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.







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