Publication : “The Restoration of Paintings in Paris, 1750–1815 : Practice, Discourse, Materiality”.

ETIENNE Noémie, The Restoration of Paintings in Paris, 1750–1815 : Practice, Discourse, Materiality, Los Angeles, Getty Conservation Institute, 2017, 384 p.
ETIENNE Noémie, The Restoration of Paintings in Paris, 1750–1815 : Practice, Discourse, Materiality, Los Angeles, Getty Conservation Institute, 2017, 384 p.

Présentation de l’éditeur :

The decades following the 1973 publication of Alessandro Conti’s Storia del Restauro have seen considerable scholarly interest in the development of restoration in France in the second half of the eighteenth century. A number of technical treatises and biographies of restorers have offered insight into restoration practice. The Restoration of Paintings in Paris, 1750–1815, however, is the first book to situate this work within the broader historical and philosophical contexts of the time. Drawing on previously unpublished primary material from archives in Paris, Berlin, Rome, and Venice, Noemie Etienne combines art history with anthropology and sociology to survey the waning decades of the Ancien Régime and early post- Revolution France. Initial chapters present the diversity of restoration practice, encompassing not only royal institutions and the Louvre museum but also private art dealers, artists, and craftsmen, and examine questions of trade secrecy and the changing role of the restorer. Following chapters address the influence of restoration and exhibition on the aesthetic understanding of paintings as material objects. The book closes with a discussion of the institutional and political uses of restoration, along with an art historical consideration of such key concepts as authenticity, originality, and stability of artworks, emphasizing the multilayered dimension of paintings by such important artists as Titian and Raphael. There is also a useful dictionary of the main restorers active in France between 1750 and 1815.

Noémie Étienne is currently a fellow at the Getty Research Institute. Beginning in September 2016 she will be a Swiss National Science Foundation Professor of Art History at the University of Bern.

Journée d’étude : Versailles in the World 1660-1789.

D'après Charles Le Brun, Les différentes nations de l'Asie, XVIIe siècle, huile sur toile, 72 x 58 cm, Versailles, musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.
D’après Charles Le Brun, Les différentes nations de l’Asie, XVIIe siècle, huile sur toile, 72 x 58 cm, Versailles, musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

Type : journée d’étude.
Date : 29 janvier 2016.
Lieu : NYU, Jurow Hall, Silver Center, Washington Square Campus.
Sous la direction de : Jeffrey Collins, Meredith Martin et Robert Wellington.

Versailles is often seen as the epitome of “Frenchness,” yet the palace and its contents were profoundly shaped by encounters with people and objects from around the world. This symposium builds upon recent colloquia and exhibitions such as La Chine à Versailles: art et diplomatie au XVIIIe siècle (2014) and Voyageurs étrangers à la cour de France, 1589-1789 (2014) to emphasize the international character of Versailles between the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XVI and to situate its art and architecture in a global context.

The day-long public event at the Washington Square Campus of NYU brings together an international group of scholars to explore connections between Versailles and a wide variety of geographical regions and cultures, from Thailand to Tunisia to Dutch Brazil. Papers focus on a range of visual and material culture that relates to cross-cultural exchanges at Versailles in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including the depiction of ambassadorial visits to the palace; gifts to and from the French Court; objects and images made for Versailles and its inhabitants that depict non-European cultures or reveal cross-cultural resonances; exoticism and fashion; and examples of art and architecture made outside of Europe that were inspired by Versailles.

Versailles in the World, 1660-1789 is timed to coincide with the preparation of a major exhibition on the foreign visitor at Versailles that will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in May 2017. It has been made possible through the generous support of New York University, Bard Graduate Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Programme :

Welcome and Opening Remarks : Versailles as a Site of Global Exchange
Meredith Martin, New York University.

Curators Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide (Metropolitan Museum) and Bertrand Rondot (Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon) discuss their upcoming exhibition Visitors to Versailles, 1682-1789.

11:00AM – 12:30PM
Session I. Diplomatic Gifts and the French Court.

Mediating Spaces: Dutch Brazil at the French Court.
Carrie Anderson, Middlebury College.

From Versailles to Nouvelle France : French ‘Indian Peace Medals’ of the Eighteenth Century.
Robert Wellington, Australian National University.

Versailles, Beijing and the Eighteenth-Century Global Imaginary
Kristel Smentek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

12:30 – 1:45PM

1:45 – 3:15PM
Session 2. International Trade, Collecting, and Display.

From Ancient Carthage to Modern Tunis : The Cultural and Political Reception of Tunisia at the French Court of Versailles.
Ridha Moumni, Institut de recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain (IRMC).

Mercantilism, Entrepreneurship, and the French Silk Corridors to Persia
Junko Takeda, Syracuse University.

Native American Objects at Versailles.
Noémie Etienne, Getty Research Institute.

3:15 – 3:30PM

3:30 – 4:15PM
Session 3. Fashion and Exoticism.

Fashion Will Travel: Dress and Diplomacy at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, Independent scholar.

4:15 – 5:15PM
Roundtable discussion led by Jeffrey Collins, Bard Graduate Center.

5:15 – 6:00PM
Closing Reception.

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