Archives par étiquette : iconographic

Publication : “Staging Blackness and Performing Whiteness in Eighteenth-Century German Drama”.

SUTHERLAND Wendy Sutherland, Staging Blackness and Performing Whiteness in Eighteenth-Century German Drama, New York, Routledge, 2016, 272 p.

SUTHERLAND Wendy, Staging Blackness and Performing Whiteness in Eighteenth-Century German Drama, New York,  Routledge, 2016, 272 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

Focusing on eighteenth-century cultural productions, Wendy Sutherland examines how representations of race in philosophy, anthropology, aesthetics, drama, and court painting influenced the construction of a white bourgeois German self. Sutherland positions her work within the framework of the transatlantic slave trade, showing that slavery, colonialism, and the triangular trade between Europe, West Africa, and the Caribbean function as the global stage on which German bourgeois dramas by Friedrich Wilhelm Ziegler, Ernst Lorenz Rathlef, and Theodor Körner (and a novella by Heinrich von Kleist on which Körner’s play was based) were performed against a backdrop of philosophical and anthropological influences. Plays had an important role in educating the rising bourgeois class in morality, Sutherland argues, with fathers and daughters offered as exemplary moral figures in contrast to the depraved aristocracy. At the same time, black female protagonists in nontraditional dramas represent the boundaries of physical beauty and marriage eligibility while also complicating ideas of moral beauty embodied in the concept of the beautiful soul. Her book offers convincing evidence that the eighteenth-century German stage grappled with the representation of blackness during the Age of Goethe, even though the German states were neither colonial powers nor direct participants in the slave trade. Continuer la lecture

Publication : “The Villa Laurentina of Pliny the Younger in an 18th-Century Vision”.

MIZIOLEK Jerzy, The Villa Laurentina of Pliny the Younger in an 18th-Century Vision, Rome, L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2016, 250 p.

MIZIOLEK Jerzy, The Villa Laurentina of Pliny the Younger in an 18th-Century Vision, Rome, L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2016, 250 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The book deals with a paper reconstruction of Pliny the Younger’s (c. AD 61–112) villa near Ostia, some twenty kilometres from Rome. This unique work was created in Rome in the years 1777–78 by a young Pole, Count Stanisław K. Potocki (1755–1821) in cooperation with Giuseppe Manocchi and other outstanding artists of the time. The work, originally in the Potocki collection in Wilanów, is today housed in the iconographic collection of the National Library, Warsaw. It contains over thirty large-format, color drawings. In the late 18th century, probably during his last sojourn in Italy (1795–97), Count Potocki wrote a 24-page-long commentary to his work, entitled Notes et Idées sur la Villa de Pline. This hitherto unpublished manuscript commentary and reconstruction drawings of the villa are now published together with a virtual visualisation of the villa produced in 3D Studio Max 2014. Continuer la lecture