Category: Research

The Hood Museum's Portrait of Madame Aignan de Sanlot

July 12 2024

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Picture: Sotheby's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

One story that seemed to escape the art press in 2022 (as far as I can tell) was The Hood Museum of Art's acquisition of Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun's Portrait of Madame Aignan de Sanlot. The work was sold at Sotheby's Paris in 2022 where it made €85,650 over its €25k - €35k estimate. Curator Elizabeth Rice Mattison has had an article published on the pastel in the most recent issue of Notes in the History of Art in case you'd like to read more.

Christie's Hiring Restitution Researcher

July 10 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Christie's are hiring a Restitution Research Associate for their office in Vienna.

A list of the jobs associated with the role:

o   Executing due diligence checks on consigned property; including cross-referencing databases, maintaining record, checking archives and library work
o   Supporting and executing in-depth research into collectors, collections and objects to support future sales and claims discussions, as needed and directed
o   Researching and inputting into restitution databases; maintaining integrity of information
o   Assisting in preparation of client facing materials, management reports as directed
o   Maintaining departmental library and materials
o   Contributing to training programs

Job applications must be in by 14th July 2024 and no salary is indicated.

Good luck if you're applying!

Frans Hals and Workshop - RKD Studies

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The RKD in the Netherlands have finally published their Frans Hals and Workshop RKD Study online. This comprehensive study of all of Hals' paintings, undertaken by Prof. Dr. Claus Grimm, is presented in a new online form and draws great attention to the process of the artist alongside new considerations of his studio practise and collaboration with other named artists (see this article for an example of this new approach). There are many pieces of text which explain the visual analysis undertaken to identify the nuances outlined above.

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There is no doubt that this is a very exciting and important resource in regards to the future of catalogue raisonné projects. However, it is also bound to be controversial. Without pointing out any examples in particular, a quick surf through these pages will show that several rather famous paintings (including ones hanging in important museums and private collections) have been slightly (or significantly) downgraded and in some cases completely demoted to 'Workshop' in attributional terms. In fact, as the catalogue points out itself, there are some examples of paintings featured within that have appeared as recently in the 2023/24 London and Rijksmuseum shows as Frans Hals in full, however, have in his study been allocated to followers of completely different artists altogether. Having compared the websites of several museums and private collections to the attributions found in this study, it's clear that these institutions haven't budged just yet. We shall wait and see if and how the art world will respond in due course.

Ralph Sheldon's Portrait of Henry VIII Reidentified

July 8 2024

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Picture: Warwick Shire Hall via ArtUK

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I published a short blog over the weekend regarding an accidental discovery I made of a missing Portrait of Henry VIII. Having spotted it in the background of a photograph posted on 'X' / Twitter, I managed to work out that this distinctive arched topped portrait (now hanging in Warwick Shire Hall, owned by Warwickshire County Council) was originally part of the famous set assembled by Ralph Sheldon (c.1537–1613) in the 1590s for Weston House in Warwickshire. Fortunately, the portrait is housed in the same carved medallion frame as other surviving examples from the set, and the very same composition of Henry holding a sword is found in a later engraving of the Long Gallery at Weston.

Burlington Magazine - July 2024

July 4 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Burlington Magazine's July edition focuses on the 'Art of Northern Europe.'

Here's a list of the main articles listed within:

The ‘Balbi’ children identified: a proposal - BY GREGORY MARTIN,ANNA ORLANDO

A reverse-glass painting by Gerhard Janssen in the Valtice Palace - BY ZDEŇKA MÍCHALOVÁ,ZUZANA MACUROVÁ

‘The abduction of Europa’ by Paulus Potter: a mythological painting rediscovered - BY JOLIJN SCHILDER,MUIRNE LYDON,LIZZIE MARX,NATALIA MACRO,ABBIE VANDIVERE

The oculi of Notre-Dame, Paris - BY ARNAUD YBERT,BRUNO PHALIP,DYLAN NOUZERAN

Charles XV’s ‘Norwegian landscape’ in the Museum Gustavianum, Uppsala - BY EVA-CHARLOTTA MEBIUS

The earliest documented work of Marinus van Reymerswale - BY MANUEL PARADA LÓPEZ DE CORSELAS,CHRISTINE SEIDEL

The missing woman: the reunion of a family portrait by Cornelis de Vos -BY ANGELA JAGER,JØRGEN WADUM

A history painting by Willem van der Vliet - BY TOMMASO BORGOGELLI

Duecento painting: The art and technique of Margarito d’Arezzo and his contemporaries

July 4 2024

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Picture: Museo Nazionale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna di Arezzo 

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A call for papers has been issued for a collaborative conference on the subject of Duecento painting: The art and technique of Margarito d'Arezzo and his contemporaries.

According to the link above (in translation):

This interdisciplinary convention invites colleagues working on all aspects of thirteenth-century painting, from art-historical studies to scientific analysis, technical research and conservation. The conference aims to provide an exceptional opportunity to share and discuss the artworks of Margarito d'Arezzo and his contemporaries.

Submissions covering a wide range of topics will be considered, including works on panel, sculptures, wall paintings, textiles, and miniatures, as well as art history and the history of collecting. We expect that the conference will stimulate studies in this area, so proposals may also include information on ongoing research, without detailed results.

The conference will take place in October 2025 and abstracts will need to be submitted by 20th September 2024.

Recent Release: Cecco Bravo

July 3 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Italian scholar Francesca Baldassari has just published a two volume book on Cecco Bravo (1601-1661). The edition has been produced by Editrice Darte.

According to the publisher's website:

The author has put together seventy-seven autograph paintings, some of which are presented for the first time on this occasion, others already recognized to Cecco by the writer during her long years of study of seventeenth-century Florentine painting, ordering them chronologically by stylistic induction and through comparison with the very notable and more documented production in fresco.

Even more meritorious is the feat of gathering nearly four hundred of the artist’s drawings scattered in major museums around the world and in the most prestigious private collections, reproduced almost entirely in color.

Seminar of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

June 27 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Belgium have released details for their upcoming 23rd Art History Seminar. This year's topic will be The Archduchess Isabella (1566-1633): Artistic Agency between Madrid and the Southern Netherlands and features 2 days' worth of talks from scholars and workshops on the subject. The seminar will take place on 12th & 13th September 2024.

CFP: Women Collectors

June 26 2024

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Picture: The Wallace Collection

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Wallace Collection in London have issued a call for papers on the subject of Women Collectors. This is in preparation for a Study Day on 1st November 2024 on the subject as part of their Collection Past and Present series.

Abstracts need to be in by 2nd August 2024 and you can read the full CFP poster here.

Recent Release: The Radical Print

June 26 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Paul Mellon Centre has released a new book today. The Radical Print is the latest title from the Courtauld scholar Esther Chadwick. 

According to the blurb:

The Radical Print argues for printmaking in Britain as the most exciting, innovative, and critically engaged field of artistic production in the late eighteenth century. Moving the print from the margins to the centre of the study of art history, this new critical study demonstrates how print responded to the acceleration of historical events, the polarisation of public discourse, and the sense of a world turned upside down in ways that traditional artistic media could not.

Across five chapters, this book brings printmakers James Barry, John Hamilton Mortimer, James Gillray, Thomas Bewick, and William Blake together as artists of the “Paper Age” for the first time. From Barry’s experiments in aquatint at the time of the American Revolution to Blake’s visionary engravings of the post-Napoleonic period, Chadwick shows how the print medium provided artists with special purchase on the major political issues of their age.

Addiction and Recovery through Art History

June 26 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The website Hyperallergic.com have published a review of Kikan Massara’s new book entitled The 12 Steps: Symbols, Myths, and Archetypes of Recovery. In particular, the article focuses on how explorations of artworks are used within the book.

To quote a section:

The core of this parlance is, of course, the eponymous 12 steps in the book’s title. A section of the book breaks down each step into its core principle, and then illustrates it through works of art and literature. Step One, summarized as “Admit Powerlessness,” is paired with “Despair” (1894) by Edvard Munch, “Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth” (1842) by J. M. W. Turner, “Sueño” (1992) by Kiki Smith, and even a Ptolemaic relief dating to 332 BCE from the Temple of Haroeris and Sobek in the Nile Valley of Egypt. Each captures the devastation, confusion, and tumult of a losing battle with alcoholism and other related diseases — one that drives millions of people to reach out for help.

Click on the link above to read more.

Can Sound Damage Art?

June 26 2024

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Picture: iiconservation.org

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Can sound damage art? Well, scientists from The National Gallery in London have been exploring this question and are 'still working through the data acquired and hope to share the results in a journal article in the near future'. If you'd like to read about the tests carried out, so have a look at the article written by Catherine Higgitt, Tomasz Galikowski, David Trew and others in the latest News in Conservation journal (free to access).

Master Drawings Summer 2024

June 25 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Summer 2024 edition of the Master Drawings journal has just been published.

Here's a selection of the articles within this issue:

“Hardly more than a shadow”: Apropos Drawings by Antonio Palma in the Louvre - Lily Mathelin

Getting to Color: Early Pastel Drawings by Federico Barocci - Luca Baroni

An Introduction to the Life and Drawings of Robert van den Hoecke - Tom Nevile

Six New Drawings by Nicolas Lancret at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon - Axel Moulinier

Giambattista Tiepolo’s “Scalzi-style” Drawings Reconsidered: New Proposals for the Würzburg Residenz and the Church of the Pietà, Venice- Ian Hicks

Upcoming Release: Guillaume Lethière

June 21 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

It appears that the Clark Institute's upcoming exhibition on Guillaume Lethière is going to be accompanied by what looks to be a rather good scholarly book (pictured). The volume is edited by Esther Bell and Olivier Meslay and features contributions from a long list of scholars.

According to the blurb on Yale Books:

Born in the French colony of Guadeloupe, Guillaume Lethière (1760–1832) was a key figure in the history of art during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The son of a formerly enslaved woman of color and a white government official and plantation owner, Lethière moved to France with his father at age fourteen. He trained as an artist and successfully navigated the tumult of the French Revolution and its aftermath in order to achieve the highest levels of recognition in his time. A favorite artist of Napoleon’s brother, Lucien Bonaparte, Lethière also held important positions at the Académie de France in Rome, Institut de France , and École des Beaux-Arts. A well-respected teacher, he operated a robust studio that rivaled those of his contemporaries Jacques-Louis David and Antoine-Jean Gros.

Despite his remarkable accomplishments and considerable corpus of paintings and drawings, Lethière is relatively unknown today. Lavishly illustrated and authoritative, this groundbreaking study serves to introduce Lethière to new and broader audiences and restore him to his rightful place as one of the most eminent artist of his generation. An international group of scholars offer the first comprehensive view of Lethière’s extraordinary career in its political, social, and art historical context, addressing issues of colonialism, slavery, and diaspora, as well as shedding new light on the presence and reception of Caribbean artists in France during this time.

15th Century Flemish Paintings in the Prado

June 21 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Prado Museum in Madrid have just published a new catalogue of their 15th Century Flemish Paintings (spotted via @MarteVelazquez on 'X'). The volume, which was written by José Juan Pérez Preciado, includes vast descriptions of works by the likes of Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, The Master of Flémalle, Dirk Bouts, Hans Memling and Hugo van der Goes.

Recent Release: Painting Architecture in Early Renaissance Italy

June 20 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Harvey Miller Publishers are set to release the following book this month. Painting Architecture in Early Renaissance Italy: Innovation and Persuasion at the Intersection of Artistic and Architectural Practice has been written by the scholar Livia Lupi whose work has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and the Warburg Institute.

According to the publication's blurb:

Why did artists include prominent architectural settings in their narrative paintings? Why did they labour over specific, highly innovative structural solutions? Why did they endeavour to design original ornamental motifs which brought together sculptural, painterly and architectural approaches, as well as showcasing their understanding of materiality? Painting Architecture in Early Renaissance Italy addresses these questions in order to shed light on the early exchanges between artistic and architectural practice in Italy, arguing that architecture in painting provided a unique platform for architectural experimentation.

Rather than interpreting architectural settings as purely spatial devices and as lesser counterparts of their built cognates, this book emphasises their intrinsic value as designs as well as communicative tools, contending that the architectural imagination of artists was instrumental in redefining the status of architectural forms as a kind of cultural currency. Exploring the nexus between innovation and persuasion, Livia Lupi highlights an early form of little-discussed paragone between painting and architecture which relied on a shared understanding of architectural invention as a symbol of prestige.

Funded PhD Opportunity

June 20 2024

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Picture: Radboud University Nijmegen

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Radboud University Nijmegen (in the Netherlands) are advertising a fully-funded PhD project on the subject of Experimental Approaches to Global Histories of Art/Architecture.

According to the brief:

The proposed PhD project, ’Experimental Approaches to Global Histories of Art and Architecture’, will uncover and historicise experimental approaches to the history of art and architecture, with the aim of exploring diverse epistemological viewpoints. We are interested in PhD projects on artists, architects, historians, critics, and curators who used alternative media to challenge the narratives and methodologies of the history of art and architecture. The PhD project could focus on objects and practices that take the form of artworks, buildings, more complex intermedia projects, or curatorial and pedagogical experiments. The experimental practices under study may have emerged at any point from the nineteenth century to today, anywhere in world. Methodologically, the project encourages PhD candidates to uncover unpublished and under-examined sources that can help us rethink existing disciplinary frameworks.

The potential 4-year project comes with a salary of €2,770 gross per month which will increase to €3,539 in the fourth year. Applications must be in by 15th August 2024.

Good luck if you're applying, and good luck distilling this vast topic within a mere 4 years!

Amsterdam University Press and Prado Unite for Project

June 19 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Amsterdam University Press and the Prado Museum in Madrid have united to undertake a research project on the theme of Gender and Art in the Museum: The Prado Collection. Proposals, which will be submitted to commissioning editor Erika Gaffney, will explore the roles of women artists and patrons within the collection amongst other topics.

According to the AUP website:

One of the main goals of this unique series is to understand the complex and multi-layered interaction between women and the evolution of a major national museum. It will include new studies focused on female artists’ production and their presence or absence in museum rooms. But it will go beyond these established topics to examine the link between the formation of the collections of the Prado Museum and women patrons. It will also commission work on women who inspired and received works of art that were incorporated into the collections, not forgetting the contribution of women in technical and ancillary roles. The broad chronology will enable us to trace and reflect the changing role of women and their relationship with the arts, as well as the evolution of a major Western cultural institution and its dependence on women.

Upcoming Release: Great Women Sculptors

June 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The publishers Phaidon will be releasing a new book dedicated to Great Women Sculptors in September 2024.

According to the blurb on the website:

Presenting a more expansive and inclusive history of sculpture, Great Women Sculptors surveys the work of more than 300 trailblazing artists from over 60 countries, spanning 500 years from the Renaissance to the present day.

Organized alphabetically, each artist is represented by an image and newly commissioned text. This wide-ranging survey champions the best-known women sculptors from art history alongside today’s rising stars. From more recognizable names such as Camille Claudel, Gego, Barbara Hepworth, and Yayoi Kusama to some of today’s most significant contemporary artists including Huma Bhaba, Mona Hatoum, and Simone Leigh, this book showcases 500 years of sculptural creativity in one accessible, visually stunning volume.

Was Leonardo a Vegetarian?

June 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Artnet's Brian Boucher has penned an article on the question that is in most art lovers' thoughts...

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