Portraiture in 18th Century Europe - Symposium

February 27 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Some readers might be interested in the upcoming Symposium in March on the subject of Portraiture in 18th Century Europe: Artwork – social practice – circulation. Organised by the German Center for Art History in Paris, the conference will be bringing together vast amounts of scholars who will share new research and perspectives on the topic.

According to the blurb on the website:

Whether a manifestation of political power, expression of intimate feelings, an embellishing masquerade or a faithful likeness, the art of portraiture in the Age of Enlightenment was marked by exceptional diversity throughout Europe. Between the apogee of absolutism and the political, social and intellectual upheavals of the revolutionary era, it became a mirror of a society in full mutation. The aim of the symposium is to study portraiture from a multifaceted perspective, tracing its social, theoretical, artistic and material conditions. Focusing on its development during the Enlightenment in the French context, we also wish to open the discussions up to a European perspective.

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