Exhibition | Angelica Kauffman

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on March 5, 2020

Now on view at the Kunstpalast and coming to London’s RA in June:

Angelica Kauffman: Artist, Superwoman, Influencer
Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, 30 January — 24 May 2020
Royal Academy of Arts, London, 28 June — 20 September 2020

Angelica Kauffman was a founding member of the Royal Academy and an artist who defied convention. In this major exhibition we trace her trajectory from child prodigy to one of the most sought-after painters of her time. Born in Switzerland in 1741, Angelica Kauffman (1741–1807) was quickly recognised as a child prodigy, before receiving further artistic training in Italy. Arriving in London in 1766, she enjoyed an unprecedented career as a history painter and portraitist before moving to Rome in 1782, where her studio became a hub of the city’s cultural life. Kauffman’s career was unusual for a female artist in the late 18th and early 19th century. A highly acclaimed portraitist, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, working for patrons across Britain and the continent, including Catherine the Great amongst others. This exhibition will focus on Kauffman’s work at the height of her career, tracing the life and work of this celebrated artist.

The catalogue is published by Hirmer and distributed in North America by The University of Chicago Press:

Bettina Baumgärtel, ed., with contributions by B. Baumgärtel, I. M. Holubec, J. Myssok, and H. Valentine, Angelica Kauffman (Munich: Hirmer Publishers, 2020), 208 pages, ISBN: 978-3777434629, £35 / $45.

Call for Papers | Angelica Kauffman Study Day

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 5, 2020

From ArtHist.net:

Angelica Kauffman Study Day
Royal Academy of Arts, London, 16 September 2020

Proposals due by 15 April 2020

On the occasion of the retrospective dedicated to Angelica Kauffman taking place in Düsseldorf and London in 2020, the Royal Academy of Arts is organising a study day on the artist on Wednesday, 16 September 2020.

A child prodigy and a respected painter famous all over Europe in her own lifetime, Angelica Kauffman (1741–1807) transcended many boundaries and conventions linked to eighteenth-century social norms. She embraced many facets of the Enlightenment beliefs, pursued a career to become a history painter following the neoclassical ideals, and worked for some of the most prominent patrons of the time. She was also one of the two female founding members of the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1768. At her death, her sculpted bust was placed next to Raphael’s in the Pantheon in Rome thereby underlining her place in the artistic canon.

We welcome papers exploring the rich and versatile career of Angelica Kauffman with a fresh contextualisation in the broader artistic, cultural, social, and economic fabric of the eighteenth century. Topics should draw on Kauffman’s production and career and may include, but are not necessarily limited to:
• Fashion and costume
• The business of art (showroom, records, book-keeping, and clientele)
• Cosmopolitan networks
• International career
• Women patrons
• Royal patrons
• Women artists and their careers
• Artistic/Intellectual friendships and their impact on creativity
• Multiples (prints, designs for decorative arts)
• Female self-portrait and self-representation
• Display in 18th-century European art

Please send an abstract of 300 words and a short biography of 200 words to: Marie.Tavinor@royalacademy.org.uk and Will.Iron@royalacademy.org.uk. We are sorry that we cannot offer any travel bursaries on this occasion.

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