Category: Research

December Issue of the Burlington Magazine

December 11 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

December's issue of the Burlington Magazine is dedicated to the subject of Spanish art.

A list of the articles featured in this month's edition:

Four wooden ceilings from the Torrijos Palace, Toledo - BY ANNA MCSWEENEY,MARIAM ROSSER-OWEN

Alonso Cano’s rediscovered ‘Immaculate Conception’ for San Alberto, Seville - BY BENITO PRIETO NAVARRETE

Goya’s ‘Self-portrait with Dr Arrieta’ - BY MERCEDES CÉRON-PEÑA

Biting satire: notes on Salvador Dalí’s ‘Debris of an automobile’ - BY DAVID LOMAS

Edith Hoffmann’s early years in England, 1934–38 - BY YONNA YAPOU-KROMHOLZ

Eberhard W. Kornfeld (1923–2023) - BY JOHANNES NATHAN

Kavita Singh (1964–2023) - BY SALONI MATHUR

A 'shorter notice' not listed here is a piece by Patricia Manzano Rodriguez which examines an inventory of paintings owned by Catalina del Mazo, which sheds light on some early provenance of pictures by Velazquez and Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo (pictured).

New Release: The Art of Power

December 11 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Dutch readers are in for a treat this month with the newly released book entitled De kunst van de macht (or The Art of Power). This publication by Elmer Kolfin examines the patronage of the De Graeff mayors of Amsterdam, particularly in relation to artists such as Rembrandt, Lievens and Jordaens. Click on the link above to see a free preview of the publication, which appears to be richly illustrated.

New Catalogue of French and Italian Paintings at the Musées d'Orléans

December 11 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News spotted via. @bastianeclercy that the Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans have just published a new catalogue of their French and Italian paintings from the 15th to 17th centuries. This includes notes and illustrations on works by artists including Correggio, Annibale Carracci, Claude Deruet, Laurent de La Hyre, Guido Reni, Jacques Blanchard and Le Nain brothers. The 500+ page book contains roughly 420 entries, including works that were destroyed and / or looted during the war.

Upcoming Release: The Making of Technique in the Arts

December 8 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The publisher Brepols is due to release this very interesting sounding book before the end of the year. The Making of Technique in the Arts Theories and Practice from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century is a collection of essays edited by Sven Dupré and Marieke Hendriksen, focusing on the emergence of the term 'technique'.

Here is the contents of the book, which may be of interest:

2. The Body and Daily Life as Metaphor and Analogy in Technical Language in the Works of Leonardo da Vinci, Vannoccio Biringuccio and Benvenuto Cellini - Andrea Bernardoni

3. Neudörffer's Notebook: Recipes and the Rendering of Calligraphic Technique between Manuscript and Print in Sixteenth-Century Germany - Hannah Murphy

4. Between arte and ingenio. Approaches to Technique in Early Modern Spanish painting - José Ramón Marcaida

5. ‘An old and calm woman, blind and mute’: Finding Words to Describe Technique in Dutch Seventeenth-Century Art Literature - Marije Osnabrugge

6. ‘Have a great care of the shadows’. Perspectives on Carefulness in Historical Recipes for the Restoration of Oil Paintings. - Maartje Stols-Witlox

7. Architecture and Technical Virtuosity in Eighteenth Century France - Valérie Nègre

8. The Debate about Technique in the Kunstwissenschaft around 1900 - Maria Teresa Costa

9. Somatic Language in Artistic Work Practices. An Ethnographic Perspective on Bodies, Materials, Practical Knowledge and Technique in Contemporary Art - Christiane Schürkmann

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Uploads Collection Online

December 4 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Monticello, Virginia, the former home of Thomas Jefferson, that it has created a new online database for its historic collection of art, artefacts and documents.

According to the newly launched website:

Over the last 100 years, we have worked to locate and acquire approximately 5,000 objects in the collection, many of which are displayed in the house, wings, outbuildings, and museum galleries. The process is ongoing and involves a combination of documentary and provenance research and connoisseurship.

New Release: Gender and Self-Fashioning at the Intersection of Art and Science

December 4 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Another new release from Amsterdam University Press is the following publication entitled Gender and Self-Fashioning at the Intersection of Art and Science: Agnes Block, Botany, and Networks in the Dutch 17th Century. This new book by Catherine Powell-Warren examines the life of an understudied female botanist and patron from the Dutch Golden Age.

According to the blurb:

At once collector, botanist, reader, artist, and patron, Agnes Block is best described as a cultural producer. A member of an influential network in her lifetime, today she remains a largely obscure figure. The socioeconomic and political barriers faced by early modern women, together with a male-dominated tradition in art history, have meant that too few stories of women’s roles in the creation, production, and consumption of art have reached us. This book seeks to write Block and her contributions into the art and cultural history of the seventeenth-century Netherlands, highlighting the need for and advantages of a multifaceted approach to research on early modern women. Examining Block’s achievements, relationships, and objects reveals a woman who was independent, knowledgeable, self-aware, and not above self-promotion. Though her gender brought few opportunities and many barriers, Agnes Block succeeded in fashioning herself as Flora Batava, a liefhebber at the intersection of art and science.

Tim Clayton's Gillray Book wins William MB Berger Prize 2023

December 1 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Robin Simon, the British Art Journal's outgoing editor, that Tim Clayton's biography James Gillray: A Revolution in Satire has won this year's William MB Berger Prize 2023

Here's the book's blurb from its publisher Yale University Press:

James Gillray (1756–1815) was late Georgian Britain’s funniest, most inventive and most celebrated graphic satirist and continues to influence cartoonists today. His exceptional drawing, matched by his flair for clever dialogue and amusing titles, won him unprecedented fame; his sophisticated designs often parodied artists such as William Hogarth, Joshua Reynolds and Henry Fuseli, while he borrowed and wittily redeployed celebrated passages from William Shakespeare and John Milton to send up politicians in an age – as now – where society was fast changing, anxieties abounded, truth was sometimes scarce, and public opinion mattered.

Tim Clayton’s definitive biography explores Gillray’s life and work through his friends, publishers – the most important being women – and collaborators, aiming to identify those involved in inventing satirical prints and the people who bought them. Clayton thoughtfully explores the tensions between artistic independence, financial necessity and the conflicting demands of patrons and self-appointed censors in a time of political and social turmoil.

New Release: Hidden Patrons Women and Architectural Patronage in Georgian Britain

November 30 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

For those readers interested in architectural history, Bloomsbury have just today released a new book entitled Hidden Patrons: Women and Architectural Patronage in Georgian Britain. The publication by Amy Boyington appears to be a much needed architectural counterpart to the growth in publications on Georgian female artists over the past decade or so.

According to the blurb:

An enduring myth of Georgian architecture is that it was purely the pursuit of male architects and their wealthy male patrons. History states that it was men who owned grand estates and houses, who commissioned famous architects, and who embarked upon elaborate architectural schemes.

Hidden Patrons dismantles this myth - revealing instead that women were at the heart of the architectural patronage of the day, exerting far more influence and agency than has previously been recognised. Architectural drawing and design, discourse, and patronage were interests shared by many women in the eighteenth century. Far from being the preserve of elite men, architecture was a passion shared by both sexes, intellectually and practically, as long as they possessed sufficient wealth and autonomy.


The Secrets of Paintings Colloquium

November 29 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Speakers of French, German and English might be interested in the following colloquium which is being organised in Paris in early December. Entitled (in translation) The Secrets of Painting. Practice and Theory of Painting, Manner, and Materiality in Eighteenth-Century French Art, the free event will examine the view of painting as a specific material legacy of the fine arts in eighteenth century France. With a broad range of international speakers, and streamed on Zoom for free it seems, the event will take place in Paris on 7th and 8th December 2023. 


November 29 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has very kindly drawn my attention to the following lecture filmed at the Courtauld Institute the other week (I am yet to watch it myself). The presentation by Dr Stephan Kemperdick, Curator of Early Netherlandish and Early German Painting at the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, examines the documentary evidence for the portrait's traditional identification. Amongst his claims is that the identification with the Arnolfini family is a misreading of an inventory description, and this famous image may well in fact be a forgotten self portrait of the artist and his wife.

New Release: Petrarch and Sixteenth-Century Italian Portraiture

November 29 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Amsterdam University Press have just released the following publication on the subject of Petrarch and Sixteenth-Century Italian Portraiture. Edited by the scholars Ilaria Bernocchi, Nicolò Morelli and Federica Pich, this new volume appears to be an interesting one for anyone interested in Italian renaissance portraits.

According to the book's blurb:

The volume presents a wide-ranging investigation of the ways in which Petrarch’s legacy informed the relationship between visual and literary portraits in sixteenth-century Italy. Petrarch’s vast literary production influenced the intellectual framework in which new models of representation and self-representation developed during the Renaissance. His two sonnets on Laura’s portrait by Simone Martini and his ambivalent fascination with the illusionary power of portraiture in his Latin texts — such as the Secretum, the Familiares and De remediis utriusque fortune — constituted the theoretical reference for artists and writers alike. In a century dominated by the rhetorical comparison between art and literature (ut pictura poësis) and by the paragone debate, the interplay between Petrarch’s oeuvre, Petrarchism and portraiture shaped the discourse on the relationship between the sitters’ physical image and their inner life. The volume brings together diverse interdisciplinary contributions that explore the subject through a rich body of literary and visual sources.

A History of Cats in Indian Art

November 28 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Just in time for Christmas, Aleph Books have published a new book on the subject of Cats in Indian Art. The Indian Cat: Stories, Paintings, Poetry, and Proverbs was written by the late Indian art critic and historian Brijinder Nath Goswamy. 

According to the book's blurb:

The Indian Cat first presents a delightful picture of the cat in our written and oral literatures. This is followed by a catalogue of paintings, each showcasing a different aspect of the place accorded to cats in our society. Then there is a selection of poetry about the cat, much of which is translated from a wide swathe of languages including Urdu, Hindi, Persian, and Bengali. The final section presents proverbs, sayings, and idioms on the animal.

Free Blake Society Journal

November 28 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

To celebrate William Blake's birthday on 29th November The Blake Society have made their most recent edition of their annual journal free and available online (along with the three past editions also). This edition's theme is War and Peace and contains no less than 26 articles (!)

Johannes Stradanus Conference in Florence

November 28 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

It's not too late to sign up to join the upcoming international conference on Johannes Stradanus (1523-1605): A Flemish Artist in Florence in the Age of Exploration being held in Florence in two days time. The conference is free and is also being held online for those not able to travel to the city. The event is being held to coincide with the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio's exhibition on the artist which runs until 18th February 2024.

New Release: Architecture in Britain and Ireland 1530–1830

November 28 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from the Paul Mellon Centre that Yale University Press have today released their latest publication. Architecture in Britain and Ireland 1530–1830 is the latest book by the architectural and English Heritage properties historian Steven Brindle.

According to the book's blurb:

Across three chronological sections: 1530–1660, 1660–1760 and 1760–1830, this volume explores how architectural culture evolved from a subject carried solely in the minds and skills of craftsmen to being embodied in books and documents and with new professions – architects, surveyors and engineers – in charge. With chapters dedicated to towns and cities, landscape, infrastructure, military architecture and industrial architecture, and beautifully illustrated with new photography, detailed graphics and a wealth of historic images, Architecture in Britain and Ireland, 1530–1830 is an invaluable resource for students, historians and anyone with an interest in the architecture of this period, and promises to become a definitive work of scholarship in the field.

The University of Vienna are Hiring!

November 27 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The University of Vienna are hiring a University Professor of Early Modern European Art History.

According to the job description:

The professorship is intended to comprehensively represent the area of Early Modern Art in research and teaching (architecture, painting, sculpture, art theory), with a focus on Italian Baroque Art. Methodological and theoretical competence, experience in teaching at all levels of training and in supervising theses as well as in obtaining third-party funding are expected. Tasks include participation in introductory and epoch-lectures at the Department of Art History as well as in the Research Cluster on “Art History and Visual Culture” at the Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies.

Curiously, the specification ends with the following:

Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.

No salary is indicated on the website and applications must be in by 15th December 2023.

Good luck if you're applying!

Rubens International Study Day at Dulwich in 2024

November 27 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Some readers may be interested in the following study day organised by the Dulwich Picture Gallery in the New Year. The day has been arranged to coincide with the gallery's current Rubens & Women exhibition, which runs until 28th January 2024.

Here's a list of the four sessions planned for the day-long event:

Session 1 - Gender  

Exhibition Co-Curator Dr Amy Orrock and Dr Olenka Horbatsch, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, will introduce Rubens’s writings and drawings on women. What might the evidence on paper reveal about his studio practice and the role of women in his life?

Session 2 – Beauty  

Jacqueline Ansell, Senior Lecturer and writer, explores the topic of beauty through the fashion of the time, its meaning and connection to the works of Rubens.   

Session 3 – Love

Dr. Bert Watteeuw, Director of the Rubens House, will present new archival discoveries on Helena Fourment, fleshing out a rather meagre historiographical profile and returning agency to a mute muse. 

Session 4 – Power 

Co-Curator Dr Ben van Beneden will highlight how Rubens merged politics and power in his art, as he was not only the most internationally acclaimed artist of his time but also an important diplomat who was sent on missions to Spain, the Netherlands and England.   

The study day will take place on Friday 19th January 2024 and will cost a mere £25 to attend.

The Witt begins Digitisation Project

November 16 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Courtauld Institute of Art in London announced this week that they are beginning the process of a complete digitisation of the Witt Photographic Library. This important collection, which contains vast amounts of photos of paintings from auction catalogues, private collections and museums, ordered by national school and artist, is a significant resource for both academic researchers and the art trade. Its digitisation will likely transform the way paintings research is done. Amazingly, the institute has sent the entire collection to the Netherlands where it will be digitised by the company Picturae BV.

According to the press release:

Established in the 1890s by Sir Robert Witt during his undergraduate studies at Oxford, the collection has a fascinating history. A comprehensive survey in 2013 showed that the Witt comprises 2,151,862 images in 102,995 folders, housed in 19,139 boxes. Its collection occupies nearly 1.4 km of shelf space and includes works from 26 different national “schools” of art.

They are planning that the whole collection will be completed by Summer 2025, and have even published the following schedule:

British School by w/c 28 July 2024
French School by w/c 2 September 2024
Netherlandish School by w/c 11 November 2024
Italian School by w/c 10 February 2025
German and American Schools by w/c 11 March 2025
Remaining schools by w/c 15 April 2025

Caroline Campbell on 'The Power of Art'

November 13 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Caroline Campbell, the Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, wrote an extended piece this weekend for the Belfast Telegraph. The article explains her reasons for writing her new book The Power of Art: A World History in Fifteen Cities, a publication which was released last month. Amongst the paragraphs that struck me was the following:

Art undeniably gains its power from its ability to fuel and drive our feelings. Because it is able to appeal to our inner beings, it can give solace and connection, linking us to lives and experiences far removed from us by time or distance. Just as potently, it can foment difference and dissent, intensifying our sense of dislocation, rage, or violence. Growing up in Belfast during the Troubles particularly sensitised me to this issue. Art is dangerous, and it can influence us in eloquent and sometimes uncontrollable ways. But it is also uniquely able to connect us to the peoples and worlds of the past.

The publication is out and available now.

Lucas Achtschellinck (1626-1699) Online Catalogue

November 8 2023

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

CODART (International network for curators of art from the Low Countries) has shared news that a new online catalogue project has been published dedicated to the Brussels landscape painter Lucas Achtschellink (1629-1699). AHN applauds all attempts for such projects, no matter how well-known or obscure the artist!

According to the CODART article:

About 300 works (paintings, drawings and tapestries) are included on, along with a biography of the artist, as well as lists of public and private collections, related auctions, art dealers, exhibitions and a bibliography. The site is produced by Emmanuel de Cannart d’Hamale in collaboration with art historian Philippe Dellis and historian Erik Wauters.

The website seems very straightforward and easy to use. Congratulations to all involved!

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