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Art History Research News, January-February 2018

Wednesday 07 November 2018

Dr Natalie Adamson's article "Une éclosion de fleurs noires: Bachelard, Soulages et l’imagination matérielle de la peinture abstraite", translated by Jean-François Cornu, has been published in Les Arts à Paris après la Libération. Temps et temporalités, eds. Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, Thomas Kirchner, Déborah Laks and Nele Putz. The essay is available for free download at

Dr Francesca Borgo's essay, 'Leonardo’s Hunts. Metaphors for the Physiology of Perception' was published in a volume titled Hunting Without Weapons. On the Pursuit of Imageswhich analyses the significance of hunting metaphors in artistic practice and theory.In February she delivered the paper 'Losing Battles. The Memory of Perfection in Sixteenth-Century Italy' at the College Art Association's Annual Conference. She continues her fellowship at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, working on the Research Institute's annual theme, Iconoclasm and Vandalism.

On 21 February, Dr Agnès Bos gave a paper titled 'Le lit provenant du château d'Effiat conservé au musée du Louvre' at the symposium Lits historiques. À la recherche des lits européens du XVe au XVIIIe siècle – usages, formes et décors held in Paris (École du Louvre and Musée du Louvre).

Dr Linda Goddard published 'Gauguin's Alter-Egos: Writing the Other and the Self', in Norma Broude, ed., Gauguin's Challenge: New Perspectives After Postmodernism (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).

In February Dr Lenia Kouneni gave a talk entitled 'From spiritual visions to archaeological digs: The Walker Trust excavations of the Great Palace' in the Byzantine Studies Seminar of the University of Edinburgh. She also gave a paper on 'Antique Influences and Byzantine Echoes: Hercules on the facade of San Marco' in the SAIMS seminar series.

On 19 February Dr José Ramón Marcaida visited the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, where he led a double session on “Cultures of Collecting in the Early Modern Hispanic World” as part of the Opening the Cabinet of Curiosities course. This course is organised by the V&A Research Institute and the V&A Learning Academy.

Dr Stephanie O'Rourke gave a paper titled 'Painting History in the Shadow of the Guillotine' at the College Art Association's Annual Conference. The panel, titled 'The French Fragment', was co-chaired by Dr Emily Eastgate Brink (assistant professor, University of Western Australia) and Dr Marika Knowles (Harvard University). Dr Knowles will begin a full-time lectureship in art history at St Andrews in September 2018.

Dr Sam Rose joined the Editorial Board of Art History.

In January Dr Camilla Mørk Røstvik was scheduled to participate in the interdisciplinary international network on Politics and Art (Dundee/St Andrews), but got the flu. She will continue to be involved with the network. On Wednesday 17 January she organised and hosted 'Menstruation Symposium', which brought together researchers from different disciplines across and beyond Scotland. It resulted in an email-based network and talks about applying for bigger grants. She has also co-organised Early Career Women events at St Andrews, run the Feminist Reading Group forthnightly and organised the School of Art History's Art & Tech research Cluster.

Professor Kathryn M. Rudy (Kate) has been awarded a seven-month residential senior fellowship by the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) to research and write a book tentatively titled Monasteries in Competition: Manuscript Production of Delft in the Late Middle Ages. The project will make use of economic theory and will apply claudistic analysis to a large data set about the manuscripts' calendars, which Kate has been collecting for nearly 20 years.

In Print Quarterly xxxv (2018), pp. 54-56, Kate has published a review of The Saint between Manuscript and Print in Italy, 1400–1600, edited by Alison K. Frazier (Toronto, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2015, 495 pp., 39 ills., $49.95). She has also published two articles:

‘Reconstructing the Delbecq-Schreiber Passion (as part of the St Godeleva manuscript)’, Unter Druck. Mitteleuropäische Buchmalerei im 15. Jahrhundert. Akten der Tagung, Wien, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 13.1.–17.1.2016, herausgegeben von Jeffrey F. Hamburger und Maria Theisen. Buchmalerei des 15. Jahrhunderts in Mitteleuropa Herausgeben von Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Band 15 (Petersberg: Michael Imhoff Verlag, 2018).

‘Eating the Face of Christ: Philip the Good and his physical relationship with Veronicas’, in: Veronica, Saint Veronica and vera icona in Medieval Texts and Art, a special issue of Convivium, published by Université de Lausanne, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, ed. by Amanda Murphy, Marco Petoletti, Eamon Duffy, and Guido Milanese (2018).

Kate's book Piety in Pieces (Open Book Publishers, 2016)has been named one of Choice Reviews outstanding books of 2017.

During the inter-semester break, Dr Ilse Sturkenboom gave a talk entitled ‘Copying Text and Image in Aq Qoyunly Iran’ at the workshop Textual and Material Craftsmanship: What does Copying a Manuscript Mean? convened by the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures in Hamburg. On 29 January, she was in Germany again to receive the Annemarie Schimmel Prize. This prize for excellent research on the art and culture of the Islamic world was awarded for Ilse’s PhD dissertation on illustrated manuscripts of the Persian poem ‘Conference of the Birds’ by the Gesellschaft der Freude Islamischer Kunst und Kultur e.V. in Munich. Ilse has recently been awarded a Carnegie Research Incentive Grant for her project about Persian manuscripts written on beautifully tinted and gold-painted paper that appears to stem from East Asia.







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