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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

Publication : « Treasures Afoot : Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era ».

ALEXANDER Kimberly, Treasures Afoot : Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018, 248 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

In Treasures Afoot, Kimberly Alexander introduces readers to the history of the Georgian shoe. Presenting a series of stories that reveal how shoes were made, sold, and worn during the long eighteenth century, Alexander traces the fortunes and misfortunes of wearers as their footwear was altered to accommodate poor health, flagging finances, and changing styles. She explores the lives and letters of clever apprentices, skilled cordwainers, wealthy merchants, and elegant brides, taking readers on a colorful journey from bustling London streets into ship cargo holds, New England shops, and, ultimately, to the homes of eager consumers.

We trek to the rugged Maine frontier in the 1740s, where an aspiring lady promenades in her London-made silk brocade pumps; sail to London in 1765 to listen in as Benjamin Franklin and John Hose caution Parliament on the catastrophic effects of British taxes on the shoe trade; move to Philadelphia in 1775 as John Hancock presides over the Second Continental Congress while still finding time to order shoes and stockings for his fiancée’s trousseau; and travel to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1789 to peer in on Sally Brewster Gerrish as she accompanies President George Washington to a dance wearing a brocaded silk buckle shoe featuring a cream ground and metallic threads.

Interweaving biography and material culture with full-color photographs, this fascinating book raises a number of fresh questions about everyday life in early America: What did eighteenth-century British Americans value? How did they present themselves? And how did these fashionable shoes reveal their hopes and dreams? Examining shoes that have been preserved in local, regional, and national collections, Treasures Afoot demonstrates how footwear captures an important moment in American history while revealing a burgeoning American identity. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Le Brun (1748–1813) : In Pursuit of Art ».

OLIVER Bette, Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Le Brun (1748–1813) : In Pursuit of Art, Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield publishers, 2018, 108 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Jean-Baptiste Pierre Le Brun’s life was marked by his intense interest in art, first as an artist, and then from 1770 until his death in 1813, as an art dealer/connoisseur and as a participant in the transformation of the Louvre into a national museum during the French Revolution. He managed to accommodate whichever regime assumed power, from monarchy to republic to empire. He married the artist Elisabeth Vigée in 1776, and together they figured prominently in the pre-revolutionary cultural world of Paris. LeBrun travelled widely, buying art for his gallery and contributing to a number of aristocratic collections. His expertise in attributions of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings was acknowledged internationally, while his reference work on the subject was considered the most comprehensive ever written.
LeBrun, the grand-nephew of the illustrious artist Charles LeBrun, became one of the most successful art dealers in Paris. He played an active role in the politics of art between 1789 and 1802, serving as an expert-commissioner in restoration at the national museum. His inventories of artworks, confiscated from all over Europe by Napoleon’s armies, have provided a valuable record of the development of the French national museum. In addition, his inventories have been useful in the identification and recovery of Nazi confiscations during World War II. LeBrun’s accomplishments during a tumultuous period of political and artistic change present evidence of his contributions to the concept of the modern art museum, notably in the areas of conservation, restoration, and arrangement. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « La main et la matière »

PARRET Herman, La main et la matière, Paris, Hermann Philosophie, 2018.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Comment la main donne-t-elle forme à la matière dans la pratique artistique ? Comment concevoir leur rapport dans la genèse d’une œuvre d’art ? Le présent ouvrage propose une relecture de la pensée esthétique à partir de questions durablement escamotées par ses historiens. Au revers de l’oculocentrisme dominant s’est développée en effet, dès la naissance de l’esthétique au XVIIIe siècle, comme la face occulte d’un Janus, une haptologie de l’œuvre d’art qui détermine l’expérience esthétique comme essentiellement sensorielle et corporelle, et la pratique artistique comme le cheminement de la main trouvant son chemin au cœur de la matière.

Herman Parret retrace l’histoire de cette esthétique haptologique et en analyse les concepts-clés à travers une relecture des textes fondamentaux, de Baumgarten à Lyotard, en passant par Lessing, Diderot, Kant, Herder, Nietzsche, Riegl, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Jean d’Udine, Henri Focillon et Gilles Deleuze. Il montre comment l’hypothèse haptologique s’immisce dans le cadre général de réflexion de ces penseurs et finit toujours par s’y justifier, dégageant une continuité méconnue sur plus de deux siècles d’esthétique philosophique.

Herman Parret est professeur émérite de philosophie du langage et d’esthétique à l’université de Louvain (KU Leuven). Ses publications concernent la pragmatique linguistique et philosophique, la sémiotique textuelle et visuelle, l’épistémologie de la linguistique et de la sémiotique, et l’esthétique philosophique.

Publication : « Gloriae : Figurabilité du divin, esthétique de la lumière et dématérialisation de l’œuvre d’art à l’âge Baroque ».

COUSINIE Frédéric, Gloriae : Figurabilité du divin, esthétique de la lumière et dématérialisation de l’œuvre d’art à l’âge Baroque, Rennes, PUR, 2018, 552 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

La Gloire de Dieu c’est en premier lieu le poids et la réputation d’un être dont les qualités supérieures suscitent, en retour, la glorification : rendre Gloire, par les louanges, les chants, les cérémonies, mais aussi par la création artistique. Entre anthropomorphisme et symbolisme, entre matérialité, monumentalité et expansion lumineuse dématérialisée, la Gloire ne se laisse cependant guère aisément appréhender. Où est véritablement « l’œuvre » dans le continuum spatial qui caractérise la Gloire ? Comment percevoir ce qui joue entre focalisation, dispersion de l’attention et éblouissement ? Continuer la lecture

Publication : « The Design, Production and Reception of Eighteenth-Century Wallpaper in Britain ».

TAYLOR Clare, The Design, Production and Reception of Eighteenth-Century Wallpaper in Britain, New York, Routledge, 2018, 234 p

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Wallpaper’s spread across trades, class, and gender is charted in this first full-length study of the material’s use in Britain during the long eighteenth century. It examines the types of wallpaper that were designed and produced and the interior spaces it occupied, from the country house to the homes of prosperous townsfolk and gentry, showing that wallpaper was hung by Earls and merchants as well as by aristocratic women. Drawing on a wide range of little known examples of interior schemes and surviving wallpapers, together with unpublished evidence from archives including letters and bills, it charts wallpaper’s evolution across the century from cheap textile imitation to innovative new decorative material. Wallpaper’s growth is considered not in terms of chronology, but rather alongside the categories used by eighteenth-century tradesmen and consumers, from plains to flocks, from China papers to papier mâché and from stucco papers to materials for creating print rooms. It ends by assessing the ways in which eighteenth-century wallpaper was used to create historicist interiors in the twentieth century. Including a wide range of illustrations, many in colour, the book will be of interest to historians of material culture and design, scholars of art and architectural history as well as practicing designers and those interested in the historic interior. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Art and War in the Pacific World : Making, Breaking, and Taking from Anson’s Voyage to the Philippine-American War ».

MANCINI J.M., Art and War in the Pacific World : Making, Breaking, and Taking from Anson’s Voyage to the Philippine-American War, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2018, 344 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The Pacific world has long been recognized as a hub for the global trade in art objects, but the history of art and architecture has seldom reckoned with another profound aspect of the region’s history: its exposure to global conflict during the British and US imperial incursions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Art and War in the Pacific World provides a new view of the Pacific world and of global artistic interaction by exploring how the making, alteration, looting, and destruction of images, objects, buildings, and landscapes intersected with the exercise of force. Focusing on the period from Commodore George Anson’s voyage to the Philippine-American War, J. M. Mancini’s exceptional study deftly weaves together disparate strands of history to create a novel paradigm for cultural analysis. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Raffinesse im Akkord : Meissener Porzellanmalerei und ihre grafischen Vorlagen ».

BODINEK Claudia (dir.), Raffinesse im Akkord : Meissener Porzellanmalerei und ihre grafischen Vorlagen, Petersberg, Imhof, 2018, 2 volumes, 768 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Ohne grafische Vorlagen wäre die erstaunliche Themenvielfalt der malerischen Dekore auf Meissener Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts nicht denkbar. Die reich bebilderte Publikation führt erstmals anhand einer Fülle von Beispielen aus Barock, Rokoko und beginnendem Klassizismus vor Augen, wie kreativ die Meissener Maler Motive aus Kupferstichen, Radierungen und Zeichnungen in immer neue Dekore auf Porzellan übertrugen. Neben den bis heute erhaltenen Vorlagen im Manufakturarchiv diente auch die einstige königliche Kollektion im Dresdner Kupferstich-Kabinett als Vorbildersammlung. Beiden historischen Beständen sind gleichfalls eingehende Studien gewidmet. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Threads of Global Desire : Silk in the Pre-Modern World ».

SCHÄFER Dagmar (dirs.), RIELLO Giorgio (dirs.), MOLA Luca (dirs.), Threads of Global Desire : Silk in the Pre-Modern World, Woodbridge, Boydell Press, 2018, 438 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Considering silk as a major force of cross-cultural interaction, this book examines the integration of silk production and consumption into various cultures in the pre-modern world.
Silk has long been a global commodity that, because of its exceptional qualities, high value, and relative portability, came to be traded over very long distances. Similarly, the silk industry—from sericulture to the weaving of cloth—was one of the most important fields of production in the medieval and early modern world. The production and consumption of silks spread from China to Japan and Korea and travelled westward as far as India, Persia and the Byzantine Empire, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. As contributors to this book demonstrate, in this process of diffusion silk fostered technological innovation and allowed new forms of organization of labour to emerge. Its consumption constantly reshaped social hierarchies, gender roles, aesthetic and visual cultures, as well as rituals and representations of power. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Jacques Pierre Jean Rousseau (1733–1801) : Ingénieur et architecte en Picardie au siècle des lumières ».

LEGUAY Jean-Loup, Jacques Pierre Jean Rousseau (1733–1801) : Ingénieur et architecte en Picardie au siècle des lumières, Heule, Snoeck, 2018, 256 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

La monographie que Jean-Loup Leguay a consacré à Jacques Pierre Jean Rousseau (1733–1801), ingénieur et architecte en Picardie au Siècle des lumières, fera sa sortie en librairie au début du mois de mai 2018 ; il s’agira là du nouveau volume de la collection des Mémoires de la Société des Antiquaires de Picardie, publié en partenariat avec les éditions Snoeck.

Né à Saumur, Jacques Pierre Jean Rousseau arrive à Paris en 1752 et entre à l’École des ponts et chaussées. Formé au métier d’ingénieur des routes, il est désigné en 1757 pour servir en Picardie, région qu’il ne quittera plus. Vingt ans plus tard, il démissionne des Ponts et Chaussées et devient ingénieur municipal d’Amiens où il construit, tout comme à Abbeville, les derniers grands édifices publics du XVIIIe siècle. L’extraordinaire château de Saint-Gratien témoigne, quant à lui, de sa contribution à l’architecture privée. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Jacques-François Blondel, architecte des Lumières ».

DAVRIUS Aurélien, Jacques-François Blondel, architecte des Lumières, Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2018, 955 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Jacques-François Blondel (1705–1774) est célèbre pour ses écrits et son enseignement qui servirent dans la formation des élèves architectes à l’École des beaux-arts pendant le xixe siècle et au début du xxe siècle. Cet ouvrage retrace la vie d’un professeur de talent qui forma toute une génération d’architectes européens. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « The Savage and Modern Self : North American Indians in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture ».

RICHARDSON Robbie, The Savage and Modern Self : North American Indians in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2018, 264 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The Savage and Modern Self examines the representations of North American ‘Indians’ in novels, poetry, plays, and material culture from eighteenth-century Britain. Robbie Richardson argues that depictions of ‘Indians’ in British literature were used to critique and articulate evolving ideas about consumerism, colonialism, ‘Britishness’, and, ultimately, the ‘modern self’ over the course of the century. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Architecture and Urbanism in the French Atlantic Empire : State, Church, and Society, 1604–1830 ».

BAILEY Gauvin Alexander, Architecture and Urbanism in the French Atlantic Empire : State, Church, and Society, 1604–1830, Montreal, McGill Queen’s University Press, 2018, 696 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Spanning from the West African coast to the Canadian prairies and south to Louisiana, the Caribbean, and Guiana, France’s Atlantic empire was one of the largest political entities in the Western Hemisphere. Yet despite France’s status as a nation at the forefront of architecture and the structures and designs from this period that still remain, its colonial building program has never been considered on a hemispheric scale. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Emma Hamilton and Late Eighteenth-Century European Art : Agency, Performance, and Representation ».

CONTOGOURIS Ersy, Emma Hamilton and Late Eighteenth-Century European Art : Agency, Performance, and Representation, New York, Routledge, 2018, 172 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

This book uses an art historical and feminist methodology to engage with Emma Hamilton, an eighteenth-century celebrity who appeared in many works of art by important artists including Angelica Kauffmann, George Romney, and Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun. Ersy Contogouris analyzes works of art in which Hamilton appears, her performances, and writings by her contemporaries to establish her impact on this pivotal moment in European history and art. This pioneering volume shows that Hamilton did not attempt to present a coherent or polished identity, arguing instead that she was a kaleidoscope of different selves that she used to both express herself and present to others what they wanted to see. She was resilient, effectively asserted her agency, and was a powerful inspiration for generations of artists and women. Continuer la lecture

Publication : « Luca Giordano : Catalogue Raisonné ».

ÚBEDA DE LOS COBOS Andrés, Luca Giordano : Catalogue Raisonné, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2018, 400 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

In spite of the huge number of paintings by this artist in the Prado, Luca Giordano (Naples, 1634–1705) is seldom studied and is therefore little known to the public, who often do not see beyond the cliché of his prodigious speed of execution. The present volume sets out to remedy this lack of knowledge. It begins with three introductory essays that set the Prado paintings in the context of Giordano’s life, survey the painter’s critical fortunes from his own time to the present day, and provide information on his Spanish period, which lasted from 1692 to 1702. These initial texts also look into specific issues, among them Giordano’s relationship with his dealers, and more controversial aspects such as the commercial strategies he used to disseminate his work. Continuer la lecture