Digital Workshops on 5 May, 2 June and 7 July 2022
In 2022, Egyptology celebrates important historical events that number among the highlights in the exploration of the culture and civilization of the country by the Nile. In 1822, Jean-François Champollion succeeded in deciphering the hieroglyphics, the hieratic and the demotic scripts, by working primarily with the Rosetta Stone. In 1922, the British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings.
The academy research project “Antiquitatum Thesaurus” would like to contribute to the international discourse and, in three half-day digital workshops in the summer semester of 2022 (5 May / 2 June / 7 July), draw attention to some central questions of the early-modern reception of Egypt, which preceded the events mentioned above.
How did contacts with the land of the pharaohs and their culture come about, and what image of it was conveyed? What role did aegyptiaca play in collections of antiquities, cabinets des curiosités or Wunderkammern? How were Egyptian or Egyptianising artefacts visually documented and discussed?
Before Napoleon’s great military expeditions and the subsequent scientific explorations of the country, when the number of travellers to the Levant was still manageable, the perception and understanding of Egypt far from the Nile had to rely primarily on easily portable objects. These had found their way to the other side of the Mediterranean at different times and along different routes. Finally, the study of ancient Greek and Roman authors, who transmitted their own mediated version of history and Egyptian culture, should not be underestimated.
COLLECTION / Séminaire sur le collectionnisme et le marché de l’art
APPEL À COMMUNICATION
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 2022. Depuis sa fondation en 2020 le séminaire Collection entend être un lieu de rencontre 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), l’analyse de la figure du collectionneur dans toute sa complexité (rôle, statut, milieu) et les acteurs du marché de l’art (stratégies et réseau). Nous invitons aussi à porter un regard particulier aux 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 en ligne de 18h30 à 20h00, les 15 février, 15 mars, 12 avril, 10 mai, 07 juin, 18 octobre, 15 novembre et 13 décembre 2022.
Les propositions (300 mots) accompagnées d’un CV concis et des dates auxquelles vous n’êtes pas disponibles sont à envoyer avant le 10 décembre 2021 à firstname.lastname@example.org. Le choix des propositions sera effectué avant le 15 décembre.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The organisers of Collection/Séminaire sur le collectionnisme et le marché de l’art are inviting papers for the monthly sessions of the seminar in 2022. Since its foundation in 2020, the seminar Collection has been a place where academics and curators meet to present new researches on all topics related to the history of collecting and the art market.Continuer la lecture de « Appel à communication : Séminaire Collection 2022 »
The Reception and Consumption of Chinese Porcelain in Europe and the New World: 16th and 17th centuries.
Intervenant : Dr Teresa Canepa
29 september 2020, 14h30 (Paris time)
A few pieces of Chinese porcelain are known to have arrived to Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, along the famous overland route, the Silk Road, that traversed the heartland of the Eurasian continent or by ship through the Persian Gulf or Red Sea to Turkey, Egypt and Venice. The great maritime voyages of exploration launched by Portugal and Spain at the end of the 15th century in search of the Spice Islands, culminated in Bartolomeu Dias’s discovery of a route to the Indian Ocean round the Cape of Good Hope in 1488, and Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the New World, four years later, in 1492, which opened up direct sea trade routes between Europe, the New World, Africa and Asia via both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. By the beginning of the 17th century, trading companies from the Northern Netherlands/Dutch Republic and England began to take part in the trade to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope and partly gained control of the Asian maritime trade. This online lecture will briefly examine textual, material and visual sources that provide information on the various types of Chinese porcelain that were imported to Europe and the New World in the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as the different ways in which they were acquired, appreciated and used within the respective societies.
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.