Conference | Cardinal Alessandro Albani

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on November 13, 2019

From ArtHist.net:

Cardinal Alessandro Albani: Collecting, Dealing, and Diplomacy in Grand Tour Europe
Collezionismo, diplomazia ed il mercato nell’Europa del Grand Tour
British School at Rome / Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale
, 11–13 December 2019

Organised by Clare Hornsby and Mario Bevilacqua

The British School at Rome and the Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e l’Immagine di Roma present Cardinal Alessandro Albani: Collecting, Dealing, and Diplomacy in Grand Tour Europe. Exploring the multifaceted life and career of Cardinal Alessandro Albani (1692–1779), the conference will bring together an international range of art historians alongside scholars of related humanistic disciplines to open a new chapter on the multifaceted life and career of the ‘Father of the Grand Tour’.

The two keynote lectures on Wednesday evening, 11th December at BSR, will be given by the noted senior scholars Carlo Gasparri and Salvatore Settis, curators of The Torlonia Marbles: Collecting Masterpieces, the spring 2020 exhibition of antique sculpture from the famed collections of the Torlonia family in Rome who own the Villa Albani Torlonia and the antiquities collected there by Cardinal Alessandro Albani.

The conference has groups of papers on different themes relating to Alessandro Albani’s life and career including his private life, his association with scholars and artists—particularly Johann Joachim Winckelmann and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, his diplomatic and political associations, his dealing and networking in the European art market and of course his antiquities collections—both those he sold and his third collection which remains largely intact at Villa Albani Torlonia in Rome. His particular connection with the British—both as Grand Tourists in Rome and politically as allies of the papacy —is a focus of this conference, notably the sale of his vast drawings collection including the Cassiano del Pozzo ‘Paper Museum’ to the English King George III through the dealing efforts of the architect brothers Robert and James Adam. His commission to the architect Carlo Marchionni for the new Villa outside the northern walls of Rome to house his collection and as a location to host parties for foreign dignitaries is also examined.

This conference is taking place only a few months before the long-awaited exhibition of the private Torlonia collection opens in Rome—a collection where many Albani objects have been kept—no doubt this gathering of researchers including both established and younger scholars from a variety of disciplines and international backgrounds will provide a valuable focus for discussion of the future directions for study and research on this most important figure of the Roman 18th century.

On Thursday 12th at BSR there will be a presentation by Adriano Aymonino and Colin Thom introducing the Adam letters digital publication project and a display of Albani-related rare books and early photographs of Villa Albani from the BSR library and archive collections alongside the volumes of The Paper Museum of Cassiano del Pozzo: A Catalogue Raisonné, published by the Royal Collection Trust.

The conference is open to all without charge; registration is welcome though not obligatory: albaniconvegno@gmail.com. An edited and expanded volume of essays based on the conference papers is planned. The conference is generously sponsored by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and we thank our partners the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma, the Fondazione Torlonia, and the Royal Collection Trust.

Conference Coordination
Mario Bevilacqua, Direttore, Centro di Studi sulla Cultura e l’Immagine di Roma
Clare Hornsby, Research Fellow, British School at Rome

Honorary Committee
Elisa Debenedetti, Andrea De Pasquale, Marcello Fagiolo, Carlo Gasparri, Barbara Jatta,
Tim Knox, Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, Stephen Milner, Martin Postle.

Scientific Committee
Mario Bevilacqua, Amanda Claridge, Clare Hornsby, Ian Jenkins, Harriet O’Neill,
Susanna Pasquali, Jonny Yarker

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British School at Rome

18.00  Stephen Milner (Director BSR), Welcome

18.15  Keynote Address
• Carlo Gasparri, La collezione di sculture antiche in Villa Albani a Roma: Una storia ancora da scrivere

18.40  Keynote Address
• Salvatore Settis, Lo specchio dei principi: Fra Villa Albani e il Museo Torlonia

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British School at Rome

9.30  Social and Cultural History
Chair: Adriano Aymonino
• Angela Cipriani, Il cardinale Alessandro Albani nei manoscritti del Diario di Romannella Biblioteca Casanatense, 1762–73
• Heather Hyde Minor, Winckelmann and Albani: Text and Pretext
• Ginevra Odone, Rivalità e gelosie tra antiquari: Il Conte di Caylus, il cardinale Alessandro Albani e i loro intermediari
• Brigitte Kuhn-Forte, Alessandro Albani e Winckelmann

10.45  Discussion and coffee break

11.30  Art and Diplomacy
Chair: Susanna Pasquali
• Maëlig Chauvin, Il cardinale Alessandro Albani e i regali diplomatici: l’arte al servizio della politica
• Susanne Mueller-Bechtel, Il principe ereditario di Sassonia Federico Cristiano, Alessandro Albani e le arti
• Matteo Borchia, I vantaggi della diplomazia: Alessandro Albani protettore di artisti tra Roma e l’Europa

12.15  Discussion followed by a lunch break

14.00  Art and Collecting: Museo Cartaceo
Chair: Clare Hornsby
• Adriano Aymonino and Colin Thom, Introducing the Adam Letters Project
• Lisa Beaven, Fashioning a New Classical Aesthetic: Camillo Massimo, Alessandro Albani, and the Palace at the Quattro Fontane
• Francesca Favaro, Il privilegio di copiare: Apprendere l’architettura nella biblioteca di Alessandro Albani. Le copie prodotte da B.A. Vittone (1704–1770)
• Rea Alexandratos, Albani Drawings and Prints in the British Royal Collection: George III’s Purchase of 1762

15.15  Discussion and coffee break

16.00  Painting
Chair: Maria Celeste Cola
• Robin Simon, The Significance of Alessandro Albani’s Patronage of Richard Wilson
• Steffi Roettgen, ‘Noi non siamo venuti che per vedere il Parnasso di Mengs’: Note sul complesso rapporto del pittore sassone con il cardinale Albani

17.00  Discussion and close

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Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale

9.30  Archives, Library, and Literature
Chair: Andrea de Pasquale

• Andrea de Pasquale, Introduction to the session
• Alviera Bussotti, Alessandro Albani mecenate delle lettere
• Brunella Paolini, Alessandro Albani nell’archivio di famiglia di Villa Imperiale a Pesaro
• Antonio Becchi, Bibliotheca Albana Romana: Documenti inediti e prospettive di ricerca

10.30  Discussion and coffee break

11.15  Architecture: Villa and Architect
Chair: Marcello Fagiolo
• Susanna Pasquali, Phases of Construction at Villa Albani: What We Know So Far
• Patricia Baker and Giacomo Savani, ‘Contriv’d according to the strictest Rules of Art’: The Reception of Roman Baths and Gardens at Villa Albani
• Elisa Debenedetti, ‘Studi sul Settecento Romano’: Villa Albani nei Taccuini di Carlo Marchionni
• Alessandro Spila, Carlo Marchionni a villa Albani: Una possibile evoluzione progettuale

12.30  Discussion followed by a lunch break

14.00  Archaeology and Antiquarianism
Chair: Carlo Gasparri
• Eloisa Dodero, Da Palazzo Albani alle Quattro Fontane al Museo Capitolino: La nuova vita della collezione del cardinale Alessandro
• Caroline Barron, The Epigraphic Collection of Cardinal Alessandro Albani
• Elizabeth Bartman, Alessandro Albani as Restorer
• Christoph Frank, Drawing the Albani Collection: Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Some of His Contemporaries

16.30  Discussion and close

Symposium | Houses of Politicians

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on November 8, 2019

From the conference website:

Houses of Politicians
Manchester Metropolitan University, 29–30 November 2019

As politics and the idea of politician evolved throughout the long eighteenth century—from landed aristocracy to new money and career politicians—and the empire became increasingly more complex, the building of country houses remained a constant. This symposium brings together established and early career scholars who explore the correlation between politics and the country house within this protean political environment. Case studies and dialogue sessions will discuss design and style, as well as collecting, display, patronage, networking, dissemination, and the relationship between London and the country. The symposium also involves an (optional) tour of Wentworth Woodhouse, built by the marquises of Rockingham and now the focus of a major heritage restoration initiative. Key outcomes will be a publication of scholarly essays and a Politics and Country House Toolkit intended for the professional heritage sector.

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Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester

9.00  Morning Session
Moderator: Jon Stobart (Manchester Metropolitan University)
• Joan Coutu (University of Waterloo), Introduction
• Peter Lindfield and Jon Stobart (Manchester Metropolitan University), Powerhouse or Home: Different Readings of the British Country House in Recent Symposia
• Oliver Cox (University of Oxford), Writing Political Histories
• Fiona Candlin (Birkbeck, University of London), When Is a Historic House a Museum? (and Why Might It Matter)

10.45  Break

11.00  Wentworth Woodhouse in Focus
• Dylan Spivey (PhD candidate, University of Virginia), Thomas Wentworth and Wentworth Woodhouse
• Joan Coutu (University of Waterloo), Burke’s Exemplum: The ‘Natural Family Mansion’ and Wentworth Woodhouse
• John Bonehill (University of Glasgow), Painting for Portland: George Barret and Welbeck

12.45  Coach departs for Wentworth Woodhouse; box lunch provided for eating on the coach. Tour followed by a reception at Wentworth Woodhouse.

17.30  Coach departs Wentworth Woodhouse, returning to Manchester at approximately 19.00

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Manchester Metropolitan University, Business School, All Saints Building, Manchester

8.30  The House, the Style, the Contents, the Message
Moderators: Kate Retford (Birkbeck, University of London) and Anne Bordeleau (University of Waterloo)
• Amy Lim (DPhil candidate, University of Oxford and Tate Britain), Executive or Exile? The Art and Architecture of Country Houses after the Glorious Revolution
• Juliet Learmouth (PhD candidate, Birkbeck, University of London), Holding Court at Marlborough House: The London Residence of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough
• Jon Stobart, Competing Cultures of Consumption: Politics and Taste at Shugborough
• Dale Townshend (Manchester Metropolitan University), Tory Gothic / Whig Classicism: Chiasmus, Architecture, and the Politics of Style in the Long Eighteenth Century
• Matthew Reeve (Queen’s University, Canada), Gothic Architecture and the Liberty Trope
• Peter Lindfield (Manchester Metropolitan University), A Gothic Houghton: Pelham’s Forgotten Country House

12:45  Lunch

13:30  The Empire at Home
Moderators: Dana Arnold (University of East Anglia) and Anne Bordeleau (University of Waterloo)
• Elisabeth Grass (DPhil candidate, University of Oxford and the National Trust), St. Kitts in Norfolk: The Country House Network of Crisp Molineux
• Jocelyn Anderson (University of Toronto, Mississauga), The ‘Fine House’ of a Caribbean Planter: Public Responses to the Alderman Beckford’s Fonthill
• Kieran Hazzard (University of Oxford), The Clives and India: Collecting, Display, and Colonialism
• Rowena Willard-Wright (freelance curator), William Pitt the Younger and How to Make a Political Home

16:30  Post-Graduate Students Roundtable – Sources and Reflection, Building the Toolkit
Moderator: Oliver Cox

18:00  Concluding Remarks: Reflecting on the Political House
Chaired by Jon Stobart, with Joan Coutu, Oliver Cox, and Peter Lindfield

Symposium | Hadrian’s Villa and Its Reception

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on November 1, 2019

From ArtHist.net:

Villa Adriana: Die kaiserliche Residenz und ihre Rezeption
Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, 4 December 2019

Organized by Cristina Ruggero

Diese Veranstaltung ist Teil einer bis 2020 ausgelegten, semesterübergreifenden Reihe im Kontext des DFG-Projekts Mikrokosmos Villa Adriana: Ein künstlerischer Interaktionsraum im Europa des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts am Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München.


17.30  Cristina Ruggero (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München), Angebot und Nachfrage: Die aegyptiaca aus der Hadriansvilla in Rom, Paris, München

17.45  Mariette de Vos Raaijmakers (Università degli Studi di Trento), Hadrian und der Nil: Die Palestra in der Villa Hadriana und ihr Dekorationsprogramm

Innerhalb des weitläufigen architektonischen Komplexes der Hadriansvilla ist die sog. Palestra bemerkenswert für ihre Architektur und Ausstattung. Das ikonografische Programm und die Entstehungszeit (133–134) belegen einen Zusammenhang mit Antinoos‘ Tod (130) und eine ausgeprägte Ägypten-Rezeption. Im Rahmen eines vierjährigen Forschungsprojekts konnte die Universität von Trient (2003–2007) Architektur und Dekoration der Palestra dokumentieren. Der Vortrag fasst die Funde und Ergebnisse des Projekts zusammen.

18.30  Redha Attoui (Université Badj Mokhtar Annaba, Algerien), Schematic Reconstruction of the Construction Process Used in a Part of the Palestra, Villa Adriana

Although leveling is a fundamental part of the building process, our knowledge of old leveling systems is limited, mainly because of their invisible and temporary nature. However, thanks to the case study of the red signs discovered on the wall surfaces in the ‘Palestra’ at Villa Adriana, we have acquired a new understanding of this specific technique. The results allow suggesting a schematic reconstruction of the construction process used in a part of the complex.

Symposium | London Art Week: Conversations on Collecting

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 26, 2019

In conjunction with London Art Week:

London Art Week Symposium: Conversations on Collecting
Sainsbury Wing Theatre, The National Gallery, London, 2 December 2019

This December, London Art Week (1–6 December) launches the inaugural LAW Winter Symposium to foster debate and learning among the public, international collectors, members of the art trade, and museum professionals. Held in collaboration with our partner museum, The National Gallery, the 2019 Symposium will consist of three panel discussions, with our eminent speakers discussing different aspects of collecting. Attendance is free, but places must be registered and booked in advance.


2.30  Introduction and welcome by Gabriele Finaldi (Director, The National Gallery)

2.35  Returning Home: The Significance and Challenges of Exhibitions that Reunite Historic Collections in Their Original Settings
Moderator: Thomas Stammers (Assistant Professor of Modern European Cultural History, Durham University)
• Toto Bergamo Rossi (Curator, Domus Grimani; Director, Venetian Heritage Foundation)
• Silvia Davoli (Curator, Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill; Paul Mellon Research Curator, Strawberry Hill House; Associate Researcher, University of Oxford)
• Thierry Morel (Curator, Houghton Revisited; Director and Curator at Large, Hermitage Museum Foundation USA; and Trustee of the Sir John Soane’s Museum, London)

3.30  Collecting Today: What Motivates Private Collectors and How Do They Envisage the Future of Their Collections
Moderator: Justin Raccanello (Specialist dealer in Italian ceramics)
• Katrin Bellinger (Collector and Founder, Tavolozza Foundation)
• Claudio Gulli (Curator, Valsecchi Collection at Palazzo Butera, Palermo)
• Keir McGuinness (Collector)

4.30  Changing Questions: The Role of Museums in 2020 and How They Can Better Engage with the Public
Moderator: Martin Bailey (The Art Newspaper)
• Ketty Gottardo (Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings, The Courtauld Gallery)
• Luke Syson (Director and Marlay Curator, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge)
• Nicholas Thomas (Director, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge)


Conference | The Pictorial Evidence of Ruins

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 22, 2019

From ArtHist.net:

The Pictorial Evidence of Ruins: From Rome to Homs
Istituto Svizzero di Roma / Academia Belgica, Rome, 14–15 November 2019

The questions of ruins and their images oscillate in the history of art between the vanitative interpretations related to the early modern period and the aesthetic categories of romanticism, while for the cultural studies the theoretical reflection on the ambiguities of memory and oblivion stands in the foreground. The conference goes beyond this topic range and raises questions about the importance of a ruin as an anachronistic symbol, a visual indicator of historical difference, and a critical touchstone of modernity.

How did ruins turn into an independent figurative metaphor regarded as the epitome of transience? To what extent were the ancient Roman ruins transformed in the early modern period into iconic images of symbolic and aesthetic value and what is the relevance of this long process of transference—the elevation of the ruin to a sovereign image—for the way in which we view today’s Syrian war ruins from a distance? In this context, one needs to differentiate between natural disintegration and planned ruination: what distinguishes the archaeological from the iconoclastic dimension of a ruin?

The instrumentalization of the ruins of Palmyra which themselves became victim to a media-related iconoclasm in 2015 and the elevation of their void space after devastation into a social icon give reason to think critically about how the reception of ruins and the depiction of ruination combine anachronism with aesthetics and affect. Following these issues, we shall ask: What is the pictorial evidence of ruins and that of their images? In how far can images of ruins iconically convey or translate the nature of a catastrophe? To what extent does the aesthetic familiarity of the ruins of Rome as a visual paradigm of a ruined city raised by art since the 16th century contribute to our understanding of the new media-related impact of factual destruction today? Does aesthetics have an anaesthetic effect in this case?

With these questions, the conference seeks to contribute to the critical analysis of a pictorial concept of ruins from the early modern period to the present—spanned between destruction, restoration, and construction—and to ask how the issue of the media topicality of ruins can be dealt with today.

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Istituto Svizzero di Roma

15.00  Welcome by Adrian Brändli (Istituto Svizzero di Roma))

15.15  Afternoon Session
• Mateusz Kapustka (University of Zurich/FU Berlin), Ruins, Ruination, and Anachronism: An Introduction
• Henri de Riedmatten (University of Geneva), Recoding Fragmented Figures: Dynamics of Restoration in Early Sixteenth-Century Rome
• Jumana Al Asaad (University of Heidelberg), The Iconization and Medialisation of the Syrian Cultural Heritage in the Ongoing Armed Conflict

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Academia Belgica

9.00  Welcome by Sabine van Sprang (Academia Belgica)

9.15  Morning Session
• Maarten Delbeke (ETH Zurich), Getting Rid of the Ruins.: Remnants as Sources of Knowledge and Confusion in the Late Seventeenth Century
• Dirk De Meyer (Ghent University), Palmyra to Europe and Back: Architectural Ruins and their Mediatization
• Stanislaus von Moos (University of Zurich/Getty Research Institute), Constructivist Ruins? On Frank Lloyd Wright and Peter Blume

12.00  Lunch break

13.00  Closing Session
• Robert Harbison (London), Ruins and Fragments in Modern Sculpture

Mateusz Kapustka

Adrian Brändli
Ralph Dekoninck
Mateusz Kapustka
Tristan Weddigen


Istituto Svizzero di Roma
Via Ludovisi 48, 00187 Rome
Adrian Brändli, info@stitutosvizzero.it

Academia Belgica
Via Omero 6, 00196 Rome
Charles Bossu, info@academiabelgica.it

Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History
Via Gregoriana 28, 00187 Rome
Mara Freiberg Simmen, freiberg@biblhertz.it

Exhibition | The Moon

Posted in books, catalogues, conferences (to attend), exhibitions by Editor on October 15, 2019

From the press release (4 April 2019) for the exhibition:

The Moon
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (London), 19 July 2019 — 5 January 202

Curated by Melanie Vandenbrouck, Megan Barford, Louise Devoy, and Richard Dunn

To celebrate 50 years since NASA’s Apollo 11 mission landed the first humans on the Moon, the National Maritime Museum (NMM) stages The Moon, the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to Earth’s nearest celestial neighbour. Featuring over 180 objects from national and international museums and private collections, the exhibition presents a cultural and scientific story of our relationship with the Moon over time and across civilisations. Through artefacts, artworks and interactive moments, the exhibition will enable visitors to reconnect with the wonders of the Moon and discover how it has captivated and inspired us.

The exhibition will explore how humans have used, understood and observed the Moon from Earth. Visitors will get the chance to relive the momentous events of the Space Race and the Moon landings before discovering the motivations behind 21st-century lunar missions.

Significant objects on display include Apollo mission artefacts that travelled to the Moon, loaned from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. The ‘Snoopy Cap’ Communications Carrier, worn by astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin during Apollo 11, will be exhibited alongside the Hasselblad camera equipment that captured some of the most recognisable and iconic images of the 20th century.

Lunar samples collected from NASA’s Apollo missions and the Soviet Union’s Luna programme, will be accompanied by a rare lunar meteorite from the Natural History Museum’s collection. This will give visitors to the NMM’s exhibition a unique opportunity to get close to such a diverse range of moon rocks and discover how researching these specimens continues to advance our understanding of the Moon.

Historical and contemporary artworks will illustrate how the Moon has long inspired artists, acting as a metaphor for the human condition. Moonlit scenes by J.M.W. Turner and John Constable will be displayed alongside contemporary pieces by Katie Paterson, El Anatsui, Chris Ofili, and Leonid Tishkov. Artworks by Cristina De Middel, Aleksandra Mir, and Larissa Sansour will consider our relationship with the Moon through the lenses of gender and nationhood.

In the exhibition’s opening section, visitors will discover ways in which the Moon has been embedded in human culture, spiritually, practically, and artistically, with its changing phases used to mark time in religion, navigation, and medicine. The oldest object on display, a Mesopotamian Tablet from 172 BCE on loan from the British Museum, shows how lunar eclipses were considered to be bad omens. Detailed Islamic and Chinese calendars highlight the continuing importance of using the Moon to set the date for key festivals such as Chinese New Year and Ramadan. Examples of historic medical texts, such as a 1708 pamphlet by the English Doctor Richard Mead show how the position of the Moon was once believed to influence our physical and mental health.

The exhibition will explore how new technologies, such as 17th-century telescopes, 19th-century cameras and remote equipment for space photography and mapping in the 20th century brought increasing understanding of the lunar surface and the Moon’s origins. A selection of maps, paintings, photographs, models, and drawings from the 17th century to the present will emphasise humanity’s continuing desire to understand more about the Moon. Examples include the earliest-known drawing of the lunar surface made from telescopic observations by British astronomer Thomas Harriot in 1609 and the detailed pastel drawings of the Moon by 18th-century Royal Academician John Russell.

From classic science fiction through to the defining events of the Space Race, visitors will see how the Moon went from being a distant object of observation and place of imagination to a destination that was within human reach. The Moon looks at key moments within the Space Race, highlighting how a number of Soviet ‘firsts’ were ultimately overshadowed by Neil Armstrong’s century-defining ‘one small step’ in July 1969. Video artist Christian Stangl will show a new and exclusive version of his film ‘Lunar’, in which animated photographs from Apollo missions allow visitors to experience the Moon landings through the eyes of the astronauts. Apollo objects will sit alongside film posters, books, comics, and magazines that celebrated and questioned these momentous events.

In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts left a plaque on the Moon claiming, “we came in peace for all mankind.” Today, there is renewed drive to return to the Moon, reflected in future projects from China, Europe, India, Israel, Japan, Russia, and the United States. No longer the domain of superpowers, international space agencies, private companies, and entrepreneurs are all part of this 21st-century race for the Moon. Scientists, lawyers, artists, and architects are considering the practical, psychological, and ethical implications of human exploration and settlement on the Moon. The closing chapter of the exhibition will look at these contemporary motivations for Moon travel, leaving visitors to contemplate whether the Moon will become a theatre for exploitation and competition or remain a peaceful place for all humankind.

Melanie Vandenbrouck, Megan Barford, Louise Devoy, and Richard Dunn, eds., The Moon: A Celebration of Our Celestial Neighbour (London: Collins, 2019), 256 pages, ISBN: 978-0008282462, £20.

From ArtHist.net:

Art and Science of the Moon
Royal Museums Greenwich, London, 14–15 November 2019

With contributions from academics, artists, and curators exploring the interface between art, in its widest sense, and science, this conference will consider various creative responses to our cosmic companion. In keeping with RMG’s interest in interrogating the collision of science, history and art, The Art and Science of the Moon will explore how the Moon’s motions and phases have influenced human activities, beliefs, and behaviours; how sustained scrutiny of the lunar surface have enabled us to understand more about ourselves; how attempts, imaginary and real, to reach this other world have fostered creativity and technological progress; and how in the 21st century we are rethinking our relationship with the Moon.

The provisional programme is available here»

Study Day | Understanding Stone Cantilevered Stairs

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 11, 2019

From The Georgian Group:

Study Day: Understanding Stone Cantilevered Stairs
Somerset House, London, 16 October 2019

Staircase of he Navy Office, Somerset House, London.

The Georgian Group is holding a study day at Somerset House that will explore stone cantilevered stairs as a characteristic feature of Georgian architecture. The day is aimed at owners and custodians of buildings containing stone cantilevered stairs, as well as architects, surveyors, and structural engineers involved in the repair of existing stairs or the construction of new ones.

The study day will cover three broad areas:
History: The origins and development of stone cantilevered stairs and their importance to Georgian architecture
Structure: Why they work and how they are built
Repairs: What can go wrong, common problems and how they can be repaired

• Russell Taylor — Principal of Russell Taylor Architects, an architect in the Classical tradition who has made a special study of the subject
• Sam Price — Founding Partner of Price and Myers, the leading structural engineer on stone cantilevered stairs, the author of several articles on the subject
• Helen Rogers — Engineer at Price and Myers, a specialist engineer and lecturer on stone cantilevered stairs
• Adam Stone — Managing Director of Chichester Stoneworks, a masonry contractor with wide experience in stone design, not least in cantilevered stairs, several of which have won awards

The event is open to all (members and non-members) and includes lunch and refreshments, £135. Doors open at 9am, lectures begin at 9.30am.

Symposium | Ornamenta Sacra, 1400–1800

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 1, 2019

From ArtHist.net:

Ornamenta Sacra: Late Medieval and Early Modern Liturgical Objects in a European Context, 1400–1800
Brussels and Leuven, 24–26 October 2019

We are pleased to invite you to Ornamenta Sacra: Late Medieval and Early Modern Liturgical Objects in a European Context, 1400–1800 October 24–26 in Brussels and Leuven. The symposium is organised in the framework of a Brain-Belspo funded project, led by Ralph Dekoninck (GEMCA, UCLouvain), Barbara Baert (IRG/Illuminare, KU Leuven), and Marie-Christine Claes (KIK-IRPA). You can confirm your participation by registering here.

The symposium is dedicated to the iconological and anthropological study of late medieval and early modern liturgical objects (1400–1800), once known as ornamenta sacra. This notion encompasses a wide range of objects made of various materials and techniques (such as chalices, censers, and chasubles), which are not only essential for the rites, but also hold a central position in the religious artistic production of the past. Yet, a large portion of recent studies related to the connections between art and liturgy mainly focuses on paintings and sculptures, leaving aside other cult objects. The few studies that take these ritual instruments into account are primarily devoted to the Middle Ages. The late Middle Ages and the early modern period have attracted far less attention, whereas liturgy underwent profound transformations. Although studies limited to certain collections or types of objects are available, we are still in need of a broader analysis instigated by recent methodological trends in historical anthropology and iconology, which have renewed our understanding of images and art objects. We have therefore invited an international group of scholars, experts in their fields and specialized in exactly these methodologies. As a result, the symposium will contribute to this broader analysis and will offer new insights on the material dimension of objects, the place of works of art within a network of relationships, the history of senses and the sensible, and the way in which ornamentation affects meaning.

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Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels

9:30  Coffee and tea

9:50  Welcome by Hilde De Clercq (dir. KIK-IRPA) and Georges Jamart (Belspo)

10:00  Introduction by Ralph Dekoninck (UCLouvain), Barbara Baert (KU Leuven), and Marie-Christine Claes (KIK-IRPA)

10:30  Morning Papers
• Eric Palazzo (Université de Poitiers), Le Christ énergétique, la spirale et la monstrance
• Frédéric Tixier (Université de Lorraine), Voir et entendre ou entendre et voir? Les objets liturgiques en procession (XIIIe–XVIIe s.)

12:30  Lunch

14:00  Afternoon Papers
• Cynthia Hahn (Hunter College and Graduate Center CUNY, New York), Reliquaries as Mediation in Liturgy and Ecclesiastical Space
• Frédéric Cousinié (Université de Rouen-Normandie) and Alysée Le Druillenec (Université Paris 1 Sorbonne-Panthéon), Objets de dévotions: Figures de la liaison au divin
• Michele Bacci (Université de Fribourg), Western Liturgical Vessels and the Byzantine Rite in the Late Middle Ages
• Sébastien Bontemps (Ecole du Louvre, Université de Bourgogne), Le trophée d’église: Système décoratif et illustration de la liturgie en France au XVIIIe siècle
• Caroline Heering (UCLouvain), Ornamenta Sacra: De l’ornement des objets aux objets comme ornements

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Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels

9:00  Coffee and tea

9:30  Morning Papers
• Herman Roodenburg (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Meertens Instituut), The Eucharist and not so sensuous worship: Shedding tears among the Modern Devout
• Anne-Laure Van Bruaene (Universiteit Gent), Viglius’s Mitre: Clerical Self-fashioning in Sixteenth-century Ghent
• Anne-Clothilde Dumargne (Université de Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Ornamenta ou ministeria? Statut et fonction des chandeliers en alliages de cuivre dans l’espace ecclésial de la fin du Moyen Âge à l’époque moderne
• Wendy Wauters (KU Leuven), Smellscapes and Censers: Strategies behind their Ritual Use and Iconographic Meaning

12:30  Lunch

14:00  Afternoon Papers
• Marie Lezowski (Université d’Angers), Le corps du délit: Les objets liturgiques volés dans les sources inquisitoriales (Italie, XVIIe–XVIIIe siècles)
• Emmanuel Joly (KIK-IRPA), Financer et entretenir les ornements liturgiques: Le cas des paroisses rurales du diocèse de Liège, 1400–1700
• Soetkin Vanhauwaert (KU Leuven), Worthy of Imitation: The Holy Sacrament and the Relic Cult of the Forerunner in Mechelen
• Anne Lepoittevin (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Les Agnus Dei en cire: Des objets de culte?
• Nicole Pellegrin (CNRS-ENS, Paris), Chapes en Révolution: Quelques traces d’abandons, destructions, réemplois et mutations, 1790–1820

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Katholieke Universiteit (KU), Leuven

9:00  Coffee and tea

9:30  Morning Papers
• Ethan Matt Kavaler (University of Toronto), The Netherlandish Carved Altarpiece as Miniature
• Kamil Kopania (The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art, Warsaw), Animated Sculptures of the Crucified Christ in Context of Liturgical Space, Objects, and Gestures
• Ruben Suykerbuyk (Universiteit Gent), The Ritual Use of Memoria Monuments in the Low Countries, ca. 1520–85
• Charles Caspers (Titus Brandsma Instituut, Nijmegen), Wax and the Ghent Altarpiece: A New Interpretation

12:10  Discussion and concluding remarks

12:30  Lunch

14:30  Visit to the exhibition Borman and Sons at Museum M, Leuven

Journée d’étude | Les sources d’une histoire de l’antiquarisme

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on September 30, 2019

From the study day programme:

Les sources d’une histoire de l’antiquarisme
Forum Antique, Bavay (Nord), 3 October 2019

Pour faire suite à l’exposition Curieux antiquaires: Les débuts de l’archéologie à Bavay, 1716–1830, le Forum antique de Bavay organise, le jeudi 3 octobre 2019, une journée d’étude sur Les sources d’une histoire de l’antiquarisme. La dimension de cette rencontre est essentiellement méthodologique. Il s’agit de faire dialoguer des spécialistes de l’histoire de l’antiquaire autour de la question des sources, de leur croisement et de leur mise en résonance, et de permettre aux étudiants présents d’approcher les questions relatives à la construction d’un objets ainsi qu’à l’invention des corpus.

Le format de cette journée sera celui d’un atelier. Chacun des quatre thèmes mobilisera deux intervenants. Afin de donner à l’exposé des questions de méthode et aux échanges toute leur place, le jour de la rencontre, chaque exposant disposera de 15 minutes pour résumer la teneur de sa contribution, après quoi un modérateur lancera et dirigera une discussion de 30 minutes.


9.00  Bus Valenciennes-Bavay affrété par le Forum antique de Bavay

9.30  Accueil-Café au Forum antique de Bavay

10.00  Introduction autour de la notion d’antiquaire, Véronique Beirnaert-Mary

10.15  Construction/Déconstruction de la figure de l’antiquaire par l’écrit, Marco Cavalieri, Professeur, Président INCA, Université de Louvain (modérateur)
• Parler de soi et des autres : les sources d’une histoire de la représentation (correspondances, préfaces, notices nécrologiques…), Véronique Krings
• La littérature comme source pour une histoire de la réception de la figure de l’antiquaire, Odile Parsis-Barubé

11.15  Pause

11.30  Construction de la figure de l’antiquaire par l’image, Odile Cavalier, Conservatrice du Musée Calvet, Avignon (modératrice)
• L’antiquaire au travail sur le terrain et dans son cabinet, Alain Schnapp, Professeur émérite des universités, Université Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne, CNRS, UMR 7041, ArScan
• Les portraits d’antiquaire, Véronique Beirnaert-Mary

12.30  Déjeuner au musée offert par le Forum antique de Bavay (sur inscription)

14.00  Vie sociale des objets chez l’antiquaire, Fleur Morfoisse, Conservatrice du département antiquités et objets d’art au Palais des beaux-arts de Lille (modératrice)
• La nécessaire authenticité de la preuve. Faux et expertise antiquaire, Delphine Morana-Burlot
• L’étude matérielle des objets comme source de leur histoire, Cécile Colonna, Conseillère scientifique, INHA-DER, Histoire de l’art antique et de l’archéologie

15.00  Pause

15.15  Les sources d’une histoire de la diffusion et de la réception des travaux antiquaires, Chantal Grell, Professeur des universités, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (modératrice)
• Les enquêtes prosopographiques et la reconstitution des réseaux antiquaires. Quelles sources pour une étude de la circulation des savoirs antiquaires ?, Bruno Delmas, Directeur d’étude émérite de classe exceptionnelle à l’école national des Chartes et Odile Parsis-Barubé
• Quelles sources pour mesurer la diffusion des savoirs antiquaires ?, François Guillet, Historien

16.15  Conclusion, Odile Parsis-Barubé

16.45  Discussion finale

17.30  Bus Bavay-Valenciennes affrété par le Forum antique de Bavay

Comité scientifique
• Véronique Beirnaert-Mary, Directrice du Forum antique de Bavay, musée archéologique du Département du Nord
• Odile Parsis-Barubé, Maître de conférences HDR (Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion)
• Véronique Krings, Maître de conférences en histoire ancienne, Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, PLH (EA 4601)
• Delphine Morana-Burlot, Maître de conférences en histoire de l’art et de l’archéologie, Université Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne, EA 4100 – HiCSA (Histoire culturelle et sociale de l’art)

Conference | Late Venetian Fortification

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on September 26, 2019

From ArtHist.net:

Late Venetian Fortification
Split City Museum, 4 October 2019

Until now, research on Venetian fortifications has given considerable more attention to Cinquecento works than to the achievements of the following centuries. This is why the aim of the conference is to focus on the later period. New material and insights are expected on the period starting with the War of Candia. Relevant topics include but are not limited to important fortification sites and projects (Morea, Corfu, Corinto, Dalmatia etc.), activities of military engineers, procedures and institutions involved in the construction of fortifications, Schulenburg’s involvement in fortification construction.

More information is available here»


9:00  Morning Papers
• Andrej Žmegač — Late Venetian Fortification: An Introduction
• Josip Pavić — The State of War: Reflections Regarding War Management in the Stato da Mar
• Ivo Glavaš — Barone and St. John’s Fortresses above the town of Šibenik
• Elisabetta Molteni — Filippo Verneda (c.1617–1692): Un maestro della fortificazione nella Venezia del XVII secolo
• Snježana Perojević — Military Engineers and the Fortification of Split in the 17th Century
• Antonio Manno — ‘La porta dell’Adriatico’: Il ruolo di Corfù nel sistema difensivo della Repubblica di Venezia
• Christian Ottersbach — The Fortresses of Palamidi and Corfu in their European Context: Testimonies of a Revolution in Military Architecture

13.00  Lunch break

14.00  Afternoon Papers
• Nikolaos A. Lianos — Military Engineers in the Morea during the Second Venetian Domination
• Eric G. L. Pinzelli — Modon, the Eye of the Republic
• Darka Bilić — Le circostanze del soggiorno del maresciallo Schulenburg in Dalmazia e Albania veneta
• Federico Bulfone Gransinigh and Alberto Pérez Negrete — Dopo Candia e Corfù: Niccolò Erizzo e le influenze al fortificare nell’ammodernamento dei forti lagunari della Serenissima, 1716–18
• Andrej Žmegač — The Venetian Military Engineer Antonio Giancix: Chronology and Evaluation