Appel à communication : “Uncovering the Animal : Skin, Fur, Feathers 1450-1700”.

Pieter Boel, Renards, XVIIe siècle, huile sur toile, 53 x 65 cm, Paris, musée du Louvre.

Type : appel à communication.
Date limite de l’appel : 15 mars 2018.
Date de l’événement : 29 juin 2018.
Lieu : King’s Colleg, Londres.

Renaissance Skin Workshop – ‘Uncovering the Animal: Skin, Fur, Feathers 1450-1700

This half-day workshop will reflect on the multiple ways in which animal skin and the by-products of the evacuation of humoreal excreta (hair, fur, feathers) were conceptualised and used between 1450 and 1700. Combining different historiographical approaches and sources (textual, material, and visual), the workshop aims to open the field up to a wider audience, strengthen the need to consider animals compared to similar work on human skin and hair, and facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation, from natural history to material culture, on animal skin in a globalised world.

Confirmed speakers are Stefan Hanß (Cambridge) on feather-work, Patricia Lurati (Zürich) on fur in Renaissance art, and Thomas Rusbridge (Birmingham) on shagreen. We welcome proposals that complement these topics, in particular those that address shells, scales, and animal skin, hair, and fur in natural history texts, but we will consider papers that fall outside of these areas. Presentations will be followed by ample time for discussion and reflection, and so we are happy for works in progress.

Proposals (up to 250 words) for 20-minute papers should be sent to Kathleen Walker-Meikle at by 15 March 2018. We may be able to provide speakers with reasonable accommodation and travel costs. Please indicate when you apply if you will require reimbursements of expenses.

The workshop is organised as part of the Renaissance Skin project (

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Maxime Georges Métraux (2018, 29 janvier). Appel à communication : “Uncovering the Animal : Skin, Fur, Feathers 1450-1700”. Groupe de Recherche en Histoire de l'Art Moderne. Consulté le 13 avril 2024, à l’adresse

Maxime Georges Métraux

Doctorant en Histoire de l'art moderne (Université Paris IV –Sorbonne, Centre André Chastel – UMR 8150). Expert pour la galerie Hubert Duchemin et chargé d’enseignement à l'Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. Commissaire scientifique de l’exposition "Chic Emprise : Cultures, usages et sociabilités du tabac du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle" (22 juin - 23 septembre 2019) au musée du Nouveau Monde de La Rochelle.

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