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Publication : « Local Antiquities, Local Identities : Art, Literature, and Antiquarianism in Europe, c. 1400–1700 ».

CHRISTIAN Kathleen Christian (dirs.) DIVITIIS Bianca de (dirs.), Local Antiquities, Local Identities : Art, Literature, and Antiquarianism in Europe, c. 1400–1700, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2018, 352 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

This collection investigates the wide array of local antiquarian practices that developed across Europe in the early modern era. Breaking new ground, it explores local concepts of antiquity in a period that has been defined as a uniform ‘Renaissance’. Contributors take a novel approach to the revival of the antique in different parts of Italy, as well as examining other, less widely studied antiquarian traditions in France, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Britain and Poland. They consider how real or fictive ruins, inscriptions and literary works were used to demonstrate a particular idea of local origins, to rewrite history or to vaunt civic pride. In doing so, they tackle such varied subjects as municipal antiquities collections in Southern Italy and France, the antiquarian response to the pagan, Christian and Islamic past on the Iberian Peninsula, and Netherlandish interest in megalithic ruins thought to be traces of a prehistoric race of Giants. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Painter of Pedigree : Thomas Weaver of Shrewsbury, Animal Artist of the Agricultural Revolution ».

WEAVER Lawrence Trevelyan, Painter of Pedigree : Thomas Weaver of Shrewsbury, Animal Artist of the Agricultural Revolution, Londres, Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018, 300 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Thomas Weaver of Shrewsbury (1775–1844) is known for his wonderful paintings of animals—prize bulls, pedigreed sheep, and thoroughbred stallions—set against the backdrop of the ever-changing English landscape as the Industrial Revolution gathered steam. Traveling from country house to country house, Weaver with his journeys mapped the networks of kinship, patronage, and aspiration that undergirded the social life of the landed families and gentry of Georgian England. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Exotic Animals in the Art and Culture of the Medici Court in Florence ».

GROOM Angelica, Exotic Animals in the Art and Culture of the Medici Court in Florence, Leiden, Brill, 2018, 340 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The book examines the roles that rare and exotic animals played in the cultural self-fashioning and the political imaging of the Medici court during the family’s reign, first as Dukes of Florence (1532-1569) and subsequently as Grand Dukes of Tuscany (1569-1737). The book opens with an examination of global practices in zoological collecting and cultural uses of animals. The Medici’s activities as collectors of exotic species, the menageries they established and their deployment of animals in the ceremonial life of the court and in their art are examined in relation to this wider global perspective. The book seeks to nuance the myth promoted by the Medici themselves that theirs was the most successful princely serraglio in early modern Europe.   Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Guy François (vers 1578-1650) : Peintre caravagesque du Puy-en-Velay ».

SAUNIER Bruno, Guy François (vers 1578-1650) : Peintre caravagesque du Puy-en-Velay, Paris, Arthena, 2018, 248 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Avec Jean Boucher de Bourges, Jean Chalette de Toulouse ou bien encore Horace Le Blanc de Lyon, Guy François appartient à cette génération de peintres français qui ont produit l’essentiel de leur œuvre en province, entre ces deux puissants courants de la création artistique que furent la seconde école de Fontainebleau et la peinture parisienne du temps de Simon Vouet.

Guy François a fait l’essentiel de sa carrière au Puy-en-Velay. Vraisemblablement né en 1578, il se rend dès le début du XVIIsiècle à Rome où il reste jusqu’en 1613. Dans la Rome des papes Clément VIII Aldobrandini et Paul V Borghèse, il côtoie le Caravage, Annibal Carrache ainsi que le cavalier d’Arpin et le jeune Guido Reni. Mais c’est surtout du Vénitien Carlo Saraceni dont il se sent le plus proche. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Experimental Selves : Person and Experience in Early Modern Europe ».

BRAIDER Christopher, Experimental Selves : Person and Experience in Early Modern Europe, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2018, 448 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Drawing on the generous semantic range the term enjoyed in early modern usage, Experimental Selves argues that ‘person,’ as early moderns understood this concept, was an ‘experimental’ phenomenon—at once a given of experience and the self-conscious arena of that experience. Person so conceived was discovered to be a four-dimensional creature: a composite of mind or ‘inner’ personality; of the body and outward appearance; of social relationship; and of time. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Picturing the Pacific : Joseph Banks and the Shipboard Artists of Cook and Flinders ».

TAYLOR James, Picturing the Pacific : Joseph Banks and the Shipboard Artists of Cook and Flinders, Londres, Adlard Coles Nautical, 2018, 256 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

For over 50 years between the 1760s and the early 19th century, the pioneers who sailed from Europe to explore the Pacific brought back glimpses of this new world in the form of oil paintings, watercolours and drawings—a sensational view of a part of the world few would ever see. Today these works represent a fascinating and inspiring perspective from the frontier of discovery. It was Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society, who popularised the placement of professional artists on British ships of exploration. They captured striking and memorable images of everything they encountered: exotic landscapes, beautiful flora and fauna, as well as remarkable portraits of indigenous peoples. These earliest views of the Pacific, particularly Australia, were designed to promote the new world as enticing, to make it seem familiar, to encourage further exploration and, ultimately, British settlement. Drawing on both private and public collections from around the world, this lavish book collects together oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, and other documents from those voyages and presents a unique glimpse into an age where science and art became irrevocably entwined. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « The Invention of Rare Books : Private Interest and Public Memory, 1600–1840 ».

MCKITTERICK David, The Invention of Rare Books : Private Interest and Public Memory, 1600–1840 (New York, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 460 p

Présentation de l’éditeur :

When does a book that is merely old become a rarity and an object of desire? David McKitterick examines, for the first time, the development of the idea of rare books, and why they matter. Studying examples from across Europe, he explores how this idea took shape in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and how collectors, the book trade and libraries gradually came together to identify canons that often remain the same today. In a world that many people found to be over-supplied with books, the invention of rare books was a process of selection. As books are one of the principal means of memory, this process also created particular kinds of remembering. Taking a European perspective, McKitterick looks at these interests as they developed from being matters of largely private concern and curiosity, to the larger public and national responsibilities of the first half of the nineteenth century. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « The Politics of Parody : A Literary History of Caricature, 1760–1830 ».

TAYLOR David Francis, The Politics of Parody : A Literary History of Caricature, 1760–1830, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2018, 320 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

This engaging study explores how the works of Shakespeare, Milton, Swift, and others were taken up by caricaturists as a means of helping the eighteenth-century British public make sense of political issues, outrages, and personalities. The first in-depth exploration of the relationship between literature and visual satire in this period, David Taylor’s book explores how great texts, seen through the lens of visual parody, shape how we understand the political world. It offers a fascinating, novel approach to literary history. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Du clos Saint-Lazare à la gare du Nord : Histoire d’un quartier de Paris ».

JIMENO Frédéric (dirs.), BOWIE Karen (dirs.) et BOURILLON Florence (dirs.), Du clos Saint-Lazare à la gare du Nord : Histoire d’un quartier de Paris, Rennes, PUR, 2018, 256 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

La léproserie Saint-Lazare devint en 1632 le berceau de la congrégation de la Mission que Saint Vincent de Paul avait fondée quelques années auparavant. Cet espace subit d’importantes transformations au cours des XIXe et XXe siècles. C’est l’histoire de la maison Saint-Lazare et de son clos que ce livre tente d’éclaircir, non pas tant la prison pour femmes, que l’économie de la maison mère d’une des principales congrégations de la France de l’Ancien Régime et son adaptation successive à différents usages.

L’ouvrage fera l’objet d’une présentation le 15 septembre prochain à la médiathèque Françoise Sagan.

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Publication : « Rembrandt’s Roughness ».

SUTHOR Nicola, Rembrandt’s Roughness, Princeton, Princeton university press, 2018, 240 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Roughness is the sensual quality most often associated with Rembrandt’s idiosyncratic style. It best defines the specific structure of his painterly textures, which subtly capture and engage the imagination of the beholder. Rembrandt’s Roughness examines how the artist’s unconventional technique pushed the possibilities of painting into startling and unexpected realms. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Natter’s Museum Britannicum: British Gem Collections and Collectors of the Mid-Eighteenth Century ».

BOARDMAN John , KAGAN Julia et WAGNER Claudia, Natter’s Museum Britannicum : British Gem Collections and Collectors of the Mid-Eighteenth Century, Oxford, Archaeopress Archaeology, 2018, 316 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The German gem-engraver, medallist, and amateur scholar Lorenz Natter (1705–1763), was so impressed by the size and quality of the collections of ancient and later engraved gems which he found in Britain that he proposed the publication of an extraordinarily ambitious catalogue—Museum Britannicum—which would present engravings and descriptions of the most important pieces. He made considerable progress to this end, producing several hundred drawings, but in time he decided to abandon the near completed project in the light of the apparent lack of interest shown in Britain. Only one of the intended plates in its final form ever appeared, in a catalogue which he published separately for Lord Bessborough’s collection. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Visualizing Disease : The Art and History of Pathological Illustrations »..

BERTOLONI MELI Domenico, Visualizing Disease : The Art and History of Pathological Illustrations, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 2018, 288 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Visual anatomy books have been a staple of medical practice and study since the mid-sixteenth century. But the visual representation of diseased states followed a very different pattern from anatomy, one we are only now beginning to investigate and understand. With Visualizing Disease, Domenico Bertoloni Meli explores key questions in this domain, opening a new field of inquiry based on the analysis of a rich body of arresting and intellectually challenging images reproduced here both in black and white and in color. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Enchanted Islands : Picturing the Allure of Conquest in Eighteenth-Century France ».

SHERIFF Mary D., Enchanted Islands : Picturing the Allure of Conquest in Eighteenth-Century France, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 2018, 416 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

In Enchanted Islands, renowned art historian Mary D. Sheriff explores the legendary, fictional, and real islands that filled the French imagination during the ancien regime as they appeared in royal ballets and festivals, epic literature, paintings, engravings, book illustrations, and other objects. Some of the islands were mythical and found in the most popular literary texts of the day—islands featured prominently, for instance, in Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata, and Fénelon’s Telemachus. Other islands—real ones, such as Tahiti and St. Domingue—the French learned about from the writings of travelers and colonists. All of them were imagined to be the home of enchantresses who used magic to conquer heroes by promising sensual and sexual pleasure. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Una Città, un’Accademia e l’Eredità Marattesca : La scuola ascolana di pittura tra XVII e XVIII secolo ».

COCCIA Valentina, Una Città, un’Accademia e l’Eredità Marattesca : La scuola ascolana di pittura tra XVII e XVIII secolo, Ancona, Il Lavoro Editoriale, 2018, 234 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Era il 1834 quando Amico Ricci, con le sue Memorie storiche, aprì per la prima volta uno squarcio sulla realtà pittorica ascolana tra XVII e XVIII secolo, facendo riferimento all’Accademia aperta nella città di Ascoli Piceno da Ludovico Trasi, primo pittore di cultura barocca presente sul territorio e precoce divulgatore del linguaggio marattesco. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « A Dark Inheritance : Blood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica ».

NEWMAN Brooke, A Dark Inheritance : Blood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2018, 352 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Focusing on Jamaica, Britain’s most valuable colony in the Americas by the mid-eighteenth century, Brooke Newman explores the relationship between racial classifications and the inherited rights and privileges associated with British subject status. Weaving together a diverse range of sources, she shows how colonial racial ideologies rooted in fictions of blood ancestry at once justified permanent, hereditary slavery for Africans and barred members of certain marginalized groups from laying claim to British liberties on the basis of hereditary status. Continuer la lecture