Conférence : Encounter of (Colonial) Encounters

Le commerce de la France avec les quatre parties du Monde, 1666, gravure, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Type : Conférence

Date : 2 mai 2017

Lieu : Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51.

Encounter of (Colonial) Encounters: Methods, Epistemologies and Terms for a Transcultural Art History

Workshop organized by Jens Baumgarten and Marco Musillo

The first art-historical debates on colonial artifacts focused on the so called “mixed” aspect of their creation; by stressing either their appearance or focusing on the main actors such as the makers, or those who marked processes of appropriation. Terms like syncretism were coined to understand the diversity of objects not epistemologically defined by disciplines – like art history – that based their vocabulary on foundational terms, such as “artist”, “aesthetic value”, or “authenticity”. In turn, the art-historical analysis of such artifacts, seen as products of a colonial encounter, was shaped by the same essentialist perspective. In the last decades many scholars of various disciplines have proposed different approaches for a transcultural – and in some cases trans-historical art history – mainly by focusing on the early modern period. For example, in her fundamental text on materiality, Elizabeth Edwards states that the colonial culture is deeply material. However, even in these cases, the diversity represented by theoretical and historiographical traditions of different countries or regions have often not been taken into account. Continuer la lecture de Conférence : Encounter of (Colonial) Encounters

Publication : Images Take Flight. Feather Art in Mexico and Europe (1400–1700).

RUSSO Alessandra (dirs.), WOLF Gerhard (dirs.) et FANE Diana (dirs.), Images Take Flight. Feather Art in Mexico and Europe (1400–1700), Munich, Hirmer Verlag, 2015, 408 p.
RUSSO Alessandra (dirs.), WOLF Gerhard (dirs.) et FANE Diana (dirs.), Images Take Flight. Feather Art in Mexico and Europe (1400–1700), Munich, Hirmer Verlag, 2015, 408 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

This widely anticipated book offers the first systematic study of feather mosaics created in New Spain in the context of a broader creative exchange between Mesoamerican and European aesthetics and materials. Thirty-three scholars look at these unprecedented feather artworks that circulated all around the world in the 16th and 17th centuries from a range of vantage points including art history, anthropology, collecting and global history, natural history, archeology and conservation. Planned to complement a major international exhibition held at the National Museum of Art (MUNAL) in Mexico City in 2011, the book is organized thematically and includes ca. 300 color plates illustrating feather mosaics with their astonishing details, as well as relevant paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, books, European illuminated manuscripts, Mesoamerican codices, and studies of natural history.

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