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New Book | Classical Art: A Life History

Posted in books by Editor on December 4, 2018

From Princeton UP:

Caroline Vout, Classical Art: A Life History from Antiquity to the Present (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018), 376 pages, ISBN: 978-0691177038, $40.

How did the statues of ancient Greece wind up dictating art history in the West? How did the material culture of the Greeks and Romans come to be seen as ‘classical’ and as ‘art’? What does ‘classical art’ mean across time and place? In this ambitious, richly illustrated book, art historian and classicist Caroline Vout provides an original history of how classical art has been continuously redefined over the millennia as it has found itself in new contexts and cultures. All of this raises the question of classical art’s future.

What we call classical art did not simply appear in ancient Rome, or in the Renaissance, or in the eighteenth-century Academy. Endlessly repackaged and revered or rebuked, Greek and Roman artifacts have gathered an amazing array of values, both positive and negative, in each new historical period, even as these objects themselves have reshaped their surroundings. Vout shows how this process began in antiquity, as Greeks of the Hellenistic period transformed the art of fifth-century Greece, and continued through the Roman empire, Constantinople, European court societies, the neoclassical English country house, and the nineteenth century, up to the modern museum. A unique exploration of how each period of Western culture has transformed Greek and Roman antiquities and in turn been transformed by them, this book revolutionizes our understanding of what classical art has meant and continues to mean.

Caroline Vout is Reader in Classics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ’s College. Her books include Sex on Show: Seeing the Erotic in Greece and Rome, The Hills of Rome: Signature of an Eternal City, and Power and Eroticism in Imperial Rome.

C O N T E N T S

Preface
Acknowledgments

1  Setting the Agenda, or Putting the Art into Heritage
2  Finding the Classical in Hellenistic Greece
3  Making Greek Culture Roman Culture
4  Roman Art, the Building Blocks of Empire
5  Reviving Antiquity in Renaissance Italy
6  European Court Society and the Shaping of the Canon
7  ‘Neoclassicisms’ and the English Country House
8  Seeing Anew in the Nineteenth Century
9  The Death of Classical Art?
10  And the Moral of the Story . . .

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Conference | Art and Power, the Power of Art, Part III

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on December 4, 2018

From H-ArtHist:

Art et pouvoir, le pouvoir de l’art, III
Le séminaire annuel de l’équipe Histara
, EA 7347, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE)

Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), Paris, 5 December 2018

P R O G R A M M E

9.30  Sabine Frommel (EPHE) Introduction

9.45  Matin
Présidence: Rachel Lauthelier-Mourier (EPHE)
• Emilie d’Orgeix (EPHE), Dessiner le vide: Vues de villes et matérialisation du pouvoir, XVIIe–XVIIIe siècles
• Marina Viallon (EPHE), Les tournois à la cour de France à la Renaissance

11.15  Pause café

11.30  Matin
Présidence: Rachel Lauthelier-Mourier (EPHE)
• Kristina Deutsch (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Le décor du pouvoir entre la France et l’Allemagne vers 1700: Le pavillon des bains du château de Nymphenburg à Munich
• Jean-Michel Leniaud (EPHE), Les peintures de Delacroix à la bibliothèque du Sénat

13.00  Pause déjeuner

14.15  Après-midi
Présidence: Isabelle Saint-Martin (EPHE)
• Rachel Lauthelier-Mourier (EPHE), Les monarchies de l’âge classique confrontées au dévoilement du site de Persépolis et à l’obsédante question de la décadence
• Emmanuel de Waresquiel (EPHE), La prise de la Bastille et les métamorphoses de la liberté, 1789–1830
• Barbara von Orelli (Université de Zurich), Le préventorium Le Rosaire à Les Sciernes-d’Albeuve (Suisse): Un monument Art déco entre législation, administration et philanthropie

16.30  Pause café

16.45  Après-midi
Présidence: Isabelle Saint-Martin (EPHE)
• Florence Descamps (EPHE), Bercy. Décors ministériels
• Agnès Callu (CNRS), Domination(s): Histoire politique des commandes aux artistes, de 1980 à nos jours
• Jean-Miguel Pire (EPHE), L’histoire de l’art dans le débat public: Une ‘discipline active dans la cité’ (Chastel)?

19.00  Fin des travaux