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Publication : « Johann Michael Wansleben’s Travels in the Levant, 1671-1674 : An Annotated Edition of his Italian Report ».

HAMILTON Alastair (dir.), Johann Michael Wansleben’s Travels in the Levant, 1671-1674 : An Annotated Edition of his Italian Report, Leyde, Brill, 2018, 490 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Johann Michael Wansleben’s Travels in the Levant, 1671–1674 is a hitherto unpublished version of a remarkable description of Egypt and the Levant by the German scholar traveller Wansleben, or Vansleb (as he was known in France). He set out for the East in 1671 to collect manuscripts and antiquities for the French king and also produced the best study of the Copts to have appeared to date. This book recounts his travels in Syria, Turkey and Egypt, his everyday life in Cairo, and his anthropological and archeological discoveries which include the Graeco-Roman Ǧabbārī cemetery in Alexandria, the Roman city of Antinopolis on the Nile, the Coptic monastery of St Anthony on the Red Sea and the Red and White monasteries in Upper Egypt. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Pretty Gentleman : Macaroni Men and the Eighteenth-Century Fashion World »

MCNEIL Peter, Pretty Gentleman : Macaroni Men and the Eighteenth-Century Fashion World, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2018, 256 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The term ‘macaroni’ was once as familiar a label as ‘punk’ or ‘hipster’ is today. In this handsomely illustrated book devoted to notable 18th-century British male fashion, award-winning author and fashion historian Peter McNeil brings together dress, biography, and historical events with the broader visual and material culture of the late 18th century. For thirty years, macaroni was a highly topical word, yielding a complex set of social, sexual, and cultural associations. Pretty Gentlemen is grounded in surviving dress, archival documents, and art spanning hierarchies and genres, from scurrilous caricature to respectful portrait painting. Celebrities hailed and mocked as macaroni include politician Charles James Fox, painter Richard Cosway, freed slave Julius ‘Soubise’, and criminal parson Reverend Dodd. The style also rapidly spread to neighboring countries in cross-cultural exchange, while Horace Walpole, George III, and Queen Charlotte were active critics and observers of these foppish men. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « The Challenge of the Sublime : From Burke’s Philosophical Enquiry to British Romantic Art ».

IBATA Hélène, The Challenge of the Sublime : From Burke’s Philosophical Enquiry to British Romantic Art, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2018, 336 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

This book examines the links between the unprecedented visual inventiveness of the Romantic period in Britain and  eighteenth-century theories of the sublime. Edmund Burke’s Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757), in particular, is shown to have directly or indirectly challenged visual artists to explore not just new themes, but also new compositional strategies and visual media such as panoramas and book illustrations, by arguing that the sublime was beyond the reach of painting. More significantly, it began to call into question mimetic representational models, causing artists to reflect about the presentation of the unpresentable and drawing attention to the process of artistic production itself, rather than the finished artwork. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Tiepolo’s Pictorial Imagination : Drawings for Palazzo Clerici ».

BARCHAM William, Tiepolo’s Pictorial Imagination : Drawings for Palazzo Clerici, New York, The Morgan Library & Museum, 2017, 63 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

In 1740 Giambattista Tiepolo completed his grand ceiling fresco for the Gallery of Palazzo Clerici, Milan. Unlike his previous ceilings, this was a long gallery that could not be seen in its entirety from a single viewpoint; instead, the ceiling unrolls overhead in a scroll-like manner as visitors pass down the long Gallery. A large group of preparatory studies survives for the ceiling, and these permit us to consider how Tiepolo responded to this daunting assignment and produced a series of interrelated figure groups to decorate the vault. Nearly all today at the Morgan Library & Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museo Horne in Florence, these drawings have long been recognized as studies for the ceiling, but never before has there been a sustained attempt to trace Tiepolo’s creative process through the dozens of sheets. William Barcham’s study of the Clerici drawings thus offers new perspectives not only on the Clerici ceiling but more broadly on Tiepolo’s pictorial imagination and inventive genius. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Interacting with Print : Elements of Reading in the Era of Print Saturation ».

The Multigraph Collective, Interacting with Print : Elements of Reading in the Era of Print Saturation, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 2018), 416 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

A thorough rethinking of a field deserves to take a shape that is in itself new. Interacting with Print delivers on this premise, reworking the history of print through a unique effort in authorial collaboration. The book itself is not a typical monograph—rather, it is a ‘multigraph’, the collective work of twenty-two scholars who together have assembled an alphabetically arranged tour of key concepts for the study of print culture, from Anthologies and Binding to Publicity and Taste. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « The Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture : The Birth of the French School, 1648–1793 ».

MICHEL Christian, The Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture : The Birth of the French School, 1648–1793, traduction par Chris Miller, (Los Angeles, Getty Research Institute, 2018, 424 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture (French Academy of Painting and Sculpture)—perhaps the single most influential art institution in history—governed the arts in France for more than 150 years, from its founding in 1648 until its abolition in 1793. Christian Michel’s sweeping study presents an authoritative, in-depth analysis of the Académie’s history and legacy. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Touring and Publicizing England’s Country Houses in the Long Eighteenth Century ».

ANDERSON Jocelyn, Touring and Publicizing England’s Country Houses in the Long Eighteenth Century, Londres, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018, 256 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Over the course of the long 18th century, many of England’s grandest country houses became known for displaying noteworthy architecture and design, large collections of sculptures and paintings, and expansive landscape gardens and parks. Although these houses continued to function as residences and spaces of elite retreat, they had powerful public identities: increasingly accessible to tourists and extensively described by travel writers, they began to be celebrated as sites of great importance to national culture. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Le Saint Joseph charpentier de Georges de la Tour : un don au Louvre de Percy Moore ».

Salmon Dimitri, Le Saint Joseph charpentier de Georges de la Tour : un don au Louvre de Percy Moore, Gent, Snoeck, janvier 2018, 584 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Le Musée Georges de La Tour de Vic-sur-Seille, « musée de France » et site «MosellePassion» du Département, a présenté une importante exposition, organisée en partenariat étroit avec le Musée du Louvre, intitulée « À la lumière d’un chef-d’œuvre. Le Saint Joseph charpentier de Georges de La Tour ». Cette toile, l’une des plus célèbres du maître lorrain, était la pièce maîtresse et l’aboutissement d’un parcours scénographique s’attachant à retracer la personnalité, la carrière et l’action de grand mécène du marchand d’art anglais Percy Moore Turner (1877- 1950), qui fit don du Saint Joseph charpentier au Louvre en 1948. Plusieurs autres œuvres – trois peintures, ainsi qu’une statuette médiévale, toutes données par Turner au Louvre et à différents autres musées français – figuraient également dans l’exposition. À la faveur de cette manifestation, un travail de recherche approfondi a été mené par le commissaire de l’exposition, M. Dimitri Salmon, collaborateur scientifique au département des Peintures du musée du Louvre et expert reconnu de l’œuvre de Georges de La Tour. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « The Gardens of La Gara : An 18th-Century Estate in Geneva with Gardens Designed by Erik Dhont and a Labyrinth by Markus Raetz ».

FREYTAG Anette (dir.), The Gardens of La Gara : An 18th-Century Estate in Geneva with Gardens Designed by Erik Dhont and a Labyrinth by Markus Raetz, Zurich, Scheidegger and Spiess, 2017, 272 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

La Gara is an 18th-century country estate in Jussy, a village near Geneva, Switzerland. The buildings have been carefully restored by Swiss architect Verena Best, who also added inspired touches to the interior design. The renowned Belgian landscape designer Erik Dhont reinterpreted and subtly redesigned the gardens and surrounding grounds, completed by a palindrome-like labyrinth designed by Swiss artist Markus Raetz. This new book tells the story of the La Gara estate and illustrates its beauty. The essays investigate its preservation and restoration of buildings and gardens and the contemporary interventions. They highlight features such as the historic watering system for the gardens and the fishponds and look at the specific Genevan garden tradition and characteristics of the rural landscape around Jussy with its biodiversity. Moreover, they contextualise La Gara with the ‘ferme ornée’, a villa with agricultural and ornamental features following ancient Roman models. The beautiful volume is rounded out with newly commissioned photographs by renowned Swiss photographer Georg Aerni. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Joseph Banks’ Florilegium : Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage ».

MABBERLEY David, GOODING Mel et STUDHOLME Joe, Joseph Banks’ Florilegium : Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage, Londres, Thames & Hudson, 2017, 320 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

This is the first full-colour publication of some of the most extraordinary botanical prints of the 18th century. Banks’ Florilegium is not only a great scientific record, but also a major achievement of collaborative Enlightenment art and a work of botanical illustration of outstanding beauty. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Thomas Gainsborough : The Modern Landscape ».

HOINS Katharina (dirs.) et VOGTHERR Christoph (dirs.) pour la Hamburger Kunsthalle, Thomas Gainsborough : The Modern Landscape, Munich, Hirmer verlag, mars 2018, 224 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88) is one of the great European painters of the 18th century. This volume is the first to present the English artist as a pivotal figure in the development of “modern” landscape painting, a genre in which his painterly experiments were particularly innovative. Gainsborough himself favoured landscape painting, a field to which he made important contributions, over his well-known portraits. His works are fascinating for their painterly subtlety and technical variation. This volume brings together German and British traditions of viewing, interpreting, and studying Gainsborough. It looks at the connections to the Dutch landscapes, explains Gainsborough’s unusual and experimental techniques from an art technological point of view, and situates his landscapes in the context of the social tensions of early industrialisation.

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Publication : « The Enlightenment Rediscovery of Egyptology : Vitaliano Donati’s Egyptian Expedition, 1759–62 ».

SCATTOLIN MORECROFT Angela, The Enlightenment Rediscovery of Egyptology : Vitaliano Donati’s Egyptian Expedition, 1759–62, New York, Routledge, 2017, 216 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

In 1759 the botanist and scientist Vitaliano Donati led an expedition to Egypt under the patronage of King Carlo Emanuele III of Sardinia, to acquire Egyptian antiquities for the Museum in Turin. Charting his tumultuous expedition, this book reveals how, in spite of his untimely death in 1762, Donati managed to send enough items back to Turin to lay the foundations for one of the earliest and largest systematic collections of Egyptology in Europe and help to bring the world of ancient Egypt into the consciousness of Enlightenment scholarship. Whilst the importance of this collection has long been recognised, its exact contents have been remained largely unknown. War, the Napoleonic occupation of Italy and the amalgamation and reorganisation of museum collections resulted in a dispersal of objects and loss of provenance. As a result it had been supposed that the actual contents of Donati’s collection could not be known. However, the discovery by Angela Morecroft in 2004 of Donati’s packing list reveals the exact quantity and type of objects that he acquired, offering the possibility to cross-reference his descriptions with unidentified artifacts at the Museum. By examining Donati’s expedition to Egypt and seeking to identify the objects he sent back to Turin, this book provides a fascinating insight into early collecting practice and the lasting historical impact of these items. As such it will prove a valuable resource for all those with an interest in the history of museums and collecting, as well as enlightenment travels to Egypt. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « From Gluttony to Enlightenment : The World of Taste in Early Modern Europe ».

VON HOFFMANN Viktoria, From Gluttony to Enlightenment : The World of Taste in Early Modern Europe, Champaign, University of Illinois Press, 2017, 282 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Scorned since antiquity as low and animal, the sense of taste is celebrated today as an ally of joy, a source of adventure, and an arena for pursuing sophistication. The French exalted taste as an entrée to ecstasy, and revolutionized their cuisine and language to express this new way of engaging with the world. Viktoria von Hoffmann explores four kinds of early modern texts—culinary, medical, religious, and philosophical—to follow taste’s ascent from the sinful to the beautiful. Combining food studies and sensory history, she takes readers on an odyssey that redefined a fundamental human experience. Scholars and cooks rediscovered a vast array of ways to prepare and present foods. Far-sailing fleets returned to Europe bursting with new vegetables, exotic fruits, and pungent spices. Hosts refined notions of hospitality in the home while philosophers pondered the body and its perceptions. As von Hoffmann shows, these labors produced a sea change in perception and thought, one that moved taste from the base realm of the tongue to the ethereal heights of aesthetics.

Viktoria von Hoffmann is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Liège.

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Publication : « Pierre Guérin (1774 – 1833) ».

KORCHANE Mehdi, Pierre Guérin (1774-1833), Paris, Mare et Martin, avril 2018, 400 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

De tous les peintres qui dominent la scène française au début du XIXe siècle, Pierre Guérin est le plus méconnu. L’évolution de la peinture d’histoire du Directoire à la monarchie de Juillet ne peut pourtant se comprendre sans cet artiste capital, passeur entre la modernité de David, qu’il a transformée en l’assimilant, et celle des peintres romantiques qu’il a formés. Guérin doit au Retour de Marcus Sextus, mémorial des peines endurées par la famille France au cours de la Révolution, des débuts mythiques au Salon de 1799, et l’extraordinaire succès de Phèdre et Hippolyte en 1802, lui assure un statut équivalent à celui de Chateaubriand dans la sphère publique. Il produit au cours de l’Empire et de la Restauration des oeuvres qui ont marqué la mémoire collective et occupent, de longue date, les cimaises du musée du Louvre (Aurore et Céphale, Didon et Enée…). Membre de l’Académie de beaux-arts, promoteur d’un beau idéal prenant sa source dans l’Antiquité, tout en favorisant par son action pédagogique l’essor de la peinture romantique, il incarne tous les paradoxes de cette époque en rupture.

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Publication : « American Furniture, 1650 to the Present ».

FITZGERALD Oscar, American Furniture, 1650 to the Present, Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017, 630 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Drawing on the latest scholarship, this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated survey tells the story of the evolution of American furniture from the 17th century to the present. Not viewed in isolation, furniture is placed in its broader cultural, historic, and aesthetic context. The focus is not only on the urban masterpieces of 18th-century William and Mary, Queen Anne, Chippendale, and Federal styles but also on the work of numerous rural cabinetmakers. Special chapters explore Windsor chairs, Shaker, and Pennsylvania German furniture which do not follow the mainstream style progression. Picturesque and anti-classical explain Victorian furniture including Rococo, Renaissance, and Eastlake. Mission and Arts and Crafts furniture introduce the 20th century. Another chapter identifies the eclectic revivals such as Early American that dominated the mass market throughout much of the 20th century. After World War II American designers created many of the Mid-Century Modern icons that are much sought after by collectors today. The rise of studio furniture and furniture as art which include some of the most creative and imaginative furniture produced in the 20th and 21st centuries caps the review of four centuries of American furniture. A final chapter advises on how to evaluate the authenticity of both traditional and modern furniture and how to preserve it for posterity. With over 800 photos including 24 pages of color, this fully illustrated text is the authoritative reference work. Continuer la lecture