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Art History Research News, November-December 2017

Dr Stephanie O'Rourke published a book review of Andrei Pop's Antiquity, Theatre, and the Painting of Henry Fuseli (Oxford, 2015) and Mark Ledbury's James Northcote, History Painting, and the Fables (Yale, 2014) in the Oxford Art Journal vol. 40 no. 3.

Dr Sam Rose's first book, Art as Form, is under contract for publication in the Penn State University Press 'Refiguring Modernism' series. The book is about the connection between form and modernist aesthetics, moving from the critic Roger Fry through issues such as art historical description and objectivity, constructions of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, design theory’s struggles with mass culture, socially engaged art writing, and the idea of ‘global modernism’. 

Dr Lenia Kouneni gave a paper entitled 'The Walker Trust Excavations of the Great Palace' in November in a conference in Istanbul on Discovering Byzantium in Istanbul, Scholars, Institutions and Challenges, 1800-1955. 

Dr Luke Gartlan gave a public lecture entitled 'Photography's History in Meiji Japan: New Approaches and Challenges' at the opening of the conference Travelling Images: Circulating Photographs, Objects, Knowledge (October 12-14), held at the Institute of Art History, University of Zurich. On October 25, Luke also delivered the paper 'Trading Places: Photography and Anglo-Australian Merchants in Meiji Japan' at the Japan Research Centre, SOAS.   

Prof. Kathryn M. Rudy (Kate) has been awarded a three-year Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to carry out a project called 'Measuring medieval users’ responses to manuscripts: new technological approaches'. Medieval books are among the most enduring testaments of pre-modern culture. Inscribed on organic parchment, manuscripts’ signs of wear are self-documenting, recording how they have been handled, transported, upgraded, exposed, and used ritualistically. Rudy has proposed to develop four techniques to investigate medieval manuscripts: pollen analysis, three-dimensional photography (RTI), parchment thickness analysis, and DNA analysis of stains. She will work with forensic scientists to modify tools, such as a pollen mini-hoover. Developing metric-based, machine-aided techniques—and applying existing techniques in new ways—will answer humanities questions about how medieval people sourced materials, handled their books, travelled with them, and used them in rituals.  

Kate participated in the third and final meeting of the Pilgrim Libraries Network, organised by Prof. Anthony Bale (Birkbeck) and sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust. The event took place at the Koninklijke Nederlandse Instituut in Rome from 4-8 December. Kate discussed the project she developed with the students in her AH4175 module on pilgrimage: analysing signs of wear in Conques Cathedral in order to understand how pilgrims used the interior spaces.  

On 14 December Kate spoke at the Princeton Humanities Council about reading emotion in signs of wear in late medieval manuscripts.  

From 17-27 December, Kate traveled Oaxaca (Mexico) to study textile artisans, particularly the relationships between tourism, demand for the work of designer-makers, and innovation in design.  

Dr Ulrike Elisabeth Weiss explored the social status of sculptor Johann Christion Wenzinger, unique among his peers, and analysed his reliefs, in a chapter just published in Josef Grünenfelder (ed.): Die Kathedrale St. Gallen. Das spätbarocke Bauwerk und seine Ausstattung. Kunstverlag Josef Fink 2017 (pp. 382-413). 

Ann Gunn gave a paper, 'The Fire of Faction': Paul Sandby, John Wilkes, Charles Churchill, and a dangerous satirical collaboration, at the conference Early Modern Satire: Themes, Re-Evaluations, and Practices at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, November 2 - 4, 2017. 

She published two articles:  

The Fire of Faction’; Sources for Paul Sandby’s Satires of 1762-63, in Print Quarterly, XXXIV No 4, December 2017, pp 400-418. 

‘Five Hundred and forty-twocopperplates: Andrew Bell’s Illustrations for the of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. 1771-1797, in the Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History ‘Printmaking ins Scotland, Vol. 22, 2017-18, pp 7-14. 

On 8 November, Dr Elsje van Kessel gave a talk at the Department of the History of Art, University of Cambridge, titled 'Eating with paintings in Titian's Venice, and why it matters'. Elsje also conducted two months of field work for her Leverhulme Trust funded project 'Stolen Ships and Globalisation': in November in London and Kew and in December in Amsterdam and The Hague.

Dr Jeremy Howard recently published three articles:‘The World of Erich von Campenhausen: A creative spirit to mark the opening of a new artistic era in Riga. Part I’, in Art History and Theory (Mākslas Vēsture un Teorija), No. 20, 2017, pp. 36-55; 

‘A is for AZBUKA Anew: Reading (the art, pedagogy and politics of) Early Soviet Illustrated Primers’, Histoire@Politique, n° 33, septembre-décembre 2017, pp. 1-28 [online, www.histoire-politique.fr]; and

К пониманию значимости «Огородника» Наталии Гончаровой: общие аспекты визуального и сравнительного анализа ['Towards an understanding of the significance of Nataliya Goncharova's Gardener: some visual and comparative analysis'], this as his part of a collaborative article co-authored with Nataliya Ryzhikova, entitled ‘«Огородник» Николая Некрасова и современные лубки ['Nikolay Nekrasov's 'Gardener' and Contemporary Lubki'], Бурылинский альманах [Burylin Almanach], No. 1 (7), 2017, pp. 68-84 and n.p. 

Jeremy also presented ‘Flaxopolis: How Trade in Russian and Baltic Flax changed Dundee’ at The Rotary Club of Monifieth & District, 6 December 2017, this being the third in a series of talks on the subject, the first having been given as on HM Frigate Unicorn (17 May 2017), the second at Abertay History Society (13 September 2017). 

Dr Agnès Bos gave a talk titled ‘Late Medieval and Early Modern Furniture in France: a form of ‘Renaissance Gothic’?’ at the 5th Annual Late Medieval France and Burgundy Seminar, held on the 1st and 2nd of December at St Andrews, School of History.

 

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