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Publication : “Louis–Léopold Boilly (1761–1845) : Le peintre de la société parisienne de Louis XVI à Louis-Philippe”.

ZUBER Pascal (dirs.) et BRETON Etienne (dirs.), Louis–Léopold Boilly (1761–1845) : Le peintre de la société parisienne de Louis XVI à Louis-Philippe, Paris, Arthena, 2019, 2 volumes.

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Témoin brillant de la vie parisienne de Louis XVI à Louis-Philippe, Louis-Léopold Boilly (1761-1845) est un peintre inclassable d’une foisonnante diversité, auteur de deux mille peintures, dessins et estampes mais aussi de milliers de petits portraits, véritables photographies d’identité de ses contemporains. « Historien des moeurs françaises », il s’astreint à un processus de création rigoureux à partir de dessins préparatoires et de nombreuses études peintes qui témoignent d’un talent aussi rare qu’exigeant. Le prince Youssoupov, le duc de Berry et le duc d’Orléans ne s’y trompent pas en achetant ses scènes de café ou de mouvements de foule devant les théâtres. Si, dès 1800, le public se presse devant les « trompe-l’oeil » de l’artiste volontiers facétieux, sa désarmante virtuosité technique fait aujourd’hui toujours illusion. Caricaturiste inspiré, il exploite toutes les ressources de la physionomie humaine dans sa piquante série des Grimaces, lithographies populaires et enjouées qui ont assuré sa notoriété au-delà des frontières.
Cette monographie attendue de longue date, accompagnée du catalogue raisonné illustré, met en évidence les multiples facettes de l’art de Boilly, artiste novateur au style minutieux, dont la curiosité et l’humour fascinent toujours. Continuer la lecture

Publication : “Crowning Glories : Netherlandish Realism and the French Imagination during the Reign of Louis XIV”.

STONE Harriet, Crowning Glories : Netherlandish Realism and the French Imagination during the Reign of Louis XIV, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2019, 312 p.

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Crowning Glories integrates Louis XIV’s propaganda campaigns, the transmission of Northern art into France, and the rise of empiricism in the eighteenth century—three historical touchstones—to examine what it would have meant for France’s elite to experience the arts in France simultaneously with Netherlandish realist painting. In an expansive study of cultural life under the Sun King, Harriet Stone considers the monarchy’s elaborate palace decors, the court’s official records, and the classical theatre alongside Northern images of daily life in private homes, urban markets, and country fields. Continuer la lecture

Publication : “Epic Landscapes : Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Art of Watercolor”.

SIENKEWICZ Julia A., Epic Landscapes : Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Art of Watercolor, Charlottesville, The University of Virginia Press, 2019, 288 p.

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Epic Landscapes is the first study devoted to architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s substantial artistic oeuvre from 1795, when he set sail from Britain to Virginia, to late 1798, when he relocated to Pennsylvania. Thus, this book offers the only extended consideration of Latrobe’s Virginian watercolors, including a series of complex trompe l’oeil studies and three significant illustrated manuscripts. Though Latrobe’s architecture is well known, his watercolors have received little critical attention. Epic Landscapes rediscovers Latrobe’s watercolors as an ambitious body of work and reconsiders the close relationship between the visual and spatial sensibility of these images and his architectural designs. It also offers a fresh analysis of Latrobe within the context of creative practice in the Atlantic world at the end of the eighteenth century as he explored contemporary ideas concerning the form of art for Republican society and the social impacts of revolution.

Julia Sienkewicz is Assistant Professor of Art History at Roanoke College.

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Publication : “Le siècle d’or hollandais”.

BLANC Jan, Le Siècle d’or hollandais, Paris, Citadelles & Mazenod, septembre 2019, 608 p.

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Les historiens de l’art ont l’habitude d’utiliser l’expression de “siècle d’or hollandais” (gouden eeuw) pour qualifier la civilisation néerlandaise du XVIIe siècle et, plus spécifiquement encore, l’art de cette période. Ce livre entend repenser cette notion en proposant d’analyser la manière dont elle a été définie, pensée et décrite au XVIIe siècle, par les Hollandais eux-mêmes, comme par leurs contemporains. Continuer la lecture

Publication : “Landscape Painting in Revolutionary France”.

ADAMS Steven, Landscape Painting in Revolutionary France, New York, Routledge, 2019, 152 p.

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The French Revolution had a marked impact on the ways in which citizens saw the newly liberated spaces in which they now lived. Painting, gardening, cinematic displays of landscape, travel guides, public festivals, tales of space flight and devil-abduction each shaped citizens’ understanding of space. Through an exploration of landscape painting over some 40 years, Steven Adams examines the work of artists, critics and contemporary observers who have largely escaped art historical attention to show the importance of landscape as a means of crystallising national identity in a period of unprecedented political and social change.

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Publication : “The Ethics of Ornament in Early Modern Naples : Fashioning the Certosa di San Martino”.

NAPOLI J. Nicholas, The Ethics of Ornament in Early Modern Naples : Fashioning the Certosa di San Martino, New York, Routledge, 2019, 430 p.

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The Carthusian monks at San Martino began a series of decorative campaigns in the 1580s that continued until 1757, transforming the church of their monastery, the Certosa di San Martino, into a jewel of marble revetment, painting, and sculpture. The aesthetics of the church generate a jarring moral conflict: few religious orders honored the ideals of poverty and simplicity so ardently yet decorated so sumptuously. In this study, Nick Napoli explores the terms of this conflict and of how it sought resolution amidst the social and economic realities and the political and religious culture of early modern Naples. Napoli mines the documentary record of the decorative campaigns at San Martino, revealing the rich testimony it provides relating to both the monks’ and the artists’ expectations of how practice and payment should transpire. From these documents, the author delivers insight into the ethical and economic foundations of artistic practice in early modern Naples. The first English-language study of a key monument in Naples and the first to situate the complex within the cultural history of the city, The Ethics of Ornament in Early Modern Naples sheds new light on the Neapolitan baroque, industries of art in the age before capitalism, and the relation of art, architecture, and ornament.

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Publication : “Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy”.

HEDQUIST Valerie, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy, New York, Routledge, 2019, 202 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The reception of Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy from its origins to its appearances in contemporary visual culture reveals how its popularity was achieved and maintained by diverse audiences and in varied venues. Performative manifestations resulted in contradictory characterizations of the painted youth as an aristocrat or a ‘regular fellow’, as masculine or feminine, or as heterosexual or gay. In private and public spaces where viewers saw the actual painting and where living and rendered replicas circulated, Gainsborough’s painting was often the centerpiece where dominant and subordinate classes met, gender identities were enacted, and sexuality was implicitly or overtly expressed. Continuer la lecture

Publication : “Reframing Seventeenth-Century Bolognese Art : Archival Discoveries”.

BOHN Babette (dirs.) et MORSELLI Raffaella (dirs.), Reframing Seventeenth-Century Bolognese Art : Archival Discoveries, Amsterdam, Amsterdam university press, 2019, 192 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

These ground-breaking essays, all based on original archival research, consider the evolving interest in Bolognese art in seventeenth-century Italy, particularly focusing on the period after the death of Guido Reni in 1642. Edited by Bolognese specialists Raffaella Morselli and Babette Bohn, the studies collected here focus on the taste for Bolognese art within Bologna itself and in other parts of the Italian peninsula, including Mantua, Ferrara, Rome, and Florence. Essays examine the roles of gender, class, and the social status of the artist in early modern Bologna, approaches to exhibiting artworks in noble Bolognese collections, the reputations of local women artists, the popularity of Bolognese quadratura painting, and the relative success of both contemporary and earlier Bolognese artists with Italian collectors.

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Publication : “The Enlightenment’s Animals : Changing Conceptions of Animals in the Long Eighteenth Century”.

WOLLOCH Nathaniel, The Enlightenment’s Animals : Changing Conceptions of Animals in the Long Eighteenth Century, Amsterdam, Amsterdam university press, 2019, 248 p.

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In The Enlightenment’s Animals Nathaniel Wolloch takes a broad view of changing conceptions of animals in European culture during the long eighteenth century. Combining discussions of intellectual history, the history of science, the history of historiography, the history of economic thought, and, not least, art history, this book describes how animals were discussed and conceived in different intellectual and artistic contexts underwent a dramatic shift during this period. While in the seventeenth century and the first half of the eighteenth century the main focus was on the sensory and cognitive characteristics of animals, during the late Enlightenment a new outlook emerged, emphasizing their conception as economic resources. Focusing particularly on seventeenth-century Dutch culture, and on the Scottish Enlightenment, Wolloch discusses developments in other countries as well, presenting a new look at a topic of increasing importance in modern scholarship.

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Publication : “The Neapolitan Lives and Careers of Netherlandish Immigrant Painters (1575-1655)”.

OSNABRUGGE Marije, The Neapolitan Lives and Careers of Netherlandish Immigrant Painters (1575-1655), Amsterdam, Amsterdam university press, 2019, 400 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The seventeenth century was a time of exceptional mobility for Netherlandish artists. This mobility had a profound impact on artistic developments, stimulating innovation and creativity in the Netherlands as well as abroad. Whereas most artists undertook a relatively short study trip, others decided to settle down and shape their life in a new environment. This study traces the integration process — as artists and as migrants in general — of Aert Mytens, Louis Finson, Abraham Vinck, Hendrick De Somer and Matthias Stom in Naples between 1575 and 1655. Departing from the idea that the experience of every migrant is specific to their background and skills, The Neapolitan Lives and Careers of Netherlandish Immigrant Painters (1575-1655) examines the challenges each of these five artists faced, the choices they made and the opportunities they grasped. The dynamics of art and society in Naples, the bustling capital of the Spanish viceroyalty, forms the context for their lives and careers.

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Publication : “The Art and Culture of Scandinavian Central Europe : 1550–1720”.

NEVILLE Kristoffer, The Art and Culture of Scandinavian Central Europe, 1550–1720, University Park, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019, 264 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Politically and militarily powerful, early modern Scandinavia played an essential role in the development of Central European culture from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. In this volume, Kristoffer Neville shows how the cultural ambitions of Denmark and Sweden were inextricably bound to those of other Central European kingdoms. Continuer la lecture

Publication : ” Witnessing Slavery : Art and Travel in the Age of Abolition”.

THOMAS Sarah, Witnessing Slavery : Art and Travel in the Age of Abolition, New Haven, Yale university press, septembre 2019, 304 p.

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A timely and original look at the role of the eyewitness account in the representation of slavery in British and European art

Gathering together over 160 paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints, this book offers an unprecedented examination of the shifting iconography of slavery in British and European art between 1760 and 1840. In addition to considering how the work of artists such as Agostino Brunias, James Hakewill, and Augustus Earle responded to abolitionist politics, Sarah Thomas examines the importance of the eyewitness account in endowing visual representations of transatlantic slavery with veracity. “Being there,” indeed, became significant not only because of the empirical opportunities to document slave life it afforded but also because the imagery of the eyewitness was more credible than sketches and paintings created by the “armchair traveler” at home. Full of original insights that cast a new light on these highly charged images, this volume reconsiders how slavery was depicted within a historical context in which truth was a deeply contested subject.

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Publication : ” Siting China in Germany : Eighteenth-Century Chinoiserie and Its Modern Legacy”.

HERTEL Christiane, Siting China in Germany : Eighteenth-Century Chinoiserie and Its Modern Legacy, University Park, The Pennsylvania State University Press, octobre 2019, 304 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Chinoiserie—the use of motifs, materials, and techniques considered ‘Chinese’ in ceramics, furniture, interior design, and landscape architecture—has often been associated with courtly decadence and shallow escapism. In Siting China in Germany, Christiane Hertel challenges conventional assumptions about this art form by developing a fresh, complex perspective on collections, gardens, and literature in the long eighteenth century. Continuer la lecture

Publication : “Canons and Values : Ancient to Modern”.

TERRACIANO Kevin (dirs.) et SILVER Larry (dirs.), Canons and Values : Ancient to Modern, Los Angeles, Getty Publications, 2019, 344 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

A century ago, all art was evaluated through the lens of European classicism and its tradition. This volume explores the foundations of the European canon, offers a critical rethinking of ancient and classical art, and interrogates the canons of cultures that have often been left at the margins of art history. It underscores the historical and geographical diversity of canons and the local values underlying them.

Twelve international scholars consider how canons are constructed and contested, focusing on the relationship between canonical objects and the value systems that shape their hierarchies. Deploying an array of methodologies—including archaeological investigations, visual analysis, and literary critique—the authors examine canon formation throughout the world, including Africa, India, East Asia, Mesoamerica, South America, ancient Egypt, classical Greece, and Europe. Continuer la lecture

Publication : “The Place of the Viewer : The Embodied Beholder in the History of Art, 1764–1968”.

HOUSTON Kerr, The Place of the Viewer : The Embodied Beholder in the History of Art, 1764–1968, Leiden, Brill, 2019, 270 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

In recent decades, art historians and critics have occasionally emphasized a dynamic, embodied mode of looking, accenting the role of the viewer and the complex interplay between beholders and works of art. In The Place of the Viewer, Kerr Houston shows that an attention to the position and physical experiences of beholders has in fact long informed art historical analyses—and that close study of the theme can lead to a fuller understanding of the discipline, the act of viewership and individual works of art. Simultaneously attentive to historical ideas and contemporary scholarship, this book identifies a vein of thought that has been generally overlooked, and proposes new ways of seeing familiar works and traditions. Continuer la lecture