Appel à communication pour le RSA : Collecting and Display of Small, Portable Objects (15th–17th century) (Dublin, 7–10 avril 2021)

Willem van Haecht, Apelles Painting Campaspe, c. 1630, oil on panel, Mauritshuis, The Hague, détail.

Renaissance Society of America Conference
Dublin, 7–10 avril 2021

Collecting and Display of Small, Portable Objects (15th–17th century)

The taste for small objects, such as gems, jewels, coins, small antiquities, statuettes and miniature works of art is evident in leading collections from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries. The materiality of small precious objects and their portability raise questions about the dynamics and the reasons behind the taste for small things, addressing concepts of intimacy, privacy and public access in relation to the display of these objects, as well as questions about their significance in periods of uncertainty. Long-standing scholarship on collections has focused on their legacies, while less attention has been paid to the status of these objects and to the way in which objects may have been valued for their diminutive size, movability, or even disposability. The topic for these sessions raises new questions about the appeal of collecting and displaying such works of art.

We invite proposals that consider the following:

  • The significance and value of gems, cameos, medals, and other small works of art, as contrasted to paintings or large-scale sculpture
  • Collecting reduced copies of well-known sculpture and the ways in which these miniatures altered the collector’s relationships with and perceptions of the original
  • Collecting across different scales and the display of miniature collections
  • Moveable works of art and mobility of works of art within a collection
  • The transformation of collections through small, precious objects during periods of change
  • Collections perceived as disposable and exchangeable
  • The safeguard of inheritances and collections
  • Dislocation and re-interpretation of collections

Proposals should be for 20-minute papers and must include a title, abstract of no more than 150 words, keywords and a one-page CV. Speakers will need to be members of RSA and members of The Society for the History of Collecting at the time of the conference.

Please send your submission before 30 July 2020 to Adriana Turpin (adrianaturpin@gmail.com), Sophia Quach McCabe (sqmccabe@gmail.com), and Alice Ottazzi (alice.otz@gmail.com).

Applicants will be notified by 10 August.

Appel à communication : Séminaire Collection 2020 (Paris)

Appel à communication pour le Séminaire Collection (2020, Paris)

Date limite : 08 novembre 2019

Les organisateurs de Collection/Séminaire sur le collectionnisme et le marché de l’art, lancent un appel à communication pour les séances mensuelles du séminaire en 2020. Le séminaire Collection entend être un lieu de rencontre qui permet la discussion entre universitaires et conservateurs venus présenter de nouvelles recherches sur tous les sujets relatifs à l’histoire des collections et du marché de l’art. Les communications pourront concerner toutes les époques sans limitations géographiques et aborder par exemple la constitution et la vie des collections, (privées et muséales), les collectionneurs et les acteurs du marché de l’art, autant que des réflexions méthodologiques sur les sources et les outils, y compris numériques.

Chaque séance est formée d’une présentation de 45 minutes suivie d’une discussion. Les séminaires se tiendront, à l’Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), de 18h30 à 20h00, les mardis 18 février, 17 mars, 7 avril, 5 mai et 9 juin. Les dates du 2esemestre seront indiquées ultérieurement.

Les propositions (300 mots) accompagnées d’un CV concis et des dates auxquelles vous n’êtes pas disponibles sont à envoyer avant le vendredi 8 novembre 2019 à collection.seminaire@gmail.com.

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