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Publication : « Travel and the British Country House : Cultures, Critiques, and Consumption in the Long Eighteenth Century ».

STOBART Jon (dir.), Travel and the British Country House : Cultures, Critiques, and Consumption in the Long Eighteenth Century, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2017, 272 p.

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Travel and the British Country House explores the ways in which travel by owners, visitors, and material objects shaped country houses during the long eighteenth century. It provides a richer and more nuanced understanding of this relationship and how it varied according to the identity of the traveller and the geography of their journeys. The essays explore how travel on the Grand Tour, and further afield, formed an inspiration to build or remodel houses and gardens, the importance of country house visiting in shaping taste amongst British and European elites, and the practical aspects of travel, including the expenditure involved. Suitable for a scholarly audience, including postgraduate and undergraduate students, but also accessible to the general reader, Travel and the British Country House offers a series of fascinating studies of the country house that serve to animate the country house with flows of people, goods and ideas. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Lotteries, Art Markets, and Visual Culture in the Low Countries, 15th-17th Centuries ».

RAUX Sophie, Lotteries, Art Markets, and Visual Culture in the Low Countries, 15th-17th Centuries, Leiden, Brill, 2018, 400 p.

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Lotteries, Art Markets, and Visual Culture examines the lotteries as devices for distributing images and art objects, and constructing their value in the former Low Countries. Alongside the fairs and before specialist auction sales were established, they were an atypical but popular and large-scale form of the art trade. As part of a growing entrepreneurial sensibility based on speculation and a sense of risk, they lay behind many innovations. This study looks at their actors, networks and strategies. It considers the objects at stake, their value, and the forms of visual communication intended to boost an appetite for ownership. Ultimately, it contemplates how the lottery culture impacted notions of Fortune and Vanitas in the visual arts. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Colouring the Caribbean : Race and the art of Agostino Brunias ».

BAGNERIS Mia L., Colouring the Caribbean : Race and the art of Agostino Brunias, Manchester, Manchester university press, 2017, 272 p.

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Colouring the Caribbean offers the first comprehensive study of Agostino Brunias’s intriguing pictures of colonial West Indians of colour – so called ‘Red’ and ‘Black’ Caribs, dark-skinned Africans and Afro-Creoles, and people of mixed race – made for colonial officials and plantocratic elites during the late-eighteenth century. Although Brunias’s paintings have often been understood as straightforward documents of visual ethnography that functioned as field guides for reading race, this book investigates how the images both reflected and refracted ideas about race commonly held by eighteenth-century Britons, helping to construct racial categories while simultaneously exposing their constructedness and underscoring their contradictions. The book offers provocative new insights about Brunias’s work gleaned from a broad survey of his paintings, many of which are reproduced here for the first time. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Art, commerce and colonialism 1600–1800 ».

BARKER Emma (dir.), Art, commerce and colonialism 1600–1800, Manchester, Manchester university press, 2017, 200 p.

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The book examines how increasing engagement with the rest of the world transformed European art, architecture and design. It considers how commercial activity and colonial ventures gave rise to new and diverse forms of visual and material culture across the globe. Drawing on a wide range of recent scholarship, it offers a new perspective that challenges Eurocentric approaches.

Emma Barker is Senior Lecturer in Art History at The Open University. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « The Painter’s Touch : Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard ».

LAJER-BURCHARTH Ewa, The Painter’s Touch : Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard, Princeton, Princeton university press, 2018, 336 p.

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What can be gained from considering a painting not only as an image but also a material object? How does the painter’s own experience of the process of making matter for our understanding of both the painting and its maker? The Painter’s Touch addresses these questions to offer a radical reinterpretation of three paradigmatic French painters of the eighteenth century. In this beautifully illustrated book, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth provides close readings of the works of François Boucher, Jean-Siméon Chardin, and Jean-Honoré Fragonard, entirely recasting our understanding of these painters’ practice. Using the notion of touch, she examines the implications of their strategic investment in materiality and sheds light on the distinct contribution of painting to the culture of the Enlightenment. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790, Pinxit Mexici ».

KATZEW Ilona (dir.), Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790, Pinxit Mexici, Londres et New York, Prestel, 2017, 512 p.

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This stunning volume represents the first serious effort to reposition the history of 18th-century Mexican painting, a highly vibrant period marked by major stylistic changes and the invention of new iconographies. Exquisitely illustrated with newly commissioned photography of never-before-published artworks, the book provides a broad view of the connections of Mexican painting with transatlantic artistic trends and emphasizes its own internal developments and remarkable pictorial output. During this time painters were increasingly asked to create mural-size paintings to cover the walls of sacristies, choirs, staircases, cloisters, and university halls among others. Significantly, the same artists also produced portraits, casta paintings (depictions of racial mixing), folding screens, and finely rendered devotional images, attesting to their extraordinary versatility. Authored by leading experts in the field, the book’s essays address the tradition and innovation of Mexican painting, the mobility of pictures within and outside the viceroyalty, the political role of images, and the emphasis on ornamentation. Rounding out this volume are over 130 catalogue entries that offer new and authoritative interpretations.

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Publication : « Building reputations, Architecture and the artisan, 1750–1830 ».

LUCEY Conor, Building reputations, Architecture and the artisan, 1750–1830, Manchester, Manchester university press, 2018, 272 p.

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Taking a cue from a burgeoning revisionist scholarship devoted to early modern vernacular architectures and their relationship to the classical canon, this book rehabilitates the reputations of a representative if misunderstood building typology – the eighteenth-century brick terraced house – and the artisan communities of bricklayers, carpenters and plasterers responsible for its design and construction. Opening with a cultural history of the building tradesman in terms of his reception within contemporary architectural discourse, subsequent chapters consider the design, decoration and marketing of the town house in the principal cities of the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British Atlantic world. It is essential reading for students and scholars of the history of architectural design and interior decoration specifically, and of eighteenth-century society and culture generally. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Consumptive Chic : A History of Beauty, Fashion, and Disease ».

DAY Carolyn, Consumptive Chic : A History of Beauty, Fashion, and Disease, Londres, Bloomsbury Academic, 2017, 208 p.


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During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, there was a tubercular ‘moment’ in which perceptions of the consumptive disease became inextricably tied to contemporary concepts of beauty, playing out in the clothing fashions of the day. With the ravages of the illness widely regarded as conferring beauty on the sufferer, it became commonplace to regard tuberculosis as a positive affliction, one to be emulated in both beauty practices and dress. While medical writers of the time believed that the fashionable way of life of many women actually rendered them susceptible to the disease, Carolyn Day investigates the deliberate and widespread flouting of admonitions against these fashion practices in the pursuit of beauty.

Through an exploration of contemporary social trends and medical advice revealed in medical writing, literature, and personal papers, Consumptive Chic uncovers the intimate relationship between fashionable women’s clothing and medical understandings of the illness. Illustrated with over 40 full color fashion plates, caricatures, medical images, and photographs of original garments, this is a compelling story of the intimate relationship between the body, beauty, and disease—and the rise of ‘tubercular chic’. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Creating Distinctions in Dutch Genre Painting : Repetition and Invention ».

HO Angela K., Creating Distinctions in Dutch Genre Painting : Repetition and Invention, Amsterdam, Amsterdam university press, 2017, 336 p.

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In the mid-to-late seventeenth century, a number of Dutch painters created a new type of refined genre painting that was much admired by elite collectors. In this book, Angela Ho uses the examples of Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, and Frans van Mieris to show how this group of artists made creative use of repetition—such as crafting virtuosic, self-referential compositions around signature motifs, or engaging esteemed predecessors in a competitive dialogue through emulation—to project a distinctive artistic personality. The resulting paintings enabled purchasers and viewers to exercise their connoisseurial eye and claim membership in an exclusive circle of sophisticated enthusiasts—making creative repetition a successful strategy for both artists and viewers.

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Publication : « The Mercantile Effect : Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World during the 17th and 18th Centuries ».

BABAIE Sussan (dirs.) et GIBSON Melanie (dirs.), The Mercantile Effect : Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World during the 17th and 18th Centuries, Londres, Ginko Library, 2017, 160 p.

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With Contributions by Anna Ballian, Nicole Kancal Ferrari, Frederica Gigante, Francesco Gusella, Negar Habibi, Sinem Erdoğan Işkorkutan, Gul Kale, Dipti Khera, William Kynan-Wilson, Suet May Lam, Amy Landau, George Manginis, Zaheen Maqbool, Christos Merantzas, Alexandra Roy, and Nancy Um

This lavishly illustrated book collects papers delivered at the third Gingko conference The Mercantile Effect: On Art and Exchange in the Islamicate World During 17th–18th Centuries. Held in Berlin, this meeting brought together a group of established and early-career scholars to discuss how the movement of Armenian, Indian, Chinese, Persian, Turkish, and European merchants and their trade goods spread new ideas and new technologies across Western Asia in the early modern era. Through the newly-established Dutch, English, and French East India companies, as well as much older mercantile networks, prestigious exotic commodities—silk, ivory, books, glazed porcelains—were transported east and west. The collected essays in this volume introduce a fascinating array of not only trade objects but also customs and traditions that bring this period of intense cultural interplay to life. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Messerschmidt’s Character Heads : Maddening Sculpture and the Writing of Art History ».

YONAN Michael, Messerschmidt’s Character Heads : Maddening Sculpture and the Writing of Art History, New York, Routledge, 2018, 194 p.

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This book examines a famous series of sculptures by the German artist Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736–1783) known as his ‘Character Heads’. These are busts of human heads, highly unconventional for their time, representing strange, often inexplicable facial expressions. Scholars have struggled to explain these works of art. Some have said that Messerschmidt was insane, while others suggested that he tried to illustrate some sort of intellectual system. Michael Yonan argues that these sculptures are simultaneously explorations of art’s power and also critiques of the aesthetic limits that would be placed on that power.

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Publication : « Artisanal Enlightenment : Science and the Mechanical Arts in Old Regime France ».

BERTUCCI Paola, Artisanal Enlightenment : Science and the Mechanical Arts in Old Regime France, New Haven, Yale university press, 2017, 312 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

A groundbreaking work that places the mechanical arts and the world of making at the heart of the Enlightenment

What would the Enlightenment look like from the perspective of artistes, the learned artisans with esprit, who presented themselves in contrast to philosophers, savants, and routine-bound craftsmen? Making a radical change of historical protagonists, Paola Bertucci places the mechanical arts and the world of making at the heart of the Enlightenment. At a time of great colonial, commercial, and imperial concerns, artistes planned encyclopedic projects and sought an official role in the administration of the French state. The Société des Arts, which they envisioned as a state institution that would foster France’s colonial and economic expansion, was the most ambitious expression of their collective aspirations. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « The Conversation Piece : Making Modern Art in Eighteenth-Century Britain ».

RETFORD Kate, The Conversation Piece : Making Modern Art in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Londres, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2017, 440 p.

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Pioneered by William Hogarth (1697–1764) and his peers in the early eighteenth century, and then revitalized by Johan Zoffany (1733–1810), the conversation piece was an innovative mode of portraiture, depicting groups posed in landscape or domestic settings. These artists grappled with creating complex multi-figured compositions and intricate narratives, filling their paintings with representations of socially, nationally, and temporally precise customs. Paying particular attention to the vibrant (and at times fabricated) interior and exterior settings in these works, Kate Retford discusses the various ways that the conversation piece engaged with the rich material culture of Georgian Britain. The book also explores how these portraits served a wide array of interests and concerns among familial networks and larger social groups. From codifying performances of politeness to engaging in cross-cultural exchanges, the conversation piece was a complex and nuanced expression of a multifaceted society. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « I disegni di Charles Percier 1764-1838 : Emilia e Romagna nel 1791 ».

FROMMEL Sabine (dirs.) et GARRIC Jean-Philippe (dirs.),I disegni di Charles Percier 1764-1838 : Emilia e Romagna nel 1791, Rome, Campisano Editore, 2017, 172 p.

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I disegni qui pubblicati, eseguiti da Charles Percier nella sua breve permanenza in Emilia e in Romagna, portano per la prima volta alla luce una piccola parte della sua testarda e prolifica ricerca grafica, condotta negli oltre quattro anni trascorsi in Italia. Questi schizzi, una sorta di enciclopedia personale, non furono realizzati unicamente come ricordo dei posti più notevoli che ebbe l’opportunità di visitare, ma formarono un vero e proprio strumento professionale, cui fece ricorso per concepire libri, per nutrire le sue riflessioni di architetto e il suo lavoro di progettazione, per illustrare le sue idee ai suoi numerosi studenti. Alla fine della sua vita li fece montare e rilegare in volumi tematici e li lasciò in eredità ai suoi allievi, che poi li donarono alla biblioteca dell’Institut de France. Il soggiorno in Emilia-Romagna, tappa intermedia del viaggio che nel 1791 da Roma lo riportò in Francia, fu preceduto da una sosta ad Ancona, da cui, proseguendo verso Senigallia, raggiunse poi Bologna, Mantova e le quattro città ducali emiliane (Ferrara, Modena, Piacenza e Parma). A segnare questo viaggio nell’architettura furono le precedenti esperienze romane, che consentirono a Percier di maturare e affinare progressivamente l’esercizio del rilievo e di perfezionare la sua tecnica, fondata su un tratteggio a lapis, poi ripassato a penna e infine ad acquerello. Questo prezioso e seducente corpus grafico, oltre ad offrire le prime testimonianze note di alcuni monumenti e a documentare spazi urbani di notevole importanza, attesta il gusto, gli interessi e lo sguardo eclettico di un giovane architetto francese alla fine del Settecento. Percier, infatti, abbracciò graficamente un largo orizzonte cronologico, dall’antico fino al Neoclassicismo, accordando particolare interesse al Medioevo e al Rinascimento e privilegiando gli edifici in cui la costruzione è strettamente unita al decoro. Per rispondere a questa polisemia, il presente volume incrocia analisi storiche complementari, raggruppando specialisti della storia di Bologna, delle varie località visitate da Percier, dell’arte edilizia del Rinascimento, come della cultura e della pratica architettonica francese ed europea del periodo rivoluzionario e napoleonico. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « John Baskerville : Art and Industry in the Enlightenment »

ARCHER-PARRE Caroline et DICK Malcolm, John Baskerville : Art and Industry in the Enlightenment,Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2017, 288 p.

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This book is concerned with the eighteenth-century typographer, printer, industrialist, and Enlightenment figure John Baskerville (1707–1775). Baskerville was a Birmingham inventor, entrepreneur, and artist with a worldwide reputation who made eighteenth-century Birmingham a city without typographic equal, by changing the course of type design. Baskerville not only designed one of the world’s most historically important typefaces; he also experimented with casting and setting type, improved the construction of the printing-press, developed a new kind of paper, and refined the quality of printing inks. His typographic experiments put him ahead of his time, had an international impact, and did much to enhance the printing and publishing industries of his day. Yet despite his importance, fame, and influence many aspects of Baskerville’s work and life remain unexplored and his contribution to the arts, industry, culture, and society of the Enlightenment are largely unrecognized. Moreover, recent scholarly research in archaeology, art and design, history, literary studies, and typography is leading to a fundamental reassessment of many aspects of Baskerville’s life and impact, including his birthplace, his work as an industrialist, the networks which sustained him, and the reception of his printing in Britain and overseas. The last major, but inadequate publication of Baskerville dates from 1975. Now, forty years on, the time is ripe for a new book. This interdisciplinary approach provides an original contribution to printing history, eighteenth-century studies, and the dissemination of ideas. Continuer la lecture