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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

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