Symposium | Fluctuating Alliances: Art, Politics, and Diplomacy

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on September 18, 2017

From the programme for the upcoming conference:

Fluctuating Alliances: Art, Politics, and Diplomacy in the Modern Era, 16th–18th Centuries
Technische Universität, Berlin, 21–22 September 2017

Sebastiano Conca, The Education of Achilles, 1727, oil on canvas, 59 × 74 cm (Madrid, Museo del Prado, inv. P02869).

In January 1722 after a few days of heavy rain in Rome the ephemeral ‘macchina d’arti cio’ built to celebrate the wedding between the Prince of Asturias and Isabel d’Orleans was finally burnt before the Palazzo di Spagna. The machine, designed by Domenico Paradisi, showcased a clear message of unity and power between the former enemies, France and Spain. At the summit, allegories of both countries shook hands before the representation of the Four Continents. This functioned as a gentle reminder to their enemies after the years of turmoil surrounding the War of Spanish Succession, which had deeply affected the balance of power in Europe.

Fluctuating Alliances: Art, Politics, and Diplomacy in the Modern Era (s. XVI–XVIII), the first International Symposium on Transnational Relations and the Arts, seeks to explore the role played by prints, drawings, and others kinds of artistic production, such as music and literature, which represented the changing alliances among kings, rulers, and countries in the fluctuating early modern political environment. Taking as an example the War of Spanish Succession, but not limited to it, we encourage researchers to explore the uses of art for that purpose.

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9:15  Welcome by the convenor

9:30  War and Peace
Chair: Guy Rowlands (University of St. Andrews, UK)
• Alberto Rodríguez Martínez (UPO, Sevilla), An Impossible Peace: Views and Representations of the Twelve Years Truce from 1609 to 1621
• Anna Lisa Schwartz (Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg), Iunguntur Iupiter et Sol: Picturing Peace between Louis XIV and Charles VI after the Treaty of Rastatt (1714)
• Francisco Zamora Rodríguez (CHAM-Centro de Humanidades, UNL-Lisboa), Microcon ictos e imagen en espacios portuarios ‘neutrales’ durante la Guerra de Sucesión Española

11:20  Coffee break

11:40  Jesuits and Diplomacy
Chair: Pilar Diez del Corral Corredoira (TU, Berlin)
• Lise Puyo (University of Pennsylvania), The 1676 Huron-Wendat Wampum Belt: Indigenous Negotiations with the Divine
• Mar García Arenas (CHAM-Centro de Humanidades, UNL-Lisboa), Las implicaciones diplomáticas de la reconciliación entre Roma y Lisboa a través de la numismática conmemorativa, 1769–70

13:00  Lunch break

14:30  Negotiating with Faith
Chair: Francisco Zamora Rodríguez (CHAM-Centro de Humanidades, UNL-Lisboa)
• Amanda Van der Drift (The University of Queensland, Brisbane), Picturing Politics and Diplomacy in the Early Years of the Franco-Ottoman Alliance (XVI)
• Pierre-Olivier Oullet (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada), France Bringing Faith to the Hurons of New France: The Regent Anne of Austria and the Taking over of the Colony by Louis XIV
• Iris Haist (Graphischen Sammlung, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz), Herrschaft aus Marmor und Papier – Die Grabmonumente für Maria Clementina Sobieska und Jacob III. Stuart als Repräsenta- tionsinstrumente der römisch-katholischen Kirche

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9:00  Court and Diplomatic Celebrations
Chair: Nicole Hegener (Humboldt Universität, Berlin)
• Philippa Woodcock (University of Warwick/ Oxford Brookes/ CNAM Paris), L‘ambition de l‘Espagnol: Reworks and Frontiers in Bourbon Paris
• Roland Béhar (École Normale Supérieure, Paris), Le héros qui sauve du monstre marin : les fêtes de 1612 et l’émulation symbolique franco-espagnole

10:10  Coffee break

10:30  Court and Diplomatic Celebrations, continued
Chair: Pilar Diez del Corral Corredoira (TU, Berlin)
• Danièle Lipp (Wien Universität), The Habsburg Emperor Charles VI and the Politics of Recruitment for His Music Chapels
• Luis Méndez Rodríguez and Rocío Orellana (Universidad de Sevilla), Arte y diplomacia en el siglo XVIII: La corte española en el Lustro Real

11:20  Final discussion with closing remarks by Diego Valverde Villena (Director of the Instituto Cervantes)




New Book | Turin and the British in the Age of the Grand Tour

Posted in books by Editor on September 18, 2017

Scheduled for November publication from Cambridge UP:

Paola Bianchi and Karin Wolfe, eds., Turin and the British in the Age of the Grand Tour (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 506 pages, ISBN: 978  110714  7706, $135.

The Duchy of Savoy first claimed royal status in the seventeenth century, but only in 1713 was Victor Amadeus II, Duke of Savoy (1666–1732), crowned King of Sicily. The events of the Peace of Utrecht (1713) sanctioned the decades-long project, the Duchy had pursued through the convoluted maze of political relationships between foreign powers. Of these, the British Kingdom was one of their most assiduous advocates, because of complimentary dynastic, political, cultural and commercial interests.

A notable stream of British diplomats and visitors to the Sabaudian capital engaged in an extraordinary and reciprocal exchange with the Turinese during this fertile period. The flow of travellers, a number of whom were British emissaries and envoys posted to the court, coincided, in part, with the itineraries of the international Grand Tour which transformed the capital into a gateway to Italy, resulting in a conflagration of cultural cosmopolitanism in early modern Europe.

Paola Bianchi teaches Early Modern History at the Università della Valle d’Aosta. She has researched and written on the journeys of various English travellers who came to Italy in the eighteenth century to be presented at the Savoy court and to be part of Piedmont society. Her publications include Onore e mestiere: Le riforme militari nel Piemonte del Settecento (2002); Cuneo in età moderna: Città e stato nel Piemonte d’antico regime (with A. Merlotti) (2002); Sotto diverse bandiere: L’internazionale militare nello stato sabaudo d’antico regime (2012); L’affermarsi della corte sabauda: Dinastie, poteri, élites in Piemonte e Savoia fra tardo Medioevo e prima età moderna (with L.C. Gentile) (2006); Le strategie dell’apparenza: Cerimoniali, politica e società alla corte dei Savoia in età moderna (with A. Merlotti) (2010); and Storia degli Stati sabaudi, 1416–1848 (with A. Merlotti) (2017).

Karin Wolfe is a Research Fellow at the British School at Rome. Her research focuses on topics in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italian history, including art, architecture, patronage, and collecting, as well as the history of cardinals and the Grand Tour. Her publications include Roma Britannica: Art Patronage and Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century Rome (edited with D. R. Marshall and S. Russell, 2011). She is presently completing a monograph on Francesco Trevisani, Francesco Trevisani (1656–1746): A Universal Painter, Catalogue Raisonné.


List of figures

Preface and Acknowledgements, Christopher J. Smith and Andrea Merlotti
Foreword, Martin Postle
Introduction, Paola Bianchi and Karin Wolfe

Part I | Britain in Turin: Politics and Culture at the Savoy Court
1  England and Savoy: Dynastic Intimacy and Cultural Relations under the Early Stuarts, Toby Osborne
2  Marriage Proposals: Seventeenth-Century Stuart–Savoy Matrimonial Prospects and Politics, Andrea Pennini
3  The Court of Turin and the English Succession, 1712–20, Edward Corp
4  The British Diplomatic Presence in Turin: Diplomatic Culture and British Elite Identity, 1688–1789/98, Christopher Storrs

Part II | Turin: Gateway to Grand Tour Society
5  The British at the Turin Royal Academy: Cosmopolitanism and Religious Pragmatism, Paola Bianchi
6  Thomas Coke in Turin and the Turin Royal Academy, Andrew Moore
7  ‘Never a More Favorable Reception than in the Present Juncture’: British Residents and Travellers in and about Turin, 1747–48, Edoardo Piccoli
8  The British and Freemasonry in Eighteenth-Century Turin, Andrea Merlotti

Part III | Torino Britannica: Diplomacy and Cultural Brokerage
9  John Molesworth: British Envoy and Cultural Intermediary in Turin, Karin Wolfe
10  Silver from London and Turin: Diplomacy by Display and George Hervey, Earl of Bristol, Envoy Extraordinary to the Court of Savoy, 1755–58, James Rothwell
11  The ‘Savoyard’: The painter Domenico Duprà and His British Sitters, Jonathan Yarker
12  The Culture of Confession: The Sardinian Chapel in London in the Eighteenth Century, Paola Cozzo

Part IV | Turin and Britain: Architectural Crossroads
13  Architects and Kings in Grand Tour Europe, Tomasso Manfredi
14  A Homage from Turin: Filippo Juvarra’s Sketches for Lord Burlington, Cristina Ruggero
15  Crossing Borders: The Pioneering Role of the Architect-Engineer Giovanni Battista Borra between Piedmont and Britain, Olga Zoller

Part V | Britain and Turin: Chinoiserie as an International Aesthetic
16  Chinoiserie in Piedmont: An International Language of Diplomacy and Modernity, Christopher M. S. Johns
17  ‘Alla China’: The Reception of International Decorative Models in Piedmont, Cristina Mossetti
18  The British Garden in Piedmont in the Late Eighteenth Century: Variations on the Picturesque, the Anglo-Chinese, and the Landscape Garden, Paolo Cornaglia

Part VI | Turin in Britain: Cultural Exchange in Grand Tour Europe
19  A Plurality of Pluras: The Plura Family of Sculptors between Turin and Britain, Alastair Laing
20  ‘A Memorable Era in the Instrumental Music of This Kingdom’: Piedmontese Musicians in London in the Latter Half of the Eighteenth Century, Annarita Colturato
21  The British Baretti: Didactics and Criticism, Cristina Bracchi
22  Vittorio Alfieri and the ‘English Republic’: Reflections on an Elective Affinity, Francesca Fedi

A  British Diplomats and Visitors to Turin in the Eighteenth Century, Christopher Storrs
Sabaudian Diplomats to London in the Eighteenth Century, Andrea Merlotti
B  British Attendees at the Turin Royal Academy, Paola Bianchi
C  Letters from the Molesworth–Galilei Correspondence, 1721–25, Karin Wolfe



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