Call for Papers | After the Grand Tour

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on October 5, 2018

From H-ArtHist:

After the Grand Tour: References, Revisions, Returns
Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Rome, 12 April 2019

Proposals due by 15 November 2018

Ninth edition of the international symposium Grand Tour del Terzo Millennio: Researches on Art and Architectural History by Foreign Scholars and Artists in Rome. Previous editions were held at the University of Rome – Tor Vergata; this year’s symposium will be curated by the Rome Art History Network (RAHN) with the generous support of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History (Rome). It is organized by Iacopo Benincampi and Arianna Carannante, in collaboration with Anne Scheinhardt.

Between the eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth century, Rome represented the main international cultural center of Europe. Consequently, many young and passionate ‘amateurs’ continued to go there, just to get closer to art as well as to specialize in their profession as artists. However, due to the political weakness of the Papal government, travelers did not set a permanent base in the city. They went back home with the certainty that their acquired knowledge would confer them a favorable advantage in the exercise of their profession. After all, the repertory of Roman sources remained an essential point of cultural reference for the construction, completion, and legitimation of modern identities in Europe. These were translated in an open-air catalogue of themes, formal models, and technical solutions with the power to inspire innovative elaborations, and to catalyze new compositional and constructional experiments.

Rome’s distinctiveness in this regard fostered its international significance and acted as an incentive for the foundation of foreign academies. To this day these institutions are a cultural compass for the scientific and artistic exploration of the city of Rome. The objective of this conference is to reflect on the inheritance of the experience of the Grand Tour, especially within the realm of the figurative arts and architecture. Our aim is to create a platform for comparing and reflecting on models of research by foreigners and Italian scholars in Rome.

Which instances of Rome’s artistic output—from contemporary and/or previous times—captured the interest of visitors and artists between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? What were the privileged mediums of their documentation (sketches, drawings, and so forth)? Once they returned home, which Roman works did Grand Tourists take as models for local experimentation, and how did these references come to be developed? What role did religious and lay patrons play in this regard? What social networks did they form during their Roman sojourn? What contacts did they maintain? Did anyone stay or return at a later point?

These themes will be addressed during the conference which will be held on 12th of April. Especially fellows, doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and professors in history of art and architecture from foreign institutions are invited to send proposals related to these themes.

Please send an abstract in Italian or English of 2,500 characters max (spaces included) and a bio of 1,500 characters max (spaces included) to convegno.grandtour@gmail.com by the 15th of November 2018. We will consider the possibility of publishing the conference proceedings.

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