CFP: The Artistic Taste of Nations (Amsterdam, 13-14 Jun 2019)

The Artistic Taste of Nations: Contesting Geographies of European Art, 1550-1815

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
June 13 – 14, 2019

Deadline: Nov 15, 2018

Researchers are invited to submit papers scrutinizing the impact of the early modern notion of ‘school’ on the emergence of a geographical understanding of the visual arts in Europe. As an organizing principle in art collections and art books, this notion was used to indicate a range of different kinds of places, including artists’ workshops, art academies, cities, regions and nations in Europe. Its application was far from standardized, however, as evidenced by the broad debates, negotiations and contestations amongst scholars, collectors, dealers, agents and artists concerning the nature, prestige and identity of art and artists. Depending on the contexts in which such debates took place (e.g. scholarship, collecting, the market or aesthetics), the notion of school could be associated with issues of taste and civilization, human variety and national character, nature and climate, and commerce or knowledge. The concept of school was thus based on the location of certain practices and modalities of art, although it was equally suited to the active shaping of ideas about the European art world and, possibly, even about the nations of Europe. The early modern concept of school thus did not coincide with the modern notion of national school. The extent to which it influenced modern forms of national-school classifications of art and national art history (which are currently under critical scrutiny by art historians with a geographical interest in the artistic exchange, transfer or circulation of early modern art) is open to debate (Gaehtgens 1993, Kaufmann 2004, Maës 2010). Continue reading “CFP: The Artistic Taste of Nations (Amsterdam, 13-14 Jun 2019)”

CONF: The Orléans Collection (New Orleans, Jan 11-13, 2019)

Nicolas Poussin, Ecstasy of St. Paul, 1643. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University, Sarasota, Museum purchase

Orléans CFP

The Orléans Collection: Tastemaking, Networks and Legacy

New Orleans Museum of Art, January 11-13, 2019

The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Frick Center for the History of Collecting will host a symposium in conjunction with ‘The Orléans Collection’ exhibition dedicated to the collecting and collection of Philippe II duc d’Orléans (1674–1723) on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art October 26, 2018 through January 27, 2019

Collecting over just over two decades, Philippe II d’Orléans amassed one of the most important collections of European paintings in the history of art, which he displayed in his Palais-Royal in Paris. This celebrated collection assembled over 500 masterpieces of European Art and this landmark exhibition reunites a representative group of forty works to tell the complex story of the collection’s formation and character and the impact of the sales of the collection in London during the French revolution, a watershed event in the history of collecting.

The Orléans Collection exhibition catalogue essays offer an overview of the collection, Philippe’s relationship with his court painter Antoine Coypel, the refurbishment of the Palais-Royal during the regency, his collecting of Venetian, Dutch and Flemish and Bolognese Art, contemporary artists studying the collection, and a review of the circumstances of the collection’s dispersal. The catalogue’s extensive Appendix transcribes the earliest 1727 publication of the collection tracing picture to their current locations.

The symposium seeks to expand beyond the scope of the catalogue and consider a wider range of relationships concerning Philippe d’Orléans’s taste and the impact the collection had for generations of collectors and artists, and an increasingly wider public throughout the eighteenth century. Subjects of interest might include: Philippe II’s patronage network; fellow collectors and trends in collecting in Paris; dealers and the art market in eighteenth century

Paris; connections with contemporary collections in the German principalities; the ‘Orléans Effect’ in Great Britain and later entrance in public collections.


Travel can be provided to a limited number of applicants.

To propose a paper, please submit a message of interest and 300 word abstract by September 30, 2018 to:

Vanessa I. Schmid, Ph.D., Senior Research Curator for European Art,  New Orleans Museum of Art

CFP : Bankers and merchants as actors in North-Eastern Europe

Money, prestige and responsibility: Bankers and merchants as actors in economic, political and cultural networks in North-Eastern Europe 16th-20th century

[Abbreviated English summary, full German version here]

International conference organised by the Nordost-Institut (IKGN e. V.), Lüneburg, and the Institute of Art History, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, 28-30 September 2017

The merchant-banker of North-Eastern Europe has received relatively little attention as a pivotal figure in cultural history. Although the status of the banker has been studied in the history of economics and in socio-historical terms, the focus has mostly been on banks as institutions or on the bourgeois origin of bankers. The geographic or socio-political characteristics of the North-Eastern European regions have often been disregarded. Divided into three sections, this call for papers also looks for investigations of bankers as promoters of arts and culture.