The Burlington Magazine, August 2022

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions, journal articles, obituaries, reviews by Editor on September 13, 2022

The August issue of The Burlington is rich for the eighteenth century, including Karin Wolfe’s obituary for Christopher Johns (details for his memorial service, on 17 September, are emerging here).

The Burlington Magazine 164 (August 2022)


• Gauvin Alexander Bailey, “A Borromini-Inspired Church Plan in Eighteenth-Century Lima,” pp. 740–51.
Built in 1758–66, the Church of Los Huérfanos, Lima, is unique in Spanish South America for its oval plan. Its designer is her identified as a master builder, Cristóbal de Vergas, who was inspired by prints of Francesco Borromini’s S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Rome, exemplifying the revival of interest during the Rococo perios in Roman Baroque precedents.

• Adam Bowett, “The Floral Marquetry Floor at Burghley House,” pp. 752–59.
The possibility that five pieces of eighteenth-century furniture at Burghley House, Stamford, incorporate maquetry made for a floor in the house c.1685 is here confirmed by references in inventories. The marquetry can be linked to furniture in the Royal Collection, raising the possibility that the floor was mdade by Gerrit Jensen incorporating marquetry supplied by Jasper Braems.

• François Marandet, “A Modello by Louis Laguerre and the Programme of the Painted Hall at Chatsworth,” pp. 760–67.
With the help of a recently discovered modello, the subject of Louis Laguerre’s monumental painting on the east wall of the Painted Hall, Chatsworth, is here identified as Augustus Ordering the Closing of the Doors of the Temple of Janus. This allows the political allegory of the room’s decoration, completed in 1694, to be fully understood for the first time.


• Neil Jeffares, “Pastels in the Pandemic,” pp. 780–87.
The notoriously fragile medium of pastel has not been out of the public eye during the difficult circumstances of the past two years. Exhibition in San Francisco and Munich and a biography of Rosalba Carriera invite comparisons between the major pastellists of the eighteenth century: Joseph Vivien, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, and Jean-Étienne Liotard, as well as Carriera.

• Reinier Baarsen, Review of Calin Demetrescu, Les ébénistes de la Couronne sous le règne de Louis XIV (La Bibliothèque des Arts, 2021), pp. 818–19.

• Daniel Fulco, Review of Andreas Schumacher, ed., Venezianische Malerei: Staatsgalerie in der Residenz Würzburg (Schnell & Steiner, 2021), pp. 819–21.

• Howard Coutts, Review of Patricia Ferguson, ed., Pots, Prints, and Politics: Ceramics with an Agenda, from the 14th to the 20th Century (British Museum Press, 2021), pp. 821–22.

• Sophie Rhodes, Review of Tessa Murdoch, Europe Divided: Huguenot Refugee Art and Culture (V&A Museum, 2021), pp. 827–28.

• Patrick Bade, Review of Charles Dellheim, Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern (Brandeis University Press, 2021), p. 828.


• Karin Wolfe, Obituary for Christopher M.S. Johns (1955–2022), pp. 829–31.
Professor of History of Art at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, since 2003, Christopher M.S. Johns published widely on Italian art of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His determination to demonstrate the falsity of the belief that the settecento was a period of cultural decline had a substantial influence on both scholarship and academic curricula.



Material and Visual Culture Seminar Series, Fall 2022

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on September 13, 2022

From ArtHist.net:

Material and Visual Culture Seminar Series, 17th and 18th Centuries
Online, University of Edinburgh, 28 September — 7 December 2022

Each session we’ll hear from two speakers, sharing their research on, and approaches to, the study of 17th- and 18th-century material and visual culture. From reassessing how the work of female artists is read, to European visualisation of Latin America, and the exchange of objects, this year’s programme covers a broad range of topics. We aim to make a space in which these rich histories can be explored from varied disciplines to enhance our research practices. We’ll be meeting on Wednesdays, 5–6pm GMT, online using Zoom. See Eventbrite to register, view speaker abstracts, receive the joining link and reminders. Registration closes 40 minutes before seminar start time. Please contact materialcultureresearcheca@ed.ac.uk with any queries.

28 September | Approaching Identities
Chair: Georgia Vullinghs
• Emma Pearce
• Ailsa Maxwell

12 October | Patronage and Person under the Stuarts
Chair: Catriona Murray
• Sarah Hutcheson
• Megan Shaw

26 October | Baroque Devotional Visual Culture
Chair: Carol Richardson
• Lucía Jalón Oyarzun
• Sandra Costa Saldanha

9 November | Pasteboard and Printing Plates: Elusive Objects
Chair: Molly Ingham
• Chiara Betti
• Lucy Razzall

23 November | The Social Life of … Tea
Chair: Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth
• Anna Myers
• Lucy Powell

7 December | The Materiality of Making
Chair: Viccy Coltman
• Kerry Love
• Alejandro Octavio Nodarse

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