Archives de l’auteur : Maxime Georges Métraux

À propos Maxime Georges Métraux

Doctorant en Histoire de l’art moderne (Université Paris IV –Sorbonne, Centre André Chastel – UMR 8150).

Publication : « Thomas Gainsborough : The Modern Landscape ».

HOINS Katharina (dirs.) et VOGTHERR Christoph (dirs.) pour la Hamburger Kunsthalle, Thomas Gainsborough : The Modern Landscape, Munich, Hirmer verlag, mars 2018, 224 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88) is one of the great European painters of the 18th century. This volume is the first to present the English artist as a pivotal figure in the development of “modern” landscape painting, a genre in which his painterly experiments were particularly innovative. Gainsborough himself favoured landscape painting, a field to which he made important contributions, over his well-known portraits. His works are fascinating for their painterly subtlety and technical variation. This volume brings together German and British traditions of viewing, interpreting, and studying Gainsborough. It looks at the connections to the Dutch landscapes, explains Gainsborough’s unusual and experimental techniques from an art technological point of view, and situates his landscapes in the context of the social tensions of early industrialisation.

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Publication : « The Enlightenment Rediscovery of Egyptology : Vitaliano Donati’s Egyptian Expedition, 1759–62 ».

SCATTOLIN MORECROFT Angela, The Enlightenment Rediscovery of Egyptology : Vitaliano Donati’s Egyptian Expedition, 1759–62, New York, Routledge, 2017, 216 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

In 1759 the botanist and scientist Vitaliano Donati led an expedition to Egypt under the patronage of King Carlo Emanuele III of Sardinia, to acquire Egyptian antiquities for the Museum in Turin. Charting his tumultuous expedition, this book reveals how, in spite of his untimely death in 1762, Donati managed to send enough items back to Turin to lay the foundations for one of the earliest and largest systematic collections of Egyptology in Europe and help to bring the world of ancient Egypt into the consciousness of Enlightenment scholarship. Whilst the importance of this collection has long been recognised, its exact contents have been remained largely unknown. War, the Napoleonic occupation of Italy and the amalgamation and reorganisation of museum collections resulted in a dispersal of objects and loss of provenance. As a result it had been supposed that the actual contents of Donati’s collection could not be known. However, the discovery by Angela Morecroft in 2004 of Donati’s packing list reveals the exact quantity and type of objects that he acquired, offering the possibility to cross-reference his descriptions with unidentified artifacts at the Museum. By examining Donati’s expedition to Egypt and seeking to identify the objects he sent back to Turin, this book provides a fascinating insight into early collecting practice and the lasting historical impact of these items. As such it will prove a valuable resource for all those with an interest in the history of museums and collecting, as well as enlightenment travels to Egypt. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Material Witnesses : Domestic Architecture and Plantation Landscapes in Early Virginia ».

WELLS Camille, Material Witnesses : Domestic Architecture and Plantation Landscapes in Early Virginia, Charlottesville, The University of Virginia Press, 2018, 416 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The Chesapeake region of eastern Virginia and Maryland offers a wealth of evidence for readers and researchers who want to discover what life was like in early America. In this eagerly anticipated volume, Camille Wells, one of the foremost experts on eighteenth-century Virginia architecture, gathers the discoveries unearthed during a career spent studying the buildings and plantations across this geographic area. Drawing on the skills and insights of archaeologists and architectural historians to uncover and make sense of layers of construction and reconstruction, as well as material evidence and records ranging from ceramics, furniture, and textiles to estate inventories and newspaper advertisements, Wells poses meaningful questions about the past and proposes new ways to understand the origins of American society. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « From Gluttony to Enlightenment : The World of Taste in Early Modern Europe ».

VON HOFFMANN Viktoria, From Gluttony to Enlightenment : The World of Taste in Early Modern Europe, Champaign, University of Illinois Press, 2017, 282 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Scorned since antiquity as low and animal, the sense of taste is celebrated today as an ally of joy, a source of adventure, and an arena for pursuing sophistication. The French exalted taste as an entrée to ecstasy, and revolutionized their cuisine and language to express this new way of engaging with the world. Viktoria von Hoffmann explores four kinds of early modern texts—culinary, medical, religious, and philosophical—to follow taste’s ascent from the sinful to the beautiful. Combining food studies and sensory history, she takes readers on an odyssey that redefined a fundamental human experience. Scholars and cooks rediscovered a vast array of ways to prepare and present foods. Far-sailing fleets returned to Europe bursting with new vegetables, exotic fruits, and pungent spices. Hosts refined notions of hospitality in the home while philosophers pondered the body and its perceptions. As von Hoffmann shows, these labors produced a sea change in perception and thought, one that moved taste from the base realm of the tongue to the ethereal heights of aesthetics.

Viktoria von Hoffmann is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liège.

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Publication : « Pierre Guérin (1774 – 1833) ».

KORCHANE Mehdi, Pierre Guérin (1774-1833), Paris, Mare et Martin, avril 2018, 400 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

De tous les peintres qui dominent la scène française au début du XIXe siècle, Pierre Guérin est le plus méconnu. L’évolution de la peinture d’histoire du Directoire à la monarchie de Juillet ne peut pourtant se comprendre sans cet artiste capital, passeur entre la modernité de David, qu’il a transformée en l’assimilant, et celle des peintres romantiques qu’il a formés. Guérin doit au Retour de Marcus Sextus, mémorial des peines endurées par la famille France au cours de la Révolution, des débuts mythiques au Salon de 1799, et l’extraordinaire succès de Phèdre et Hippolyte en 1802, lui assure un statut équivalent à celui de Chateaubriand dans la sphère publique. Il produit au cours de l’Empire et de la Restauration des oeuvres qui ont marqué la mémoire collective et occupent, de longue date, les cimaises du musée du Louvre (Aurore et Céphale, Didon et Enée…). Membre de l’Académie de beaux-arts, promoteur d’un beau idéal prenant sa source dans l’Antiquité, tout en favorisant par son action pédagogique l’essor de la peinture romantique, il incarne tous les paradoxes de cette époque en rupture.

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Publication : « American Furniture, 1650 to the Present ».

FITZGERALD Oscar, American Furniture, 1650 to the Present, Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017, 630 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Drawing on the latest scholarship, this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated survey tells the story of the evolution of American furniture from the 17th century to the present. Not viewed in isolation, furniture is placed in its broader cultural, historic, and aesthetic context. The focus is not only on the urban masterpieces of 18th-century William and Mary, Queen Anne, Chippendale, and Federal styles but also on the work of numerous rural cabinetmakers. Special chapters explore Windsor chairs, Shaker, and Pennsylvania German furniture which do not follow the mainstream style progression. Picturesque and anti-classical explain Victorian furniture including Rococo, Renaissance, and Eastlake. Mission and Arts and Crafts furniture introduce the 20th century. Another chapter identifies the eclectic revivals such as Early American that dominated the mass market throughout much of the 20th century. After World War II American designers created many of the Mid-Century Modern icons that are much sought after by collectors today. The rise of studio furniture and furniture as art which include some of the most creative and imaginative furniture produced in the 20th and 21st centuries caps the review of four centuries of American furniture. A final chapter advises on how to evaluate the authenticity of both traditional and modern furniture and how to preserve it for posterity. With over 800 photos including 24 pages of color, this fully illustrated text is the authoritative reference work. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Engel-Bilder : Die Sichtbarkeit von Engelfiguren in italienischer Malerei um 1600 ».

GOGA Malte, Engel-Bilder : Die Sichtbarkeit von Engelfiguren in italienischer Malerei um 1600, Munich, Wilhelm Fink, 2018, 299 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Die innovativen Engelfiguren Caravaggios und sogenannter „Caravaggisten“ werden hier erstmalig und systematisch im Zusammenhang mit den erstaunlich kreativen theologischen Engelvorstellungen der Zeit um 1600 untersucht.
Da sie kein Pendant in der sichtbaren Welt haben, ist das Sehen von Engeln notwendigerweise ein Sehen von Bildern. Bilder von Engeln thematisieren daher stets die Leistungen des Mediums bei der Sichtbarmachung des Unsichtbaren. Anders als heute galten Engel in den Jahren um 1600 als zeitweilig sichtbare Bestandteile der realen Welt. Engel-Bilder dürfen so nicht allein als symbolische Konstruktionen, sondern zudem als Abbilder realer Seheindrücke gelten. Die bislang ausgebliebene Würdigung von Engeln als ästhetischen Reflexionsfiguren und als Figuren theoretischer Reflexion offenbart eine bislang unbeachtete Gemeinsamkeit gemalter und theoretisierter Engelkörper: ihre fundamental poietische Bildlichkeit.

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Publication : « The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior ».

GOODISON Judith , The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior, Londres, Philip Wilson, 2017, 464 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The Chippendale cabinet-making firm, founded by Thomas Chippendale senior in about 1750 became famous partly through the succesful publication of his The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director (1754, re-published 1755 and 1762), and partly through the fine furniture supplied to a number of illustrious clients. Chippendale senior ran the workshop for just over twenty years. His eldest son Thomas Chippendale junior (1749–1822) continued the business for over forty, the first two decades in partnership with Thomas Haig. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1760–1870 : The International Quilt Study Center and Museum Collections ».

COX CREWS Patricia (dirs.) et DUCEY Carolyn (dirs.), American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1760–1870 : The International Quilt Study Center and Museum Collections, Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 2018, 528 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Part of a comprehensive catalog of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum collection, American Quilts in the Industrial Age, 1760–1870 highlights the dazzling designs and intricate needlework of America’s treasured material culture. From whole cloth to pieced quilts to elaborate appliqué examples, all reflecting various design movements such as Neoclassicism and Eastern exoticism, the contributing authors address the development of quilt making in America from its inception in the 1700s to the period of the U.S. Civil War. Continuer la lecture

Colloque : « Porcelain Circling the Globe : International Trading Structures and the East Asia Collection of Augustus the Strong (1670–1733) ».

Assembled garniture, porcelain from Jingdezhen and Dehua, China, 1650–1720, on an English japanned cabinet, ca. 1680, in the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Photo: Peter Kelleher).

Type : colloque.
Date et heure : du 13 au 15 juin 2018.
Lieu : The Porzellansammlung Dresden, Dresde.

The Porzellansammlung Dresden will host the international conference Porcelain Circling the Globe: International Trading Structures and the East Asia Collection of Augustus the Strong (1670–1733) in Dresden, Germany, on 13–14 June 2018. Over two days, the conference will discuss the porcelain trade conducted by individual dealers working outside of the dominant trading companies in the 17th and 18th centuries. It will focus on private networks in and beyond Asia, as well as the emergence of collecting East Asian art in Europe. Continuer la lecture

Appel à communication : « Many Antwerp Hands. Collaborations in Netherlandish Art, 1400-1750 ».

Pierre-Paul Rubens, Loth et ses filles, vers 1613 – 1614, huile sur toile, 190 x 225 cm.

Type : Appel à communication.
Date limite de l’appel : 1 mars 2018.
Date de l’événement : 5 et 6 novembre 2018.
Lieu : Anvers.

In the early modern Low Countries, distinctive patterns of collaboration developed. Not only legal agreements but also relationships of trust fostered an artistic culture in which collaboration was a central practice – seemingly as important to the participating artists as to their works’ viewers. Quinten Metsijs and Joachim Patinir’s collaborative production of The Temptation of St. Anthony (Madrid, Prado), painted in Antwerp in about 1520-24, was still recognized half a century later and far from its geographical origins as a work produced by two painters in concert: a 1574 list of works King Philip II of Spain sent to the monastery of El Escorial expressly described the painting as having figures by Metsijs and a landscape by Patinir. Continuer la lecture

Workshop : « Typographia Linguarum Externarum – The Medici Oriental Press. Knowledge and Cultural Transfer around 1600 ».

Antonio Tempesta, La pêche aux perles aux Indes, ca. 1610, huile sur lapis collé sur ardoise, cadre en cuivre doré et argent émaillé, Paris, musée du Louvre.

Type : workshop.
Date et heure : 11 et 12 janvier 2018.
Lieu : Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51, 50122 Florence / Italy.

Workshop organized by Eckhard Leuschner and Gerhard Wolf

within the framework of the project:
« Die Typographia Medicea im Kontext: Text und Bild als Medien des Kultur- und Wissenstransfers zwischen europäischen und orientalischen Kulturräumen um 1600 »

funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft


jeudi 11 janvier 2018
Continuer la lecture

Cycle de conférences de Victor Stoichita à Paris.

Victor Stoichita

Type : cycle de conférences.
Date et heure : du 02 février au 04 juin 2018.
Lieu : Collège de FranceAmphithéâtre Marguerite de Navarre, 11, place Marcelin-Berthelot, 75005 Paris.

Le professeur Victor Stoichita (Université de Fribourg) dispensera une série de conférences, suivies d’interventions de collègues européens dans le cadre du  programme de la Chaire Européenne du Collège de France de 2018. Continuer la lecture

Colloque : « Kunst und Katholizismus in der niederländischen Republik / Art and Catholicism in the Dutch Republic ».

Abraham Bloemaert, Adoration des bergers, XVIIe siècle, toile, 287 x 229 cm, Paris, musée du Louvre.

Type : colloque.
Date et heure : 22 au 24 février 2018.
Lieu : Städel Museum, Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main.


jeudi 22 février 2018

13.30 Begrüßung / Welcome

Philipp Demandt (Direktor, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), Barbara Welzel (TU Dortmund)

Einführung / Introduction
Almut Pollmer-Schmidt (Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), Esther Meier (TU Dortmund / Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg)

14.00 Imagining Catholicism in the Dutch Republic
Judith Pollmann (Leiden University) Continuer la lecture

Colloque : « Global Encounters and the Archives : Britain’s Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century ».

Jean Suau, Allégorie de la France libérant l’Amérique, 1784, huile sur toile, 135 x 186 cm, Blérancourt, Musée national de la Coopération Franco-américaine.

Type : colloque.
Date et heure : 09 et 10 février 2018.
Lieu : The Graduate Club, New Haven.

As part of the Lewis Walpole Library’s celebration of Horace Walpole’s tercentenary and the 100th anniversary of W.S. Lewis’s Yale class of 1918, the library is working with Steve Pincus, Bradford Durfee Professor of History, Yale University, to organize a two-day conference on Friday and Saturday, February 9 and 10, 2018, to consider how current multi-disciplinary methodologies invite creative research in archival and special collections at the Lewis Walpole Library and beyond. Planned thematic sessions include “What is Empire?,” “Conceptualizing Political Economy,” “Slavery,” “Indigenous Peoples,” “Diplomacy,” and “Material Culture.” This conference is organized in association with the exhibition, Global Encounters and the Archives: Britain’s Empire during the Age of Horace Walpole. The conference will be held at The Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street, New Haven Connecticut 06511. Continuer la lecture