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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Publication : “Jeux et enjeux du cadre dans les systèmes décoratifs de la première modernité (1500-1700)”.

CORDON Nicolas (dirs.), DEGANS Édouard (dirs.), DOULKARIDOU-RAMANTANI Elli (dirs.), et HEERING Caroline (dirs.), Jeux et enjeux du cadre dans les systèmes décoratifs de la première modernité (1500-1700), Rennes, PUR, 2019, 256 p.

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Qu’il soit éphémère ou permanent, profane ou religieux, qu’il concerne l’architecture, la sculpture, la peinture, la tapisserie ou les jardins, l’art du décor atteint en Europe un degré exceptionnel d’élaboration et de complexité à partir de la Renaissance. Les études réunies dans le présent volume s’intéressent aux dispositifs d’encadrement, réels ou feints, imaginés par les artistes pour délimiter, articuler, transfigurer les différentes parties de leurs décors, tout en conditionnant l’expérience et la réception du message proposé aux sens. Trop souvent considéré par l’histoire de l’art comme un ornement accessoire destiné à embellir objets et images, le motif du cadre trouve dans les décors de la première modernité (1500-1700) un champ d’application aussi vaste que fécond, et permet de penser l’œuvre dans son ensemble comme un système unitaire organisant, parfois de façon étonnamment ludique, plusieurs niveaux de représentation et d’artifice. Continuer la lecture

Publication : “Cultures du spectacle baroque : Cadres, expériences et représentations des solennités religieuses entre Italie et anciens Pays-Bas”/

DEKONINCK Ralph, MAARTEN Delbeke, DELFOSSE Annick, HEERING Caroline et VERMEIR Koen (éd.), Cultures du spectacle baroque : Cadres, expériences et représentations des solennités religieuses entre Italie et anciens Pays-Bas, Louvain, Turnhout, Brepols, 2019, 364 p.

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Le présent volume rassemble une série d’études qui ont été menées et/ou présentées dans le cadre du programme de recherche Cultures du Spectacle Baroque entre Italie et anciens Pays-Bas financé par la Politique scientifique fédérale belge. Il se donne pour ambition de renouveler l’analyse historique et théorique des solennités spectaculaires en s’intéressant tout particulièrement aux effets produits par les dispositifs déployés lors de ce type de manifestations.

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Publication : “The Pocket : A Hidden History of Women’s Lives, 1660–1900”.

BURMAN Barbara et FENNETAUX Ariane, The Pocket : A Hidden History of Women’s Lives, 1660–1900, New Haven, Yale university press, mai 2019, 264 p.

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Pencils, a sketchbook, cake, yards of stolen ribbon, thimbles, snuff boxes, a picture of a lover, two live ducks: these are just some of the fascinating things carried by women and girls in their tie-on pockets, an essential accessory throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

This first book-length study of the tie-on pocket combines materiality and gender to provide new insight into the social history of women’s everyday lives—from duchesses and country gentry to prostitutes and washerwomen—and explore their consumption practices, work, sociability, mobility, privacy, and identity. The authors draw on an unprecedented study of surviving pockets in museums and private collections to identify their materials, techniques, and decoration; their use is investigated through sources as diverse as criminal trials, letters, diaries, inventories, novels, and advertisements. Richly illustrated with paintings, satirical prints, and photographs of artifacts in detail, this innovative book reveals the unexpected story of these deeply evocative and personal objects. Continuer la lecture

Publication : “Painted Alchemists : Early Modern Artistry and Experiment in the Work of Thomas Wijck”.

BERRY DRAGO Elisabeth, Painted Alchemists : Early Modern Artistry and Experiment in the Work of Thomas Wijck, Amsterdam, Amsterdam university press, 2019, 320 p.

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Thomas Wijck’s painted alchemical laboratories were celebrated in his day as “artful” and “ingenious.” They fell into obscurity along with their subject, as alchemy came to be viewed as an occult art or a fool’s errand. But these unusual pictures challenge our understanding of early modern alchemy-and of the deeper relationship between chemical workshops and the artists who represented them. The work of artists, like the work of alchemists, contained intellectual-creative and manual-material aspects. Both alchemists and artists claimed a special status owing to their creative powers. Wijck’s formation of an artistic and professional identity around alchemical themes reveals his desire to explore this curious territory, and ultimately to demonstrate art’s superior claims to knowledge and mastery over nature. This book explores one artist’s transformation of alchemy and its materials into a reputation for virtuosity-and what his work can teach us about the experimental early modern world.

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Publication : “Still-Life as Portrait in Early Modern Italy : Baschenis, Bettera and the Painting of Cultural Identity”.

LEV-ER Ornet, Still-Life as Portrait in Early Modern Italy : Baschenis, Bettera and the Painting of Cultural Identity, Amsterdam, Amsterdam university press, 2019, 304 p.

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Still-Life as Portrait in Early Modern Italy centers on the still-life compositions created by Evaristo Baschenis and Bartolomeo Bettera, two 17th-century painters living and working in the Italian city of Bergamo. This highly original study explores how these paintings form a dynamic network in which artworks, musical instruments, books, and scientific apparatuses constitute links to a dazzling range of figures and sources of knowledge. Putting into circulation a wealth of cultural information and ideas and mapping a complex web of social and intellectual relations, these works paint a portrait of both their creators and their patrons, while enacting a lively debate among humanist thinkers, aristocrats, politicians, and artists. Continuer la lecture

Publication : “La peinture hollandaise et la foi catholique au XVIIe siècle”.

MARQUAILLE Léonie, La peinture hollandaise et la foi catholique au XVIIe siècle, Rennes, PUR, 2019, 280 p.

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À l’âge de la Contre-Réforme, le catholicisme néerlandais a su inspirer des œuvres spécifiques et originales, dont l’étude permet de renouveler l’histoire de la peinture religieuse en Hollande mais aussi celle, moins attendue, du portrait, du paysage et des scènes de la vie quotidienne. Comment, en terre réformée, les convictions religieuses des catholiques ont pu trouver une forme d’expression dans la peinture ? En quelle mesure les œuvres incarnent-elles une sensibilité nouvelle pour la peinture ? Continuer la lecture

Publication : “Ottoman Baroque : The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul”.

RÜSTEM Ünver, Ottoman Baroque : The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2019, 336 p.

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With its idiosyncratic yet unmistakable adaptation of European Baroque models, the eighteenth-century architecture of Istanbul has frequently been dismissed by modern observers as inauthentic and derivative, a view reflecting broader unease with notions of Western influence on Islamic cultures. In Ottoman Baroque—the first English-language book on the topic—Unver Rustem provides a compelling reassessment of this building style and shows how between 1740 and 1800 the Ottomans consciously coopted European forms to craft a new, politically charged, and globally resonant image for their empire’s capital. Continuer la lecture