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). 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.

Publication :  » Stuart Style : Monarchy, Dress and the Scottish Male Elite ».

HAYWARD Maria, Stuart Style : Monarchy, Dress and the Scottish Male Elite, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2020, 368 p.

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This is the first detailed analysis of elite men’s clothing in 17th-century Scotland and its influence on English male fashion. Focusing on the years 1566 through 1701, it centers on the clothing choices of five Stuart royals: James VI and I, Prince Henry, Charles I, Charles II, and James VII and II.

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Publication : « Caspar David Friedrich : Nature and the Self ».

AMSTUTZ Nina, Caspar David Friedrich : Nature and the Self, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2020, 280 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Best known for his atmospheric landscapes featuring contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies and morning mists, Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) came of age alongside a German Romantic philosophical movement that saw nature as an organic and interconnected whole. The naturalists in his circle believed that observations about the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms could lead to conclusions about human life. Many of Friedrich’s often-overlooked later paintings reflect his engagement with these philosophical ideas through a focus on isolated shrubs, trees, and rocks. Others revisit earlier compositions or iconographic motifs but subtly metamorphose the previously distinct human figures into the natural landscape.

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Publication :  » Sofonisba’s Lesson : A Renaissance Artist and Her Work ».

COLE Michael W., Sofonisba’s Lesson : A Renaissance Artist and Her Work, Princeton, Princeton university press, 2020, 312 p.

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Sofonisba Anguissola (ca. 1535–1625) was the daughter of minor Lombard aristocrats who made the unprecedented decision to have her trained as a painter outside the family house. She went on to serve as an instructor to Isabel of Valois, the young queen of Spain. Sofonisba’s Lesson sheds new light on Sofonisba’s work, offering a major reassessment of a Renaissance painter who changed the image of women’s education in Europe—and who transformed Western attitudes about who could be an artist.

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Publication :  » Insect Artifice : Nature and Art in the Dutch Revolt ».

BASS Marisa Anne, Insect Artifice : Nature and Art in the Dutch Revolt, Princeton, Princeton university press, 2019, 312 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

This pathbreaking and stunningly illustrated book recovers the intersections between natural history, politics, art, and philosophy in the late sixteenth-century Low Countries. Insect Artifice explores the moment when the seismic forces of the Dutch Revolt wreaked havoc on the region’s creative and intellectual community, compelling its members to seek solace in intimate exchanges of art and knowledge. At its center is a neglected treasure of the late Renaissance: the Four Elements manuscripts of Joris Hoefnagel (1542–1600), a learned Netherlandish merchant, miniaturist, and itinerant draftsman who turned to the study of nature in this era of political and spiritual upheaval. Presented here for the first time are more than eighty pages in color facsimile of Hoefnagel’s encyclopedic masterwork, which showcase both the splendor and eccentricity of its meticulously painted animals, insects, and botanical specimens.

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Publication : « A History of Art History ».

WOOD Christopher S., A History of Art History, Princeton, Princeton university press, 2019, 472 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

In this wide-ranging and authoritative book, the first of its kind in English, Christopher Wood tracks the evolution of the historical study of art from the late middle ages through the rise of the modern scholarly discipline of art history. Synthesizing and assessing a vast array of writings, episodes, and personalities, this original and accessible account of the development of art-historical thinking will appeal to readers both inside and outside the discipline. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « The Tastemakers : British Dealers and the Anglo-Gallic Interior, 1785–1865 ».

DAVIS Diana, The Tastemakers : British Dealers and the Anglo-Gallic Interior, 1785–1865, Los Angeles, Getty Publications, 2020, 320 p.

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In this volume, Diana Davis demonstrates how London dealers invented a new and visually splendid decorative style that combined the contrasting tastes of two nations. Departing from the conventional narrative that depicts dealers as purveyors of antiquarianism, Davis repositions them as innovators who were key to transforming old art objects from ancien r.gime France into cherished “antiques” and, equally, as creators of new and modified French-inspired furniture, bronze work, and porcelain. The resulting old, new, and reconfigured objects merged aristocratic French eighteenth-century taste with nineteenth-century British preference, and they were prized by collectors, who displayed them side by side in palatial interiors of the period. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Rembrandt Drawings ».

SLIVE Seymour, Rembrandt Drawings, Los Angeles, Getty Publications, 2019, 260 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Written by renowned Rembrandt scholar Seymour Slive, this gorgeous volume explores the artist’s extraordinary achievements as a draftsman by examining more than 150 of his drawings. Reproduced in color, these works are accompanied by etchings and paintings by Rembrandt and others, including Leonardo and Raphael. Unlike other publications of Rembrandt’s drawings, here they are arranged thematically, which makes his genius abundantly clear. Individual chapters focus on self-portraits, portraits of family members and friends, the lives of women and children, nudes, copies, model and study sheets, animals, landscapes and buildings, religious and mythological subjects, historical subjects, and genre scenes. Slive discusses possible doubtful attributions, which account for the considerable reduction from earlier times in the number of drawings now ascribed to the master. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Art, Honor and Success in The Dutch Republic : The Life and Career of Jacob van Loo ».

NOORMAN Judith, Art, Honor and Success in The Dutch Republic : The Life and Career of Jacob van Loo, Amsterdam, Amsterdam university press, 2020, 312 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Focusing on the interrelationship between Jacob van Loo’s art, honor, and career, this book argues that Van Loo’s lifelong success and unblemished reputation were by no means incompatible, as art historians have long assumed, with his specialization in painting nudes and his conviction for manslaughter. Van Loo’s iconographic specialty – the nude – allowed his clientele to present themselves as judges of beauty and display their mastery of decorum, while his portraiture perfectly expressed his clients’ social and political ambitions. Van Loo’s honor explains why his success lasted a lifetime, whereas that of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Vermeer did not. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book reinterprets the manslaughter case as a sign that Van Loo’s elite patrons recognized him as a gentleman and highly-esteemed artist.


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Publication : « Shopping Spaces and the Urban Landscape in Early Modern Amsterdam, 1550-1850 »

LESGER Clé, Shopping Spaces and the Urban Landscape in Early Modern Amsterdam, 1550-1850, Amsterdam, Amsterdam university press, 2020, 268 p.

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In this study, the appearance and location of shops in Amsterdam during the early modern period is linked to major changes in the urban economy, the size and socio-spatial distribution of its population, and the structure of the urban grid. Not only is there ample attention for the spatial distribution of shops across the urban landscape, but for the first time it is also accurately charted what the exterior and interior of Amsterdam shops looked like and how they changed in the course of the centuries. Partly as a result of this, it has proved possible to give an impression of the ways in which retailers and customers interacted. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « British Art and the East India Company ».

QUILLEY Geoff, British Art and the East India Company, Martlesham, Suffolk, Boydell Press, 2020, 370 p.

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This book examines the role of the East India Company in the production and development of British art during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when a new ‘school’ of British art was in its formative stages with the foundation of exhibiting societies and the Royal Academy in 1768. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Celebrity Culture and the Myth of Oceania in Britain 1770-1823 ».

SCOBIE Ruth, Celebrity Culture and the Myth of Oceania in Britain, 1770-1823, Martlesham, Suffolk, Boydell & Brewer, 2019, 216 p.

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At the end of the eighteenth century metropolitan Britain was entranced by stories emanating from the furthest edge of its nascent empire. In the experience of eighteenth-century Britain, Oceania was both a real place, evidenced by the journals of adventurers like Joseph Banks, the voyage books of Captain James Cook and the growing collection of artefacts and curiosities in the British Museum, and a realm of fantasy reflected in theatre, fashion and the new phenomenon of mass print. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « British Catholic Merchants in the Commercial Age 1670-1714 ».

PIZZONI Giada, British Catholic Merchants in the Commercial Age, 1670-1714, Martlesham, Suffolk, Boydell & Brewer, 2020, 230 p.

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British Catholic merchants in the long eighteenth century occupied an ambiguous social space. On the one hand, their religion made them marginal and suspect figures in a nation increasingly defining itself by its Protestantism against the Catholic powers of Europe. On the other, their Catholicism, particularly as national rivalries erupted into outright war, afforded them access to markets and contacts overseas which their Protestant competitors found it increasingly difficult to reach. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « The Changing Fortunes of a British Aristocratic Family, 1689–1976 : The Campbells of Cawdor and their Welsh Estates ».

DAVIES John, The Changing Fortunes of a British Aristocratic Family, 1689–1976 : The Campbells of Cawdor and their Welsh Estates, Martlesham, Suffolk, Boydell & Brewer, 2019, 353 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

For over two hundred years, the Campbells of Cawdor were major landowners, industrialists and politicians. Originating in Nairnshire, Scotland, they moved in the late seventeenth century to south Wales, where they became the second largest landowner in Wales and owners of significant coal and lead mines. They participated politically in the British state as MPs, peers, lords of the admiralty including one first lord, treasury lords, admirals, and army officers. They supported local good causes, were involved in London ‘society’, and were major art collectors. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « King of the World : The Life of Louis XIV ».

MANSEL Philip, King of the World : The Life of Louis XIV, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 2020, 608 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Louis XIV was a man in pursuit of glory. Not content to be the ruler of a world power, he wanted the power to rule the world. And, for a time, he came tantalizingly close. Philip Mansel’s King of the World is the most comprehensive and up-to-date biography in English of this hypnotic, flawed figure who continues to captivate our attention. This lively work takes Louis outside Versailles and shows the true extent of his global ambitions, with stops in London, Madrid, Constantinople, Bangkok, and beyond. We witness the importance of his alliance with the Spanish crown and his success in securing Spain for his descendants, his enmity with England, and his relations with the rest of Europe, as well as Asia, Africa, and the Americas. We also see the king’s effect on the two great global diasporas of Huguenots and Jacobites, and their influence on him as he failed in his brutal attempts to stop Protestants from leaving France. Along the way, we are enveloped in the splendor of Louis’s court and the fascinating cast of characters who prostrated and plotted within it. Continuer la lecture

Appel à contribution : « Visual and Material Culture Exchange across the Baltic Sea Region, 1772-1918 ».

Jean-Louis Desprez, Vue de Stockholm, XVIIIe siècle, plume et encre sur papier, 41 x 90 cm, Paris, musée du Louvre.

Type : appel à contribution.
Date limite de l’appel : 1er juin 2020.

The long nineteenth century occupies a precarious place in the history of the visual and material culture of the Baltic Sea Region, at once containing the most popular and most obscured areas of art historical investigation. Since the 1990s, the concept of a Baltic Sea Region encompassing the sea and its surrounding land has fostered transnational thinking about the region, transcending Cold War binaries of ‘East’ and ‘West’ in an effort to view the area more holistically. Yet national funding schemes in these countries—Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Russia—continue to foster a historiographical imbalance that downplays the region’s extraordinary significance as a cultural crossroads of the world. Continuer la lecture