Conference: The Louvre Before the Louvre: Artisans, Artists, Academies
Friday 5 July, 10am-6pm
Convenors: Mia Jackson (QMUL) and Hannah Williams (University of Oxford)
Now one of the world’s best-known museums, the Louvre was once a vast artistic and cultural centre of a different kind. This one-day conference addresses the fascinating but little known period of the Louvre’s history throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, exploring the role this space, its objects, and its inhabitants played in the histories of art production and artistic sociability in early modern Paris.
Eminent and emerging scholars including two guest speakers from the Musée du Louvre will together provide an intimate understanding of the artistic and intellectual neighbourhood of the Louvre and its effect on art and design in the period. Papers on the day will investigate the collective spaces and sociable practices of the Louvre (from the royal academies to artists’ studios), the intersections between personal and professional spaces for the artists and artisans who both lived and worked in the Louvre, and the wider significance of the Louvre in artistic social networks both locally and internationally.
With its rich collection of objects from this period, the Wallace Collection offers attendees an opportunity to immerse themselves in the material world created through these artistic collaborations.
Speakers: Drew Armstrong (University of Pittsburgh), Laura Auricchio (The New School), Esther Bell (Cincinnati Art Museum), Geneviève Bresc-Bautier (Musée du Louvre), Dena Goodman (University of Michigan), Anne Higonnet (Barnard College, Columbia University), Bärbel Küster (State Academy for Art and Design Stuttgart), Pierre-Édouard Latouche (Université du Québec à Montréal), David Maskill (Victoria University of Wellington), Guilhem Scherf (Musée du Louvre), Katie Scott (Courtauld Institute of Art), Susan Wager (Columbia University)
Cost: £21.85, £11.25 concessions
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