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Online | Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade

Posted in conferences (summary), lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on March 19, 2021

Presented by the Center for Netherlandish Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Harvard Art Museums, and Harvard University’s Department of History of Art and Architecture:

Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures
Online conference in four parts: 9–23 April 2021

Organized by Sarah Mallory, Kéla Jackson, and Rachel Burke, together with Joanna Sheers Seidenstein

Registration is now open for the conference Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures, presented by the Center for Netherlandish Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Harvard Art Museums, and Harvard University’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. This four-partprogram explores efforts by art museums to deploy their spaces and their collections—which are often enmeshed with colonialism and exploitation—to present more complete narratives of and perspectives on slavery and its legacies. This conference is organized by Sarah Mallory, Kéla Jackson, and Rachel Burke, all doctoral students in Harvard University’s Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Joanna Sheers Seidenstein, the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Curatorial Fellow in the Division of European and American Art, at the Harvard Art Museums. We hope you will attend!

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Part 1 | Exhibiting Slavery and Representing Black Lives
Friday, 9 April 2021, 1–3pm EST

Curators will discuss their work on groundbreaking projects in the Netherlands and the United States, namely the Rijksmuseum’s current Slavery exhibition, the Rembrandthuis Museum’s exhibition Here: Black in Rembrandt’s Time, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s reinstallation of its permanent collection, and the Museums Are Not Neutral initiative. They will reflect on the broader call for museums to recognize the relationship of their collections to slavery and to present-day racial injustice. Speakers include Maria Holtrop (Curator of History, Rijksmuseum), Stephanie Archangel (Junior Curator, History Department, Rijksmuseum), Diva Zumaya (Assistant Curator, European Painting and Sculpture, Los Angeles County Museum of Art), and La Tanya S. Autry (cultural organizer, co-producer of Museums Are Not Neutral, founder of the Black Liberation Center, and independent curator).

For more information and to register, please click here»

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Part 2 | De-centering/Re-centering: Forging New Museological and Historical Narratives
Friday, 16 April 2021, 1–3 pm EST

This session brings together historians and art historians whose work has, on the one hand, been grounded in art museum collections and, on the other, challenged traditional museological narratives of slavery’s legacies in the Netherlands and the Americas. Speakers include Vincent Brown (Charles Warren Professor of American History, Professor of African and African American Studies, and Founding Director of the History Design Studio, Harvard University), Pepijn Brandon (Assistant Professor of Economic and Social History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Senior Researcher, International Institute of Social History), Elmer Kolfin (Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam), and Claudia Swan (Mark Steinberg Weil Professor of Art History & Archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis).

For more information and to register, please click here»

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Part 3 | History, Memory, and Legacy: Jamaica Kincaid, Rosana Paulino, and Cheryl Finley in Conversation
Friday, 23 April 2021, 11am–noon EST

Renowned writer Jamaica Kincaid and groundbreaking visual artist Rosana Paulino will discuss their explorations of the legacies of slavery in their work. They will be joined in conversation by eminent art historian Cheryl Finley.

For more information and to register, please click here»

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Part 4 | The Work of Objects: Interpretation within and beyond Museum Walls
Friday, 23 April 2021, 1– 2:30pm EST

This session includes brief talks, followed by a roundtable discussion, by academics and museum professionals who focus on Dutch and American art and history. Speakers will discuss specific objects—ranging from the 17th to the 21st century—that have posed interpretive and museological challenges. They will also present new possibilities for considering the relationship between slavery’s past and present-day racial injustice. Speakers include Justin Brown (Ph.D. candidate, Department of the History of Art, Yale University), Ana Lucia Araujo (Full Professor and Associate Chair, Department of History, Howard University), Makeda Best (Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums), Nancy Jouwe (Chairwoman, BAK [basis voor actuele kunst] Supervisory Board, Utrecht; co-founder, Framer Framed; and co-founder, Mapping Slavery), Imara Limon (Curator, Amsterdam Museum), Adam Tessier (Barbara and Theodore Alfond Director of Interpretation, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), and Lea van der Vinde (Curator, Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis).

For more information and to register, please click here»

Online Conference | Relics and the Arts between Europe and America

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on March 18, 2021

From ArtHist.net:

Relics and the Arts between Europe and America: Debating Shared Histories
Reliquias y arte entre Europa y América: historias compartidas a debatir
Online, Universidad de los Andes UNIANDES, Bogotá, Colombia, 12–14 April 2021

Registration due by 8 April 2021

This international conference is the first to address relics from a transatlantic perspective. It aims to explore art historical issues regarding relics and reliquaries in the early modern period in the Iberian world. By bringing together papers that deal both with the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, we also wish to provide a forum for wider discussion and debate regarding the presumed ‘shared histories’ of these territories as far as concerns relics and reliquaries, objects which are as peculiar as they are inextricably tied to the Catholic societies of this age. Papers will be in English and Spanish.

This free conference is open to academics and professionals. Please register at the conference website. Note that the times are for Columbia (5 hours behind GMT).

Organización
• Luisa Elena Alcalá (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, España)
• Juan Luis González García (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, España)
• Patricia Zalamea Fajardo (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)

Comité científico
• María Berbara (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
• Carmen Fernández-Salvador Ayala (Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador)
• Escardiel González Estévez (Universidad de Sevilla, España)
• Cécile Vincent-Cassy, (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, Francia)

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8:30 Inauguración y bienvenida. Patricia Zalamea (Decana), Universidad de los Andes
Presentación del Proyecto “Spolia Sancta,” a cargo de Luisa Elena Alcalá (UAM) y Juan Luis González García (UAM)

8.40  Primera sesión: Reliquias e imágenes-reliquia
Moderan: Juan Luis González García y Luisa Elena Alcalá
• Imagen-reliquia o imágenes y reliquias en la Nueva España: funciones y funcionamientos propios y compartidos — Patricia Díaz Cayeros, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
• Divine Fragments: Image-Relics in Spanish America — Cristina Cruz González, Oklahoma State University (EEUU)
• El poder de la mirada. El caso de la Virgen del Lledó y otras imágenes-reliquia — María Elvira Mocholí Martínez, Universitat de València (España)
• Francisco de Holanda: reliquia, icono, retrato — José Riello, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (España)
• Relics and Miraculous Images in Early Modern Spain and Latin America: Religious Responses to the Plague of Locusts — Milena Viceconte, Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘Federico II’ (Italia)

11.30  Segunda sesión. Mapas de circulación
Modera: Cécile Vincent-Cassy
• Presencia y amplificación del lignum crucis en el Virreinato del Perú: elaboraciones visuales y escritas para la construcción de lo sagrado — Agustina Rodríguez Romero, UNTREF-CONICET, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
• Auge y desaparición de las reliquias en Tunja. El altar relicario de la Soledad en la iglesia de los Jesuitas, 1655–1854 — Abel Fernando Martínez Martín (Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Tunja) y Andrés Ricardo Otálora Cascante (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá)
• Presencia de corpi santi en México: análisis del proceso de circulación y materialidad de un relicario. Siglos XVIII–XIX — Gabriela Sánchez Reyes, Coordinación Nacional de Monumentos Históricos-INAH (México). Doctoranda en El Colegio de Michoacán. (México)

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8.30  Tercera sesión. Reliquias e identidad local: éxitos y fracasos
Modera: Patricia Zalamea Fajardo
• Reliquias e identidades en el virreinato del Perú (siglos XVI–XVII) — María Cruz de Carlos Varona, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (España)
• Tras las huellas de los mártires, santos y hombres insignes. Bosquejo sobre las reliquias de la iglesia catedral metropolitana de Lima (siglos XVI–XIX) — Jesús Alfaro Cruz, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
• La memoria perdida de los Santos Mártires de Cardeña en San Juan de Puerto Rico (1664–presente) — María Judith Feliciano, Independent Scholar, Nueva York (EEUU)

10.15  Cuarta sesión. Relicarios y lenguajes artísticos
Modera: Escardiel González Estévez
• A Paper Journey into a Sacred World: The Transmission of Manual Manifestations of Devotion in New World Convents — Yessica Porras, University of California, Berkeley (EEUU)
• Los relicarios de la Iglesia de San Ignacio en Bogotá — María Constanza Villalobos, Investigadora Independiente, Bogotá
• Capilla, oratorio, tesoro: algunas reflexiones en torno al relicario como espacio de íntima oración — Elsaris Nuñez Méndez, IIE, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
• Envolviendo la (in)tangible sacralidad: el retablo de la Virgen del Pilar de Quito — Carmen Fernández-Salvador Ayala, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)

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8.30  Quinta sesión. Reliquias y sus controversias: ortodoxia / heterodoxia
Moderan: Maria Berbara y Carmen Fernández-Salvador
• Reliquias del cielo: Las cuentas de Estefanía de la Encarnación y el problema de la ortodoxia — Tanya J. Tiffany, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (EEUU)
• Reliquiae maioris y reliquiae minoris. Circulación, uso y censura de reliquias en el Nuevo Reino de Granada, siglos XVI–XVIII — María Cristina Pérez Pérez, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá
• Reliquia, conversión y sometimiento. Apuntes sobre la reliquia de Pedro Claver y su función como objeto de evangelización e identidad — Darío Velandia, Uniandes, Bogotá
• Heads to Adore, Heads to Horrify — Jens Baumgarten, Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Brasil)
• Reliquaries as Nodal Objects in Transcultural Negotiation Processes — Urte Krass, Institute for Art History, Universität Bern (Suiza)

11:30  Visita virtual al Museo Colonial, Bogotá

13:00  Conclusiones y cierre

Decorative Arts Trust Announces Recipients of IDEAL Internship Grants

Posted in on site, opportunities, resources by Editor on March 17, 2021

Press release (9 March 2021) from The Decorative Arts Trust:

Samuel Whitehorne House (1811), Newport, Rhode Island. Newport Restoration Foundation bought the Federal period brick mansion in 1969. Five years later, it was opened as a public museum dedicated to 18th-century Newport furniture and related decorative arts.

The Decorative Arts Trust is pleased to announce that the Atwater Kent Collection at Drexel University; The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Backstreet Cultural Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Newport Restoration Foundation are the inaugural recipients of IDEAL Internship Grants.

Part of the Trust’s growing Emerging Scholars Program, IDEAL Internships focus on inclusivity, diversity, equity, access, and leadership. Internship grants are awarded to non-profit institutions and require a strong mentorship component.

“The Decorative Arts Trust is striving to improve access to curatorial careers for students of color as a path toward achieving systemic change,” Trust Executive Director Matthew Thurlow states. “These partners were selected based on the impact of the internship, which will offer students experience and stipends while providing the host organizations the opportunity to continue meaningful discussions about inclusion, diversity, and equity.”

Drexel University is stewarding the collection of the former Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, which closed in 2018. Drexel’s Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships is conducting a multiyear evaluation of the Atwater Kent Collection of over 133,000 works of art and other objects. The intern will focus on exhibitions highlighting little-known objects for galleries at the Peck Alumni Center and the Pearlstein Gallery.

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC), in partnership with the Backstreet Cultural Museum, seeks an intern to further the study and preservation of Mardi Gras Indian suits. The intern will catalog a newly acquired suit, document its history by interviewing the artist, plan a permanent storage solution, prepare the suit for display in an upcoming exhibition, and write an article for an online publication.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston intern will focus on a gallery reinstallation project that explores the connections between art, modern design, and jazz in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. The intern will assist with object research, develop interpretive text, lead gallery tours, and host programs to engage a range of communities with the project.

The Newport Restoration Foundation will hire an intern to analyze their collection of 18th-century furniture at the Whitehorne House Museum. The intern will work with the interpretive staff to address the absences of African-Heritage craftspeople (both enslaved and free) as well as Narragansett peoples in Colonial-era Newport’s material culture.

The Decorative Arts Trust is a non-profit organization that promotes and fosters the appreciation and study of the decorative arts through exchanging information through domestic and international programming; collaborating and partnering with museums and preservation organizations; and underwriting internships, research grants, and scholarships for graduate students and young professionals. Learn more about the Trust at decorativeartstrust.org.

Online Seminars | The Future of Country House Studies

Posted in conferences (to attend), lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on March 16, 2021

Antonio Verrio, Heaven Room, ca. 1695–96
Burghley House, Lincolnshire

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From the research day programme:

The Future of Country House Studies
Online, University of Buckingham, Tuesday, 13 April 2021

A research day organized by the University of Buckingham Humanities Research Institute—one of a series of research seminars in the history of art.

This series of postgraduate Research Days revolve around some of the main research strengths of the department of History and History of Art of the University of Buckingham: the history of collecting and the evolution of taste; the reception of the classical tradition in the art and architecture of early modern Europe; the cultural history of the long eighteenth century; and the history of materials in art and architecture.

Each Research Day involves presentations by PhD students and members of staff, followed by a seminar given by an established scholar. Their structure is intended to facilitate dialogue and exchange between scholars at different stages of their career. Sessions are open to all, free of charge. To register, please send a simple one-line email to seminars-hri@buckingham.ac.uk.

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All times listed are for the UK.

2.30pm  Session 1
Adrian Tinniswood, OBE — Fellow, Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham
The Guilt and the Gingerbread: The Country House 1945–1974

Adrian Tinniswood discusses his latest research project, Noble Ambitions, to be published by Jonathan Cape in September 2021. Adrian directs the MA in the History of the English Country House at the University of Buckingham. His most recent books include Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the Royal Household and The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House between the Wars.

3.30pm  Session 2
Michael Bentley — PhD Student, University of Buckingham
‘Properly Bestowed’: Decorum and the Mural in the English Country House, from Verrio to Thornhill, 1672–1728

To what extent was decorum a factor in the decision-making process when commissioning wall and ceiling paintings for an English country house? If not decorum, then what? New light will be shed on Adlington Hall, Sudbury Hall, and Boughton in particular.

4.30pm  Tea break

5.00pm  Session 3
Martin Postle — Deputy Director, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Yale University
Collection and Display: Art and the Country House Digital Project

Martin Postle discusses the Mellon Centre’s latest digital project. Art & the Country House, launched in autumn 2020, is an online publication focused on the collection and display of works of art in the country house in Britain from the sixteenth century to the present day. Eight case studies (Castle Howard, Doddington Hall, Mells Manor, Mount Stuart, Petworth House, Raynham Hall, Trewithen, and West Wycombe) relate to a broad range of research topics and give a varied set of examples, in terms of geographical location, scale, patterns of ownership, chronologies, collections, and displays.

Call for Papers | Painted Ceilings in Europe

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 15, 2021

From ArtHist.net (where the French version is available). . .

Painted Ceilings in Europe, 14th–21st Centuries: Forms, Functions, Fictions
Plafonds Peints en Europe, XIVe–XXIe Siècles: Formes, Fonctions, Fictions
Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte (DFK), Paris, 2–3 December 2021

Proposals due by 31 May 2021

Organisé par le Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art-DFK (Paris), la Ludwig Maximilian Universität (Munich) et l’université de Bourgogne (LIR3S, CNRS, UMR 7366)

Emerging in the Middle Ages and then becoming in the Early Modern period one of the most important spaces for the development of painting, interior decoration, and representations of power, painted ceilings have represented prestigious artworks to this day, implementing its own poetics and symbolism.

From the beams of medieval castles to the ceilings of town halls, through the vaults of Baroque galleries and the domes of churches and theaters, ceiling painting constitutes a parallel history to that of the easel painting. Although the period from the 16th to the 19th century represents a privileged moment of the painted ceiling, its origins in medieval times (Bourrin Bernardi, 2009 ; Fern, 2016) and its more recent developments (Bianchi, 2016) deserve to be also considered, due to various identical problematics.

This critical object of art history has experienced a recent resurgence of interest from researchers in both the medieval and modern and contemporary periods, as evidenced by the creation of an international association for research on medieval framework structures and painted ceilings (RCPPM), investigations outreach to sites outside Europe (Raggi, 2017 ; Bailey, 2018), and the ceiling commission from Cy Twombly for the Louvre in 2010. While the research field has been consequently broadened geographically and chronologically, it has also included new problematics, beyond the representation of power (Milovanovic, 2005). The current survey takes more into consideration the site’s specificity through the eye of a mobile spectator (Alpers, Baxandall, 1994); illusionism beyond classical and baroque, as an effective rhetoric (Scott, 1991); and the issue of propaganda and artistic identity (Oy-Marra, 2016). Recent research has favored monographic approaches in the different countries of Europe (see selective bibliography): it is now relevant to situate these studies within a European horizon.

This conference will examine both case studies and general reflections, taking advantage of recent research contributions from a cross-history perspective. Four lines of thought (which may be intertwined in the papers) are envisioned:
1. Challenges of the painted ceiling: what to expect from a painted ceiling?
2. Powers of the image: how does a large decor work?
3. Decoration temporalities: appropriations, retrospective views, re-uses and misappropriations, historiographies.
4. Digital and research: contributions of new visualization and reconstruction techniques

To submit a paper (which will be limited to 20 minutes), please send an abstract no more than 500-word long in English, French, German, or Italian, along with a short 100-word biography, before May 31, 2021, to plafondspeintsfff@gmail.com. The conference will be held in Paris, with the presence of the participants, or as a virtual event, pending future sanitary measures. It is planned to allow much time to discussions and to organize sites’ visits.

Organizing Committee: Olivier Bonfait (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, LIR3S), Matteo Burioni (Corpus « Deckenmalerei », Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich), Bénédicte Gady (musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris), Thomas Kirchner (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte-Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art, Paris), Matthieu Lett (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, LIR3S)

Call for Submissions | Horowitz Book Prize

Posted in opportunities by Editor on March 15, 2021

From Bard Graduate Center:

The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize
For titles on the decorative arts or material culture of the Americas published in 2019 or 2020

Submissions must be postmarked by 1 April 2021

Bard Graduate Center welcomes submissions for the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize, awarded annually to the best book on the decorative arts, design history, or material culture of the Americas. The prize will reward scholarly excellence and commitment to cross-disciplinary conversation. Eligible titles include monographs, exhibition catalogues, and collections of essays in any language, published in print or in digital format. The winning author(s) or editor(s) will be chosen by a committee of Bard Graduate Center faculty and will be honored with a symposium on the subject of the book. Submissions must have a 2019 or 2020 publication date.

Three copies of each print title should be sent to the below address along with an entry submission form. For digital publications, please email a copy of the form along with a link to the publication and a PDF of the publication to horowitz.prize@bgc.bard.edu.

Horowitz Book Prize Committee
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024

Submissions must be postmarked by 1 April 2021. There is no limit to the number of submissions, but please note we are unable to return items submitted for review. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Shipping is the responsibility of the applicant and we are not able to confirm receipt of submissions. The winning title will be announced in late summer 2021. For questions, contact Laura Minsky, Associate Director of Research Programs, at horowitz.prize@bgc.bard.edu.

Online Talks from London Art Week, March 2021

Posted in Art Market, lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on March 14, 2021

John Carter, View of the Library at Strawberry Hill, watercolour, 23.7 × 28.8 cm, from Horace Walpole, A Description of the Villa … at Strawberry-Hill (Strawberry Hill, 1784). The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

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From the press release (via Art Daily) for this month’s Art History in Focus series:

London Art Week’s Art History in Focus
March 2021

Last October, London Art Week introduced a new series of interim online events, Art History in Focus. Another impressive line-up of insightful and lively talks is scheduled for March. All events will take place from 17.00 to 18.00 GMT.

16 March — The Female Artists, Actresses, and Playwrights of Strawberry Hill Theatricals

Introduced and moderated by Emanuela Tarizzo (Gallery Director of Tomasso Brothers Fine Art), this webinar will explore the role of female artists, actresses, and playwrights involved with theatre at Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill. The session will address illustrations of Walpole’s scandalous gothic play The Mysterious Mother by the artist Diana Beauclerk and the closet built to house them at Strawberry Hill. It will also touch on Walpole’s literary executor Mary Berry’s play Fashionable Friends, performed at Strawberry Hill with sets designed by her sister Agnes and with herself and the sculptor Anne Damer in the leading roles. Damer had a close relationship with the famous actress Eliza Farren, re-imagined in Emma Donoghue’s historical novel Life Mask.

Speakers include Judith Hawley (Professor of English, Royal Holloway, University of London), Cynthia Roman (Curator, Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University), and Laura Engel (Professor of English, Duquesne University).

23 March — Medieval Women: Subjects and Makers of Art

Arranged with Sam Fogg in conjunction with their online exhibition Medieval Women: Subjects and Makers of Art (25 February – 31 March 2021), the session provides a tour of the exhibition in its gallery setting, accompanied by commentary and an in-depth look at select individual works. With Jana Gajdošová of Sam Fogg, curator of the Medieval Women exhibition, and Alexandra Gajewski FSA, reviews editor at The Burlington Magazine and from 2010 to 2015, senior researcher at the CSIC in Madrid on a European Research Council funded project called Reassessing the Roles of Women as Makers of Medieval Art and Architecture.

24 March — Dürer’s Journeys

An in-depth discussion of the much-heralded National Gallery exhibition Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist (opening soon) with Imogen Tedbury (National Gallery), Anthony Crichton-Stuart (Agnews), and Katrin Bellinger (Collector and Founder, Tavolozza Foundation). Dr. Tedbury is the Simon Sainsbury Curatorial Fellow for Paintings before 1500 at the National Gallery, where she is currently working on Dürer’s Journeys. Katrin Bellinger began collecting in 1985 in parallel to her career as a dealer in Old Master drawings; she was a partner at Colnaghi until the Gallery was sold in 2015. Fascinated by the artistic process and the mystique surrounding it, she chose to focus on one theme of the artist at work. She is a Trustee of the National Gallery and sits on the Board of the Tate.

25 March — Thomas Lawrence: Coming of Age

Amina Wright, author of a new book on Thomas Lawrence’s first twenty-five years, discusses the early works of this young prodigy with LAW dealers Lowell Libson (Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd) and Ben Elwes (Ben Elwes Fine Art). Both galleries have recently handled early works by Lawrence that will feature in a forthcoming online exhibition at the website of the Holburne Museum in Bath entitled Thomas Lawrence: Coming of Age. Registrants to this talk can benefit from a discount on the book of the same title written by Amina Wright (Philip Wilson Publishers).

29 March — The Impact of the 20th Century on Women Artists

Florrie Evans and Jo Baring discuss the views and barriers surrounding women artists in 20th-century Britain. In 1955 a review in The Times described Elisabeth Frink’s first solo show as “Here is a sculptor of rare promise, indeed of rare quality, for Miss Frink’s handling of the problems of sculptural form is such that one has to make no allowances for her youth, or her sex.” This will be a reference point for the talk in which Jo will focus on women sculptors in particular, and Florrie will look at some of the key female artists handled by The Fine Art Society.

London Art Week, 1–16 July 2021

London Art Week will take place as a dual aspect event: online in a digital format, allowing participants from across the globe to take part, and as physical exhibitions in galleries as local guidelines allow.

A new introduction to LAW Digital Summer 2021 will be Revolution and Renewal, an online themed exhibition. London Art Week is delighted to welcome as guest curator the art historian, curator, and scholar Arturo Galansino, Director General of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Well-known among the London Art Week community, Dr. Galansino has been invited to curate this special exhibition by the LAW Board who have long admired his exceptional track record in curating and co-curating incredible shows spanning Old Masters to contemporary art: from Moroni, Giorgione and Rubens at the Royal Academy to Ai Weiwei, Bill Viola and Marina Abramović at the Palazzo Strozzi. “It will be interesting to see what thread, narrow or broad, he weaves from the submitted works to Revolution and Renewal,” comments Amelia Higgins, Director, London Art Week.

“The online exhibition will have its own section on the LAW website,” explains Luce Garrigues, Director, London Art Week Digital, “and all participants will be invited to submit a work on the theme for consideration by Dr. Galansino. As a collegial, curator-led exhibition, Arturo will select his highlights and write his own introduction on the theme. To give our dealers greater voice, we will be asking each participant to explain why they submit their chosen work.”

Exhibition | Thomas Lawrence: Coming of Age

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on March 14, 2021

From The Holburne Museum:

Thomas Lawrence: Coming of Age
The Holburne Museum, Bath, 9 January — 3 May 2021 (currently closed)

When he arrived in Bath in 1780, aged just eleven, Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830) was already being hailed as a prodigy in the mould of Renaissance masters such as Raphael, Dürer, and Michelangelo. The Holburne Museum’s new exhibition, Thomas Lawrence: Coming of Age, focuses on works made when the artist was between the ages of ten and twenty-two, giving visitors fresh insights into the early development of one of Britain’s greatest portrait painters and the range of his uniquely prodigious talent. The show includes some of Lawrence’s earliest and most brilliant works in pencil, pastel, and oil—several of which have been rarely seen in public.

When the Royal Academy’s 22nd annual exhibition opened in April 1790, its most sensational paintings included twelve portraits by Lawrence. Visitors and critics could scarcely believe that the artist was only 20 (he was due to celebrate his 21st birthday the following week); in fact, one reviewer published Lawrence’s birth certificate to prove that the creator of several of the exhibition’s most outstanding and original works had yet to come of age.

The Holburne exhibition presents fifteen works, following the future President of the Royal Academy over a period of twelve years, from childhood to his early-twenties. Seven of these years were spent in Bath, where he learned the professional skills of a portrait painter, and five in London where, despite his youth, he produced some of his most brilliant and memorable work. The show begins in 1779 as Lawrence, the Bristol-born son of an innkeeper from Devizes in Wiltshire, makes his debut as a child prodigy in Oxford. It follows him to the competitive and colourful world of Bath, where he made friends with actors such as David Garrick and writers, including the famed diarist Fanny Burney, and other influential patrons. Bath being Bath, his sitters included some of the most famous and glamorous members of British high society, including the legendary Georgiana Spencer, later Duchess of Devonshire, whose 1782 pastel on paper portrait has been kindly loaned to the exhibition by the Chatsworth House Trust. The story ends in the early 1790s shortly before his election as a full member of the Royal Academy, aged 25.

Thomas Lawrence, Head of Minerva, 1779, pencil drawing (Private Collection).

Lawrence had demonstrated an aptitude for sketching when he was around the age of four and had begun producing saleable work aged six. It is known from the few surviving early portraits that he began working in graphite pencil, drawing quick, small-scale head and shoulder profiles on vellum. Coming of Age features several such portraits: the earliest, a Head of Minerva (private collection) made in 1779 during his brief sojourn in Oxford; an accomplished and imaginative profile portrait of his sister Anne (British Museum), drawn in 1781; and a sketch of his cousin, Miss Hammond (British Museum), made in the same year, vividly capturing the young girl’s character and energy.

The artist’s father, recognising his son’s artistic gifts, had taken Thomas to Oxford and London on something of a promotional tour. It was in the capital that Lawrence met the preeminent English painter and President of the Royal Academy, Sir Joshua Reynolds, who is said to have pronounced the youngster as his successor and, according to Fanny Burney’s account from 1780: “The most promising genius he had ever met with.”

Lawrence’s father was declared bankrupt in 1779, and the family relocated to Bath, a thriving city with a wealthy and fashionable society, which would afford the putative artist ample opportunity to demonstrate his skills and make money.

Near the time of his eighteenth birthday, Lawrence moved to London where, despite his youth, he produced some of his most brilliant and memorable work, a fine example of which is the Holburne’s own preparatory sketch for a portrait (now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), of Arthur Atherley (1791). Five years after leaving Bath, Lawrence exhibited his final three-quarter-length portrait of Arthur Atherley at the Royal Academy. At the time, he was just three years older than his nineteen-year-old sitter, who had recently left Eton College. The Holburne portrait of Atherley is both striking and memorable, showing the determined the youngster as he launches into the adult world.

Thomas Lawrence, Portrait of Elizabeth Carter, pastel on vellum, ca. 1788–89, 35 × 30 cm (London: National Portrait Gallery).

Coming of Age charts Lawrence’s development as an artist, showing his use of different materials and burgeoning technical craft. As his ability in oil and chalk grew, he gradually abandoned pastel portraits. His last and best head in crayons is a likeness of the elderly classical scholar Elizabeth Carter (ca. 1788–89, National Portrait Gallery). Carter was renowned as a woman of exceptional intellectual powers and also possessed great warmth as a person, which Lawrence’s portrait evokes, revealing her combination of the cerebral and the grandmotherly, deftly using pastel to convey the soft plumpness of her face and the elaborately trimmed and starched cap, while her thoughtful expression suggests a mind tuned to higher things.

The Holburne’s Director, Chris Stephens, says: “Thomas Lawrence did as much as any other artist, before or after him, to define the age in which he lived. The Holburne is renowned for celebrating local creativity and bringing the best of world art to the region, and this is perfectly encapsulated in the study of Thomas Lawrence’s youthful works, a true Bath story. He is our very own answer to Raphael. The exhibition was inspired by our acquisition of one of Lawrence’s greatest works, his Portrait of Arthur Atherley, 1791. It is one of a number of portraits by Lawrence of young men, and women, in their late teens, on the cusp of adulthood. This is, perhaps, a unique phenomenon of an artist portraying young adulthood when he was, himself, not much older than the sitters. It is around this idea of young people facing a rite of passage, confronting the hopes and fears of leaving adolescence for adulthood, that we find some of the contemporary resonances in Lawrence’s art.”

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Amina Wright, Thomas Lawrence: Coming of Age (London: Philip Wilson Publishers, 2021), 112 pages, ISBN: 978-1781300947, £18.

C O N T E N T S

Acknowledgements
Foreword

Introduction
1  Portrait of the Artist as a Young Prodigy
2  Striking Likenesses
3  Old Masters and New Horizons
4  Risking my Reputation
5  The Most Hazardous Step
6  Gleams of Power

Notes
Select Bibliography
Image Credits
Index

Exhibition | Canaletto: Painting Venice

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on March 14, 2021

Canaletto, Grand Canal looking East from Palazzo Bembo to Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi, 1733–36
(Woburn Abbey Collection)

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From The Holburne Museum:

Canaletto: Painting Venice
The Holburne Museum, Bath, 22 January — 5 September 2021

In 2021, the Holburne Museum in Bath will present the most important set of paintings of Venice by Canaletto (1697–1768), which will leave their home at Woburn Abbey—one of world’s most important private art collections—for the first time in more than 70 years. This once in a lifetime exhibition will enable art lovers to enjoy and study up-close twenty-three beautiful paintings, in a fascinating exhibition that also explores Canaletto’s life and work, alongside themes of 18th-century Venice and the Grand Tour. This is one of the rare occasions that any of the successive Dukes of Bedford and Trustees of the Bedford Estates have lent the set of paintings since they arrived in Britain from Canaletto in the 1730s.

The pictures were commissioned by the 4th Duke of Bedford, who was evidently attracted by Canaletto’s burgeoning reputation for producing precise and atmospheric views of the Italian city’s most iconic views and landmarks. The Duke, then Lord John Russell, was in Venice on the Grand Tour in 1731, and presumably met Joseph Smith, Canaletto’s newly appointed agent, who was a Venetian resident and later British consul there. Three bills from Smith to the Duke survive in the family papers; dated 1733, 1735, and 1736, they add up to just over £188 (about £16,000 today), and must be incomplete, judging from what we know of the prices Canaletto commanded.

Created over a four-year period, when the artist was at the pinnacle of his career, the Woburn Abbey paintings are the largest set of paintings that Canaletto ever produced, and much the largest that has remained together. The Holburne exhibition provides a unique and unprecedented opportunity to see these exceptional paintings at viewing height, as they normally hang three high in the setting in the Dining Room they have occupied at Woburn since the late eighteenth century. The set features not only classic views of the Grand Canal and the Piazza S. Marco but also some of the city’s less well-known nooks and crannies, rarely captured by other artists and revealing new historical and cultural perspectives on Venice in its last decades as the ‘most serene Republic’.

Combining both his eye for accuracy and composition, Canaletto: Painting Venice celebrates some of La Serenissima’s most recognisable views, whilst also referring to the city’s historical importance as a trading centre, not least with the Ottoman Empire and other eastern nations.

To complement the show, the Holburne will also host Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld, an exhibition of ten highlights from The Courtauld’s world-class collection of medieval Islamic metalwork. This exceptional group of objects date from the 13th to the 16th centuries and are some of the finest examples of this intricate craft from the Middle East. The most spectacular piece in the show is the Courtauld Bag, made in Mosul (present-day northern Iraq) in around 1300-30 for a noble lady of the Persian-Mongol court. It is recognised as one of the finest pieces of Islamic inlaid metalwork in existence and the only surviving object of its kind. The display will also include two Venetian artefacts, a dish with arms of the Giustiniani or Sagredo families (ca. 1530–50) and a pair of candlesticks (early 16th century), exploring the role of Venice as a pivotal juncture between the East and West.

“Woburn Abbey is currently undergoing its biggest refurbishment since it first opened to the public in 1955. The renovations have therefore provided an ideal opportunity for The Duke and Duchess of Bedford generously to share a selection of Woburn’s greatest treasures with a wider audience, so they can be enjoyed in a different context with new narratives,” explains the Holburne’s Director, Chris Stephens. “We are honoured that this wonderful, unrivalled set of Canaletto paintings will come to the Holburne, the perfect setting for visitors to study the paintings closely in way that has never been possible before. It is very exciting to think that they are leaving the dining room in Woburn Abbey for the first time in more than 70 years.”

Online Panel | An Irish Odyssey

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on March 13, 2021

Francis Wheatley, The Earl of Aldborough Reviewing Volunteers at Belan House, County Kildare, 1782 (later changes ca.1787 and extended ca.1810), oil on canvas, 155 × 265 cm (National Trust, Waddesdon Manor, bequeathed by James de Rothschild, 1957).

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From The Attingham Trust’s spring lectures series:

An Irish Odyssey
The Attingham Trust for the Study of Historic Houses and Collections
Online, Tuesday, 16 March 2021, 6pm GMT

A virtual tour of Irish historic houses in film and music, followed by a live panel discussion with Terence Dooley (Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates), Mary Heffernan (Office of Public Works), Donough Cahill (Irish Georgian Society), and Fionnuala Ardee (Historic Houses of Ireland), hosted by Study Programme Director Elizabeth Jamieson

To register for this event, please click here. The event is free to attend, but there are options to purchase a donation ticket. All proceeds raised for The Attingham Trust will go directly to the Scholarship Fund and are gratefully received. You must be registered in order to receive the link.

NB. A day before the event the webinar link will come from The Attingham Trust, not Eventbrite. If you do not receive it or have any questions, please email Rebecca: rebecca.parker@attinghamtrust.org.

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