of land use
• Nature in art, literature, and music
• Natural history, natural philosophy, natural law, and natural theology
• Nature in economic and political writing
• Nature, medicine, sexuality, and the body
• Botany, geology, and geography
• Representations and uses of animals
• Work, leisure, technology, and industrialisation

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers and panels comprising 3 x papers. Please submit an abstract of 250 words (maximum) and a 2-page CV, as PDF documents, to the following email address by 1 August  2017: dnsconferenceqld@gmail.com. Participants must be current members of ANZSECS. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact one of the organisers: Peter Denney (p.denney@griffith.edu.au) or Lisa O’Connell (l.oconnell@uq.edu.au).

Keynote Speakers
• Deidre Lynch (Harvard University)
• Jan Golinski (University of New Hampshire)
• Georgia Cowart (Case Western Reserve University)
• Sujit Sivasundaram (University of Cambridge)


Call for Papers | European Lacquer in Context

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on May 24, 2017

From H-ArtHist:

European Lacquer in Context
Jubelpark, Brussels, 18–19 January 2018

Proposals due by 4 June 2017

The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels, Belgium), the University of Antwerp (UA, Antwerp, Belgium) and the Royal Museums of Art and History (KMKG-MRAH, Brussels, Belgium) invite you to participate in our two-day conference European Lacquer in Context. The theme of this conference is European lacquers in a broad sense: theoretical and practical work concerning conservation and restoration, art historical, technological and chemical research will be highlighted.

We encourage students, young and established professionals to submit an abstract for either a poster or a paper presentation. Both theory and practice-oriented contributions from professionals working with European lacquers are considered (among others curators, conservators, restorers, art historians, analytical scientists and anyone with an interest in European lacquers). Presentations of collaboration projects between different professions are strongly encouraged.

For more information about the conference, please visit the ELinC-conference website. Please submit the abstract before 4 June 2017 through the conference online abstract form.

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