Online Talk | Paweł Gołyźniak on Philipp von Stosch

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on April 17, 2022

From The Wallace Collection:

Paweł Gołyźniak, Philipp von Stosch and His Circle: Collecting and Studying of Ancient Engraved Gems, from Antiquarianism to Proto-Archaeology
Online, The Wallace Collection, London, 25 April 2022, 17.30 (BST)

Paweł Gołyźniak’s research traces and examines Philipp von Stosch’s (1691–1757) collecting, antiquarian, and scholarly activities in terms of engraved gems on the basis of the unknown pictorial (drawings) and archival sources. The discovery of nearly 2300 unknown gem drawings in the Princes Czartoryski Museum in Krakow gives an opportunity to present him as one of the most instrumental figures of 18th-century antiquarianism. The seminar will discuss Stosch’s outstanding collection of intaglios and glass gems, and most importantly his scholarly projects: starting from his celebrated book Gemmae antiquae caelatae published in 1724 in Amsterdam, through to his attempts to write a supplement to that study, documentation of his own collection of gems and other European gem cabinets, and, finally, the virtually unknown project Histoire universaille, meant to reflect history, mythologies, and customs of the ancient Egyptians, Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans, combined with a reconstruction of the history of glyptic art.

For all his enterprises, Stosch commissioned large quantities of drawings that were produced in a truly archaeological vein with attention paid to such issues as material, form, right proportions, state of preservation, provenance, etc. of the reproduced gems. Often the gems received extensive commentaries explaining their iconography and providing analogies in sculpture, reliefs, wall paintings, and coins. Relevant passages in ancient literary sources were also referenced. The study of Stosch’s scholarly activities advances our understanding of emergence of archaeology as a scientific discipline. The discovered pictorial documentation provokes us to hypothesise that Stosch, his collecting, and scholarly enterprises greatly inspired and influenced Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717–1768) in writing his first synthesis of ancient art (Geschichte der Kunst des Alterthums) published in 1764.

This talk will be hosted online through Zoom and The Wallace Collection’s YouTube channel.

Pawel Golyzniak is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Archaeology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow.


Lecture Series | 2022 Wallace Seminars on Collections and Collecting

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on April 17, 2022

This year’s Wallace Seminar Series on Collections and Collecting:

2022 Wallace Collection Seminars on the History of Collections and Collecting
Online and/or In-Person (depending upon session), The Wallace Collection, London, last Monday of most months

Established in 2006, The Seminars in the History of Collecting series helps fulfil The Wallace Collection’s commitment to the research and study of the history of collections and collecting, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries in Paris and London. Seminars are normally held on the last Monday of each month, excluding August and December. They act as a forum for the presentation and discussion of new research into the history of collecting, and are open to curators, academics, historians, archivists and all those with an interest in the subject. Each seminar is 45–60 minutes long, with time for Q&A.

Book your place via the Wallace Collection website. Bookings will open a few weeks before each seminar. A detailed summary of each forthcoming seminar will be provided around the same time. Please also check the website nearer the time to find out whether the seminar will be held in person at the Wallace Collection, or online via Zoom.

Monday, 17 January
Lelia Packer (Curator of Dutch, Italian, Spanish, German, and Pre-1600 Paintings, The Wallace Collection), The Laughing Cavalier, the ‘Mad Marquis’, and the Revival of Frans Hals

Monday, 28 February
Malika Zekhni (PhD Candidate, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge), Between Empires and beyond Labels: Collecting and Presenting Central Asia in British Museums

Monday, 28 March
John D. Ward (Head of Silver and Vertu Department, Sotheby’s, New York), The Lost George J. Gould Collection and the Beginning of Duveen Taste in America

Monday, 25 April
Paweł Gołyźniak (Research Fellow, Department of Classical Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland), Philipp von Stosch (1691–1757) and His Circle: Collecting and Studying of Ancient Engraved Gems, from Antiquarianism to Proto-Archaeology

Monday, 30 May
Simon Kelly (Curator and Head of Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Saint Louis Art Museum), Collector, Photographer, Art Critic: The Multiple Roles of Paul Casimir-Périer (1812–1897)

Monday, 27 June
John E. Davies (Independent Scholar), Ancient and Modern: The Collecting Habit of John Campbell, First Baron Cawdor (1755–1821)

Monday, 25 July
Felicity Myrone (Lead Curator, Western Prints and Drawings, British Library, London), Prints and Drawings at the British Library: Revealing Hidden Collections

Monday, 26 September
Feng Schöneweiß (PhD Candidate, University of Heidelberg), Provenancing the Dragoon Vases: Porcelain, Architecture, and Monumentality in German Antiquarianism, 1700–1933

Monday, 31 October
Rosie Razzall (Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust, London), Paul Sandby’s Collection of Drawings

Monday, 28 November
Tom Hardwick (Consulting Curator of Egyptology, Houston Museum of Natural Science), Wonderfully Expensive Things: Howard Carter and the Market for Egyptian Art, 1920–1940

Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellowship, 2022–23

Posted in fellowships by Editor on April 17, 2022

From the Paul Mellon Centre:

Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellowship
The British School at Rome, three months between September 2022 and July 2023

Applications due by 29 April 2022

The Rome Fellowship offers one individual the opportunity to research in Rome for three months, whilst being hosted by the British School at Rome (BSR). Whilst based at the BSR the Fellow will have access to their have a specialist library with c. 110,000 volumes, their rich collection of maps and rare prints, as well as the photographic archive which includes prints and negatives of rare and unique collections.

The Fellowship provides residential accommodation and meals at the BSR, which hosts some 35 individuals at any one time, from academics and fine artists who have all won awards to spend an extended period in Rome. There is a big sense of community at the BSR with fellows and residents encouraged to take part in the vibrant life, from communal dining to events. A recent Rome Fellow said that his time in Rome was enhanced by the “the extraordinary intellectual, creative, and supporting environment of the BSR.”

To be eligible to apply for the Rome Fellowship you must be an individual who is working on a topic British-Italian art or architectural history and who requires dedicated time in Rome to visit collections, libraries, archives, or historic sites. The scope is relatively wide, please contact the Fellowships & Grants Manager with any questions regarding topic eligibility.

The individual needs to be able to take up the Fellowship for three months between September 2022 – July 2023 and applications are open to scholars, researchers, curators, archivists and GLAM professionals from any country but who must be willing to engage with the Italian language (lessons will be included if needed). Alongside receiving free accommodation and meals, there will be an honorarium awarded to the individual.

Applications are now open and will close at midnight on 29 April. References are due by Thursday, 5 May. The successful applicant will be notified by the end of May.

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