HECAA Emerging Scholars Showcase

Posted in graduate students, lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on November 2, 2020

George Lambert, Classical Landscape, 1745, oil on canvas, 41 × 46 inches
(London: Tate)

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HECAA Emerging Scholars Showcase
Online, Saturday, 7 November 2020, 2:00–3:30pm (EST)

Please mark your calendars for the first HECAA Emerging Scholars Showcase on Saturday, November 7, from 2:00 to 3:30pm EST. We will hear from our first seven emerging scholars present their research in 3– to 5–minute presentations, after which we will open up the floor to questions and comments. The intention of these showcases is to create networking opportunities, and we look forward to your audience participation in support of our emerging scholars.

We received an overwhelming number of applications, ranging geographically from China, India, and Australia, to Brazil, Europe, and across the USA. The topics likewise range in their geographical origin, theoretical approach, materials, techniques, and methods. We will also hold two additional showcases on 6 February 2021 and 17 April 2021.

Registration is not required. A Zoom link will be sent out to all HECAA members the week before November 7. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dani Ezor (dezor@smu.edu). Thank you!

Public Lecture Course | Ceramics in Britain

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 29, 2020

The series, originally scheduled for the spring, will now take place online; from the Mellon Centre:

Public Lecture Course, Ceramics in Britain, 1750 to Now
Online, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, Thursdays, 5 November — 10 December 2020

Pre-recorded lectures to be released weekly at 3pm GMT on Thursdays and a live Q&A (Zoom) on 10 December 2020 at 6pm GMT

This course, delivered by experts in the field, will explore five key influential developments in the history of British ceramics since the mid-eighteenth century, examining the multiple ways in which innovators, entrepreneurs, and artists have reinvigorated the field. While the story of ceramics is a global one, Britain has played a leading role in the last three centuries, a period in which British invention has shaped developments and brought constant renewal to the industry.

By 1750, ceramics of different types were available to all levels of society. However, the uniquely British innovation of combining print culture and ceramics, transfer-printing political propaganda, and the graphic satire of London’s leading caricaturists onto earthenware, enabled these contemporary controversial messages to be understood by all classes. During the same period, scientific experimentation by Josiah Wedgwood led to the invention of new bodies and glazes, many copying the ceramics and glass of ancient Greece and Rome. His range and ambition, summed up by his aim to become ‘Vase Maker General to the Universe’, helped to change ceramic tastes to an unprecedented degree.

The production of an abundance of styles characterised the nineteenth century. However, blue and white—one of the most distinctive visual effects in ceramics—became, and remained, more popular than any other. Heavily influenced by porcelain exported from Asia, Britain became the leading ceramic producer of this style, driving international trade and retail opportunities. ‘Chinamania’ gripped the nation; debates about taste and authenticity drove collectors, consumers, and creators.

Ceramics was largely unaffected by the first wave of anti-industrialism in England. Neither William Morris nor the Arts and Crafts movement fully established a new type of pottery. However, an urge to turn away from the industrially-produced ceramics of the late nineteenth century, combined with a renewed interest in form, earlier Chinese ceramics, and abstract art, gave rise to a wave of pioneering British potters who insisted on the importance of the handmade and established the role of the ‘artist-potter’. This philosophy was widely popularised by the influential studio potter, Bernard Leach, who spent formative periods in China and Japan and wrote that ‘all my life I have been a courier between East and West’.

While studio ceramics continue to flourish today, global economics and advanced production technology have greatly impacted the ceramics industry in Staffordshire, the traditional heartland of British ceramics production. Artists have played a key role in documenting and commentating on these changes. The course will conclude with an artist’s examination of the decline of ceramic manufacturing and its associated artisanal skills, emphasising the importance of sustaining the intangible heritage of this longstanding and important industry.

No prior art historical knowledge is necessary.

Thursday, 5 November
Patricia Ferguson (Project Curator, British Museum), Pots with Attitude: British Satire on Ceramics, 1750–1820

Thursday, 12 November
Catrin Jones (Chief Curator, Wedgwood Museum), Josiah Wedgwood: Experimentation and Innovation

Thursday, 19 November
Rebecca Wallis (Curator, National Trust, London and South East), ‘Blue and White’ in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Beyond

Thursday, 26 November
Simon Olding (Director of the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham), ‘Beyond East and West’: The Founding of British Studio Ceramics

Thursday, 3 December
Neil Brownsword (Artist and Professor of Ceramics, Staffordshire University), Obsolescence and Renewal: Reimagining North Staffordshire’s Ceramic Heritage

Thursday, 10 December
Ceramics in Britain: Live Q&A

The French Porcelain Society’s Online Symposium, 2020

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 27, 2020

The programme includes some eighteenth-century offerings; from The French Porcelain Society:

The French Porcelain Society’s Online Symposium
Celebrating John Mallet’s 90th Birthday
7–8 November 2020

J. V. G. Mallet’s achievements in the field of ceramics are many as proved by his copious bibliography. It is however, John’s ground-breaking work in the field of istoriato maiolica of the 16th century and particularly his focus on the most important Renaissance maiolica-painters of the period, which has to be acknowledged as a major factor behind the resurgence of interest in this fascinating type of painting on pottery.

Our international online symposium, over two afternoons, will focus on John’s main area of research, istoriato maiolica or ‘narrative ware’. This extraordinary pictorial language flourished in the lands of the Dukes of Urbino, whose humanist court inspired Baldassar Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier and which was Raphael birthplace. The imagery created in Raphael’s workshop was such a powerful influence on istoriato, that it was once believed that Raphael and his pupils actually painted the wares, leading it to be called ‘Raphael ware’.

Most notable are John’s magisterial articles on Urbino istoriato. Applying the same method that art historians use for painting, he has been able to group stylistically many different istoriato painters, and give names to otherwise unknown important maiolica masters, including: The ‘In Castel Durante Painter’, ‘The Master of the Apollo Basin’, ‘The Milan Marsyas Painter’, and ‘The Painter of the Coal Mine Dishes’. John also has written extensively on the painters active in the workshop of Guido Durantino, around the art of the great Nicola da Urbino, on Francesco ‘Urbini’, on Maestro Giorgio of Gubbio, and on Xanto—one of the most intriguing personalities in the world of ceramics, on whom John organised a ground-breaking monographic exhibition at the Wallace Collection in 2007. His catalogue of the maiolica in the Hockemeyer Collection in Bremen is a landmark of scholarship.

The symposium will give particular emphasis to the relationship between istoriato and graphic sources originating in and around Raphael’s workshop, 500 years after the death of the Urbino master in 1520. Reflecting John’s wide-ranging knowledge and interests in many other fields of ceramics, the symposium will also feature lectures on European pottery and porcelain.

The event is free and open to all, but donations are always appreciated. For more information and registration details, please contact the organiser Dr Elisa Paola Sani at FPSenquiries@gmail.com.

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Maiolica in the Shadow of Raphael
Saturday, 7 November 2020, 16.00–19.00 UK GMT

Welcome: Dame Rosalind Savill, DBE (President, The French Porcelain Society, London)
Introduction: Timothy Wilson (Honorary Keeper, Ashmolean Museum of Art, Oxford)

• Claudio Paolinelli (Co-curator of Raphael Ware, Urbino), Virtual Tour of Raphael Ware, the Maiolica Show in Urbino Ducal Palace
• David Ekserdjian (University of Leicester), Xanto and Raphael
• Suzanne Higgott (Curator, The Wallace Collection), The Wallace Collection Bathing Nymphs
• Carmen Ravanelli Guidotti (former Keeper, M.I.C., Faenza), Raphaelesque Taste: An Istoriato from an Ancient Italian Collection
• Marino Marini (Keeper, Museo del Bargello, Florence), Un’iconografia raffaellesca su una coppa faentina al Bargello
• Karine Tsoumis (Curator, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto), Portable Worlds: Maiolica in the Serenissima
• Justin Raccanello (Author and Lecturer, London), Raphaelism and Raffaelleschi
• Michael J. Brody (Jefferson University, Philadelphia), A Mythological Dish by Sforza di Marcantonio Dated 1548
• Elisa Paola Sani (Research Fellow, The Courtauld Gallery, London), In the Shadow of Nicola da Urbino

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A Celebration of John Mallet
Sunday, 8 November 2020, 16.00–19.00 UK GMT

Chair: Timothy Wilson (Honorary Keeper, Ashmolean Museum of Art, Oxford)

• Valentina Mazzotti (Keeper of M.I.C., Faenza), John Mallet, Fundamental Contributions in ‘Faenza’
• Errol Manners, FSA (Author and Lecturer, London), Antoine-Salomon Taunay and Louis, Duc d’Orleans, the Travels of a Chemist
• Francoise Barbe (Conservateur en chef, Département des Objets d’art, Louvre, Paris), French Lead Glazes at the Time of Palissy
• Camille Leprince (Author and Lecturer, Paris), Collecting and Reproducing Raphael Ware in 17th-Century France
• Cristina Maritano (Curator of ceramics, Palazzo Madama, Turin), Raphael on the Pharmacy Shelf: An 18th-Century Ligurian Set
• Roger Massey (Author and Lecturer, London), A Bristol Porcelain Figure in the Schreiber Collection at the V&A
• Raffaella Ausenda (Author and Lecturer, Urbino), Maiolica in the Bossi Collection at the Castello Sforzesco, Milan
• Sir Timothy Clifford (former Director, National Gallery of Scotland), Few Thoughts for John
• Giulio Busti (Honorary Curator, Museo delle Ceramiche, Deruta), Un saluto a John
• John Mallet (Former Keeper of the Ceramics Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London), Collecting for the V&A

Online Conference | Palaces in Eighteenth-Century Madrid

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 20, 2020

From the conference programme:

Palaces for Rent: Real Estate in Madrid in the Eighteenth Century / Palacios en alquiler: Patrimonio inmobiliario en el Madrid del siglo XVIII
Online, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, 12 November 2020

Lugar de celebración
Sala virtual de conferencias
Acceso libre hasta completar el aforo de sala. Las sesiones estarán posteriormente disponibles en el portal de Canal UNED.

Estudiantes de Máster y Doctorado en las áreas de historia, historia del arte, historia de la arquitectura, estudios urbanos, estudios sobre la nobleza, historia de la vida cotidiana, estudios de cultura visual y material, etc.
Se facilitará certificado de asistencia a los estudiantes interesados previa petición por correo.

Más información

Dirección científica
Dra. Pilar Diez del Corral Corredoira, UNED.
Dr. Álvaro Molina Martín, UNED.
Dra. Miriam Cera Brea, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Comité científico
Dra. Natalia González Heras, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Dra. Giada Lepri, La Sapienza, Roma.
Dr. Carlos Sambricio, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Dra. Mercedes Simal, Universidad de Jaén.
Dr. José Antonio Vigara Zafra, UNED.


Consuelo Gómez López (Directora del Departamento de Historia del Arte, UNED)
Pilar Diez del Corral Corredoira y Álvaro Molina Martín (UNED), Miriam Cera Brea (UAM)

Modera: Álvaro Molina Martín
• Natalia González Heras (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), El alquiler yRegalía de Aposento: Tipologías de ocupación residencial en la Corte del siglo XVIII
• José Antonio Vigara Zafra (UNED), La problemática entre el centro y la periferia en las residencias palaciegas de las élites nobiliarias españolas del siglo XVIII
• Magdalena Merlos Romero (Archivo Municipal de Aranjuez), Palacios y alojamientos del siglo XVIII en un real sitio: previsión urbana de Aranjuez para días de primavera


Modera: Miriam Cera Brea
• Juan Luis Blanco Mozo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), La maqueta de Filippo Juvarra para el palacio real nuevo de Madrid. Historia en su contexto
• Adrián Fernández Almoguera (Sorbonne-Université – École française de Rome), Jorge Durán y el palacio del conde de Tepa: ¿un caso de “italomanía” en el Madrid de finales de la Ilustración?
• José Riello (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Cárceles doradas del arte: cultura de la ostentación en el Museo de Antonio Palomino


Modera: Pilar Diez del Corral Corredoira
• Álvaro Molina (UNED), Hacia una cartografía del adorno en las residencias palaciegas de la corte de Carlos IV
• Milton Pacheco (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Cenários de Himeneu: A residência madrilena do embaixador extraordinário português, o IIImarquês de Louriçal, por ocasião das festividades dos duplos matrimónios reais celebradas em 1785
• Mirella Romero Recio (Universidad Carlos III), Pompeya y la Antigüedad en las decoraciones pictóricas de los palacios de Godoy en Madrid
• Sandra Antúnez López (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), El Real Guardarropa y las nuevas modas en la corte de Carlos IV y María Luisa de Parma (1789–1808)


Online Panel | Race and the Boundaries of the Book

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 17, 2020

I’m especially excited about the prerecorded videos (most 6–8 minutes); it’s an interesting way to maximize the potential of this RBS online session and also extend the value of the event well beyond the confines of the original session. CH

Race and the Boundaries of the Book: Seven Early American Perspectives
Rare Book School Online, 20 October 2020, 5–6pm (ET)

A 45-minute panel discussion followed by 15 minutes of Q&A scheduled for Tuesday, 20 October 2020, 5–6pm ET, via Zoom. Owing to Zoom’s restrictions, this event is limited to the first 300 people who register. The event will be recorded and made available for viewing on the RBS YouTube channel.

Through video presentations of individual case studies, seven early Americanists zoom in on a range of bookish artifacts and employ critical bibliography to recover overlooked narratives about race from the historical record. Specifically, they examine how racialized and marginalized early American subjects speak through bibliographical concepts and formats. What can the materialities of textual artifacts tell us about the elaboration of racial identities? How does specific attention to African American and Indigenous readers and writers in early American literature and culture—a field that has traditionally privileged white subjects—gain traction by looking at formats, bindings, and paper surfaces on which writing and printing occur? Formats, the panelists argue, are everything but neutral containers. Following a chronological order, the video presentations examine the boundaries of “the book” and the complex richness of small and overlooked forms for recovering dismissed and erased readers, writers, and print artisans.

Rather than a traditional academic conference panel, the participants intend to create an engaging conversation by incorporating an innovative blend of pre-recorded video, focused analysis of specific material texts, and a live-streamed panel discussion of how their work engages with larger questions raised by the fields of early American literature and book history.

The panelists are Tara A. Bynum (University of Iowa), Alan Corbiere (York University), Michael Galban (Seneca Art & Cultural Center, Ganondagan State Historic Site), John H. Pollack (University of Pennsylvania), Phillip Round (University of Iowa), Michaël Roy (Université Paris Nanterre), and Derrick Spires (Cornell University). Steffi Dippold (Kansas State University) and John J. Garcia (Florida State University) are moderating the session.

The panelists have pre-recorded BiblioVideos in preparation for the panel discussion, which can be accessed here or by clicking on the titles below. They plan to summarize the argument during the panel, but the audience should watch the BiblioVideos in advance to prepare for their discussion. The videos are listed in the recommended viewing order below:

Everyone is welcome to attend. To ensure the security of the event, advance registration is required; to register, click here. Registration closes at 8am ET the day of the event. Your registration will be automatically accepted. You will receive an email reminder the day before the event. The day of the event, we will send you the Zoom URL and password. Please direct any questions to RBS Programs at rbs-events@virginia.edu.

Follow the conversation on social media using hashtags #RBSOnline and #RBSEarlyAmBookHistory.

Online Conference | Ecologies of Paper

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 8, 2020

From The Huntington:

Ecologies of Paper in the Early Modern World
Online, 5-6 November 2020

Registration due by 30 October 2020

Presented by The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, Ecologies of Paper in the Early Modern World will explore the transmutation, preservation, and loss of paper as a cycle of archiving and forgetting that defined early modern artistic practice, economic transaction, and political statecraft. Speakers will map paper’s various guises, its ability to retain meanings associated with its material origins, as well as its desire to conceal its former states or to encourage belief in a value beyond its material reality. Charting the journeys of early modern paper in drawing, print, and document, this program will not only restructure our understanding of paper’s importance in early modern artistic practice and political life but also reconstruct the governing roles of environment, place, and origin in modes of making and address. If you would like to receive a copy of the speakers’ papers for this event, please register here by October 30. All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST).

T H U R S D A Y ,  5  N O V E M B E R  2 0 2 0

9:00  Welcome and Introduction
• Steve Hindle (The Huntington), Shira Brisman (University of Pennsylvania), and Caroline Fowler (Clark Art Institute)

9:15  Session 1: Documents and Foundations
• Asheesh Kapur Siddique (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Documenting the Body of State: Paper, Early Modernity, and the Matter of the U.S. Constitution
• Cheryl Finley (Cornell University and the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History & Curatorial Studies), Paper, Print, and Activism
• John Gagné (University of Sydney), Toward a History of the Conservation of the Premodern Documentary Heritage

10:30  Break

10:45  Session 2: Backgrounds and Foregrounds
• Jennifer Chuong (Harvard University), Overmarbling and Paper’s Disorderly Metamorphoses
• Iris Brahms (Freie Universität Berlin), Blue Paper as Metaphor and Efficient Solution
• Caroline Fowler (Clark Art Institute), The Matrix and The Mould: Counter-Histories of Reproduction
• Heather Wolfe (Folger Shakespeare Library), Interpreting the Materiality of Paper through Digital Images

12:15  Discussion, led by Shira Brisman (University of Pennsylvania)

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9:15  Session 3: Scarcity
• Joshua Calhoun (University of Wisconsin-Madison), The Transformation of a Plant; or, Rags Do Not Make Paper
• Shira Brisman (University of Pennsylvania), Contriving Scarcity in Early Modern Art and Law

10:15  Break

10:30  Session 4: The Paper Age
• Esther Chadwick (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Material Sinews of the Paper Age
• Nina Dubin (University of Illinois-Chicago), Rags to Riches: Paper Culture in the Age of Bubbles
• Richard Taws (University College London), Laissez-passer: Afterimages of Revolutionary France

11:45  Break

12:30  Discussion, led by Caroline Fowler (Clark Art Institute)

Online Talks | Riesener at The Wallace

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on October 6, 2020

This fall at The Wallace Collection (the Riesener project has been underway since June 2012 as curators and conservators at The Wallace Collection have worked alongside colleagues from Waddesdon Manor and the Royal Collection to better understand these extraordinary objects).

Alex Collins and Jurgen Huber | Riesener at The Wallace Collection
In conjunction with London Craft Week
Online, Thursday, 8 October 2020, 17.30–18.30 (BST)

Jean-Henri Riesener, along with Thomas Chippendale and David Roentgen, was one of the greatest furniture-makers of the eighteenth century. Born in Gladbeck, Germany, Riesener emigrated to Paris early in his career and became a highly successful cabinetmaker who supplied luxurious furniture to Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, and the French court. Join this free online talk (via Zoom) during London Craft Week 2020 to explore the designs, materials, and techniques Riesener used to create his masterpieces. Please click here to register.

Alex Collins is the former Riesener Project Leverhulme Fellow at The Wallace Collection. Jurgen Huber is Senior Furniture Conservator at The Wallace Collection.

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Helen Jacobsen | Creating a Market: Dealers, Auctioneers, and the Passion for Riesener Furniture, 1800–1882
Seminar in the History of Collecting
Online, Monday, 30 November 2020, 17.30–19.00 (BST)

Jean-Henri Riesener, Secretaire, 1783, 140 × 81 × 42 cm (London: The Wallace Collection).

Jean-Henri Riesener (1734–1806), cabinetmaker to Louis XVI, was one of the most celebrated cabinetmakers of the French eighteenth century. He was also a phenomenon in the history of British art collecting, becoming a byword in the nineteenth century for all that was admired in French furniture. Before the French Revolution we have no evidence of a British patron, yet just fifty years later collectors like William Beckford, George IV and the 4th Marquess of Hertford had contributed to both his celebrity and the prices his furniture achieved. The nineteenth-century popularity of Riesener furniture was more than just an appreciation of the cabinetmaker’s designs and the quality of their execution; it was driven by a fascination for the ancien régime and romanticized views of the doomed Bourbon Court. It was also an indication of the resourcefulness of the innovative entrepreneurs and dealers in France and England who helped establish Riesener’s reputation in the decades following the Revolution. Through clever marketing techniques and a certain amount of ‘enhancement’, they educated a new generation of buyers and established Riesener’s name alongside that of André-Charles Boulle as being worthy of connoisseurs.

This paper will analyze the rise of Riesener’s celebrity and the dealers who made it happen. It will discuss the sales techniques of the early nineteenth-century auctioneers, the role played by connoisseurs such as Lord Hertford, and the democratization of Riesener furniture through the market for copies and reproductions. It will end with the Hamilton Palace sale of 1882, which opened up yet another new market for Riesener: the Americans.

Helen Jacobsen is Curator of French 18th-Century Decorative Arts at The Wallace Collection.

This seminar series in the History of Collecting was established in 2006 as part of the Wallace Collection’s commitment to the research and study of the history of collections and collecting, especially in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Paris and London. The seminars, which are normally held on the last Monday of every month during the calendar year, excluding August and December, act as a forum for the presentation and discussion of new research into the history of collecting. Seminars are open to curators, academics, historians, archivists and all those with an interest in the subject.

This online seminar is also the first of three evening talks on Riesener held in collaboration with the Furniture History Society. Please click here to register.

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Rufus Bird, Mia Jackson, and Helen Jacobsen | Riesener Masterpieces: Royal Furniture in Britain
Online, Monday, 7 December 2020, 17.30–19.00 (BST)

Three of the most important collections of Riesener furniture in the world are in Britain. In the second talk in our series, speakers from the Wallace Collection, Royal Collection and Waddesdon Manor will discuss some of the 30 pieces in their care. These include celebrated works made for Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVI, and the French royal family that demonstrate the extraordinary levels of skilled craftsmanship achieved in the Riesener workshop and the design sophistication of which Riesener was capable. Our speakers will consider the popularity of French royal furniture in Britain in the 19th century and will illustrate the talk with stunning new photography from all three collections, revealing findings from the collaborative Riesener Project and shedding new light on both Riesener’s techniques and the provenance of some of the furniture.

Rufus Bird is Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art at The Royal Collection. Mia Jackson is Curator of Decorative Arts at Waddesdon Manor. Helen Jacobsen is Curator of French 18th-Century Decorative Arts at The Wallace Collection.

This online seminar is the second of three evening talks on Riesener held in collaboration with the Furniture History Society. Please click here to register.

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Alexander Collins | Mémoires for the Garde-Meuble: Riesener’s Perspective on Royal Furniture
Online, Monday, 14 December 2020, 17.30–19.00 (BST)

Riesener was court cabinetmaker for over ten years, supplying over 700 pieces to the French royal household. The details of these commissions were recorded in the Journal of the Garde-Meuble (the department of the royal household responsible for ordering and managing furnishings), as well as Riesener’s mémoires. These were invoices which contained detailed descriptions of the furniture, as well as the materials and techniques used to make them. Many of Riesener’s invoices survive and can be found in the collections of the Archives nationales and Bibliothèque nationale de France. This final talk in the series will explore a selection of invoices for pieces of royal furniture at Waddesdon Manor and the Royal Collection. They will tell us more about Riesener’s design and workshop processes, as well as the challenges he encountered during exceptionally ambitious projects.

Alexander Collins is the former Riesener Project Leverhulme Fellow at The Wallace Collection.

This online seminar is the third of three evening talks on Riesener held in collaboration with the Furniture History Society. Please click here to register.



Digital History | Fashion History Timeline

Posted in online learning, resources by internjmb on March 10, 2018

From the Fashion History Timeline, a project by FIT’s History of Art Department:

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The Fashion History Timeline is an open-access source for fashion history knowledge, featuring objects and artworks from over a hundred museums and libraries that span the globe. The Timeline website offers well-researched, accessibly written entries on specific artworks, garments and films for those interested in fashion and dress history. Started as a pilot project by Fashion Institute of Technology art history faculty and students in the Fall of 2015, the Timeline aims to be an important contribution to public knowledge of the history of fashion and to serve as a constantly growing and evolving resource not only for students and faculty, but also for the wider world of those interested in fashion and dress history–from the Renaissance scholar to the simply curious.

Robert Jacob Gordon’s Drawings and Papers Now Available Online

Posted in online learning, resources by Editor on February 17, 2017


Attributed to Robert Jacob Gordon, Upper (Northern) Half of Gordon’s ‘Great Map of Southern Africa, ca. 1786; ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper, 91.5 × 203 cm (Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, RP-T-1914-17-3-A). More information and a high resolution image is available here»

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Press release (14 February 2017) from the Rijksmuseum:

Today the Rijksmuseum launches www.robertjacobgordon.nl through which all of Robert Jacob Gordon’s drawings, diaries and letters are made accessible to all for the first time. The 18th-century Dutch explorer documented South Africa’s inhabitants, flora, and fauna in more than 450 detailed drawings. He meticulously noted down in his diaries and letters everything he experienced during his expeditions. The drawings, which include unique 8-metre-long panoramas, form part of the collection at the Rijksmuseum. The diaries and letters are kept in the Brendhurst Library in Johannesburg. On the occasion of the exhibition Good Hope: South Africa and the Netherlands from 1600, all of Gordon’s diaries and drawings are reunited for the first time and thus present a comprehensive view of 18th-century South Africa.

Zoom in on 18th-Century South Africa


Robert Jacob Gordon, Giraffa camelopardalis (Giraffe), 1779 (Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, RP-T-1914-17-149).

Through robertjacobgordon.nl, visitors are given a complete portrait of what Gordon encountered, and where. The site enables visitors to zoom in on the 18th-century map Gordon created alongside contemporary South Africa via Google Maps. The comparison revealed the uncanny accuracy of Gordon’s measurements. His diaries and letters are also made available digitally for the first time via the website. Gordon’s travel notes, discovered in 1960, are kept in the Brandhurst Library in Johannesburg. Through the website, these documents are made accessible for the first time. The original texts have been transcribed and translated into English for the occasion, with special functions linking Gordon’s texts to his drawings.

Robert Jacob Gordon

The 18th-century Dutch scientist Robert Jacob Gordon (1743–1795) travelled through the interior of South Africa during the second half of the 18th century. As a zoologist, cartographer, geographer, linguist, meteorologist, and anthropologist, he recorded his discoveries in an ‘Atlas’—a treasure trove of 450 drawings along with spectacular panoramas, multiple metres in length, that show precisely how Gordon portrayed the land, its inhabitants and the flora and fauna. To record all of this in words and in pictures, he made four extensive expeditions deep into the interior of South Africa, where he was frequently the mediator between the local people and the colonists, resolving conflicts arisen from arson, murders, and cattle thefts. As a representative of the European Enlightenment, Gordon poured his knowledge and expertise into the creation of ‘Great Map’, his compendium which remained unfinished due to his suicide in 1795 post the British invasion. A large number of Gordon’s drawings and metres-long, meticulously drawn panoramas can be seen in Rijksmuseum’s exhibition Good Hope: South Africa and the Netherlands from 1600 (17 February to 21 May 2017).

robertjacobgordon.nl is made possible by Cees en Ingeborg van der Burg and is created by the Rijksmuseum in association with Fabrique and Q42. The web address is obtained thanks to the Doesburgs’ Historical Society HetHuisDoesburg.







Six-Week Online Course | The Gothic Revival, 1700–1850

Posted in online learning, resources by Editor on February 20, 2016

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From Open Education:

Six-Week MOOC | The Gothic Revival, 1700–1850: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Beginning 29 February 2016

Taught by Dale Townshend and Peter Lindfield

Designed for the non-specialist learner, this six-week course is intended as an introduction to the inter-disciplinary dimensions of the Gothic Revival in British culture of the long eighteenth century (1700–1850). Over 6 weekly sessions, you will be guided by acknowledged experts in the field of Gothic studies through the following topics:

1  Introduction, and the Meanings of the Term ‘Gothic’ in the Eighteenth Century
2  An Introduction to Gothic Literature: Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764)
3  Gothic Literature after Walpole
4  The Gothic Revival in Architecture
5  Gothic Interiors in the Eighteenth Century
6  Gothic in Eighteenth-Century Visual Art

The MOOC commences on Monday 29 February 2016. Each session consists of three mini-lectures, quizzes, the use of reflective diaries, and peer discussion. Your tutors will be available for a one-hour live Question and Answer session per week. Further details about this will follow in due course.

Prerequisites: None, other than an abiding interest in the early Gothic aesthetic.

Time Commitments: Approximately 1 hour of formal instruction time per week, excluding your own personal study and reading.

Rules of Progression: Each successive week will only become available to you once you have completed the quiz for the previous week. Although these weekly exercises to do not count towards your certificate of completion, you are encouraged to complete them in preparation for the final quiz.

Certificates of Completion: Proof of having successfully completed the MOOC will be available at the end of the course. In order to qualify for a certificate, you will have to have scored at least 50% in the final quiz, an informal test comprised of a selection of questions encountered in earlier sessions.

Instructors: Dale Townshend (Senior Lecturer in Gothic and Romantic Studies Division of English Studies, University of Stirling) and Peter Lindfield (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Literature and Languages, University of Stirling)

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