The Second Biennale of the Centre for Early Modern Studies – Program

His Artibus: An author, Her/His Environment and Artwork. Possibilities of Artists’ Biographies in the Present Day

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the Second Biennale of the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History, which takes place on the 27th–28th May 2021.

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Himmlische Botschaften

Botschaften in bürgerlichen Welten –
Barocke Deckenmalerei in Bürgerhäusern

Augsburg, 6. und 7. Mai 2021 in Augsburg

Liebe Mitglieder und Freunde der BCPCE,

anbei findet Ihr den Flyer zur Tagung Himmlische Botschaften in bürgerlichen Welten – Barocke Deckenmalerei in Bürgerhäusern am 6. und 7. Mai 2021 in Augsburg. Diese kann aufgrund der Einschränkungen durch die Coronapandemie nun auch ein Jahr später leider doch nur virtuell abgehalten werden.

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From a Finding to Interpretation

Zuzana Macurová – Tomáš Valeš (edd.), From a Finding to Interpretation: Connoisseurship, Collecting and Iconography of Early Modern Art, Brno 2019

by Radka Nokkala Miltová

This publication consists of essays by art historians from the Czech Republic and other countries (four contributors are members of the BCPCE). The volume is thematically focused on connoisseurship, collecting and iconography of early modern art. Chapters of the book are characterized by new findings and by innovative applications of novel methodological approaches resulting into innovative interpretations. The intention of the book is to honour 70th anniversary of professor Lubomír Slavíček, who as one of the leading Czech art historians, specializes – although by no means exclusively – on early modern art.  

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Baroque Ceiling Painting in Hungary II

János Jernyei Kiss (ed.), Barokk freskófestészet Magyarországon II. kötet – Baranya, Somogy, Tolna és Zala megye [Baroque Ceiling Painting in Hungary, Vol. II. – Baranya, Somogy, Tolna and Zala Counties], Budapest 2020, 560 pp., ISBN: 9786150092843

Following the first volume of the corpus of Baroque ceiling painting in Hungary, the present handbook, published in 2020, focuses on fifty-one murals located in the Southern Transdanubian counties of present-day Hungary. A part of the four-volume corpus edited by János Jernyei Kiss and published by the Hungarian Academy of Arts in collaboration with the Hungarian Museum of Architecture and Monument Protection Documentation Centre, this lavishly illustrated large-format book presents new research by fifteen authors on several aspects of monumental mural decoration during the 18th century in Hungary.

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The Second Biennale of the Centre for Early Modern Studies – CFP

His Artibus: An author, Her/His Environment and Artwork. Possibilities of Artists’ Biographies in the Present Day

The Second Biennale of the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Masaryk University, Department of Art History, planned for May 6th –7th 2020, will take place in the new term May 27th –28th  2021.

The Biennale is currently planned as an on-line meeting. If the epidemiological situation allows (and we firmly believe, it will), we are ready to transfer the conference from the virtual into the real space of the Masaryk University in Brno. For the foreign colleagues and those who cannot arrive to Brno the video-conferencing will remain at the disposal.

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Shadow Casting in the Projection of Baroque Ceiling Paintings

Shadow Casting in the Projection
of Baroque Ceiling Paintings

(Workshop, Brno, October 8, 2020)

by: Michaela Šeferisová Loudová and Martin Mádl
photos: Martin Mádl and Tadeáš Kadlec

On October 8, the Seminar of Art History, Masaryk University in Brno, and the Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the restorer Michaela Rychlá Navrátilová and the architect Daniela Vlková, and with the students of art history of the Masaryk and the Charles Universities have organized a joint workshop in Brno.

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Dem Himmel so nah…

Dem Himmel so nah – barocke
Deckenpracht an Europas Höfen

DECKENMALEREI UM 1700 IN EUROPA
HÖFE UND RESIDENZEN
Hg. Stephan Hoppe, Heiko Laß, Herbert Karner

Dem Himmel so nah… PDF

Ob in Nord- oder Südeuropa – zahlreiche barocke Residenzen
zeigen dem Besucher an Decken und Wänden in imposanten
Gemälden Handlungsfelder fürstlicher Regierung und die
Illusion einer besseren Wirklichkeit. Kenntnisreich zeigt der
Band, wie nahezu alle wichtigen Dynastien Europas diese Malerei
als wichtiges Instrument der Selbstdarstellung nutzten.

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Himmlische Botschaften in bürgerlichen Welten – Barocke Deckenmalerei in Bürgerhäusern

Symposium: Himmlische Botschaften in bürgerlichen Welten – Barocke Deckenmalerei in Bürgerhäusern 

Augsburg, May 2021

Himmlische Botschaften Flyer

Dear members and friends of the BCPCE

Enclosed you will find the flyer of the symposium Himmlische Botschaften in bürgerlichen Welten – Barocke Deckenmalerei in Bürgerhäusern as planned for May 14th and 15th, 2020 in Augsburg. Unfortunately, the Corona epidemic limits social and, consequently, also scholarly contacts in the whole of Europe and forces us to cancel and postpone the meeting for the time being, which we deeply regret. It would be irresponsible to decide otherwise.

The program documents how intensely all the speakers intended to deal with the topic of the symposium. As a rule, this indicates indisputably the relevance of any scholarly research and of the innovative results to be expected from the different contributions, as well as the possibility of mutual fruitful inspiration.

In consideration of all this, we decided to postpone the symposium for approximately one year (May 2021). The exact date will be communicated only after the end of the epidemic.

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CBDD Greetings

Liebe Alle,

liebe Mitglieder und Freunde der BCPCE,

in dieser ungewissen Zeit von Corona senden wir Euch vom Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland einen herzlichen und aufmunternden Gruß.

Hoffentlich geht es Euch allen gut und Ihr seid wohlauf. Wir denken an Euch, wünschen Euch trotz der widrigen Umstände alles Gute und freuen uns schon sehr darauf, Euch alle wieder wohlbehalten treffen zu können.

Das Wichtigste aber ist, wie man heute trefflich schreibt:

Bleibt gesund!

Euer CbDD-Team /

Stephan Hoppe, Matteo Burioni und das gesamte CbDD-Team

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Vol. I of the Corpus of Baroque Ceiling Painting in Hungary Published

Barokk freskófestészet Magyarországon, I. kötet: Fejér, Komárom-Esztergom és Veszprém megye [Baroque ceiling painting in Hungary, Vol. I: Fejér, Komárom-Esztergom and Veszprém Countiers], szerk. Jernyei Kiss János, Budapest 2019, 520 p., ISBN: 978-61-05546-436-2

The first volume of the corpus of Baroque ceiling painting in Hungary has been published recently by the MMA publisher in Budapest, in collaboration with the Hungarian Museum of Architecture and Monument Protection Documentation Centre.

The publication is the result of the research project carried out earlier at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, coordinated by János Jernyei-Kiss who also edited the present volume.

Following the modell of the “Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland”, the 4 volume series will provide a complete catalogue of Baroque ceiling paintings Hungary.

The first volume is a collective work of 15 authors and catalogues 56 works in the central Transdanubian region of Hungary, that is in the territories of Fejér, Komárom-Esztergom és Veszprém counties.

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His Artibus: An Author (CFP)

His Artibus: An author, Her/His Environment and Artwork. Possibilities of Artists’ Biographies in the Present Day (CFP)

May 6 – 7, 2020
Masaryk University, Department of Art History
Brno, Arna Nováka 1, Czech Republic

One of the founders of the art historical discipline, Carl Friedrich von Rumohr, stated that a piece of artwork needs to be critically explained outside of itself and not according to the intention of its author. His statement stands at the beginning of an important tradition of a scientific approach to art history. In a similar sense, the thoughts of Michael Baxandall have been resonating until the present day. He reflected upon model situations of “patterns of intention” in relation to artwork, commissioning and an author and her/his environment. The philosophical and historical contributions of Michel Foucault and Roger Chartier, as well as methodological initiative of Pierre Bourdieu and Niklas Luhmann from the sociological perspective, enter the art historical debate about artworks and their authors collaterally in this tradition.

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In the Name of Wisdom. The Iconography of the Baroque Libraries in Moravia in the 18th Century

Michaela Šeferisová Loudová,  Ve jménu moudrosti. Ikonografie barokních knihoven na Moravě v 18. století [In the Name of Wisdom. The Iconography of the Baroque Libraries in Moravia in the 18th Century], Brno 2019, 501 pp., ISBN: 978-80-7422-663-2

This book is the first monograph on the artistic decoration of Baroque library halls created in the 18th century and still preserved in now days Moravia, namely libraries in the former Canonry of Premonstratensians Hradisko near Olomouc, in the Benedictine Abbey in Rajhrad, in the monastery of Franciscans in Uherské Hradiště, in the monasteries of Minorites and Capuchins in Brno, in the Canonry of Premonstratensians in Nová Říše and in the former Premonstratensian Canonry Louka near Znojmo, where the library no longer exists, but its visual aspect is brought to use in the preserved library of the Premonstratensian Canonry at Strahov in Prague, called the Philosophical Hall, which was created as a replica of the Louka library. These monastic libraries are followed by the only one castle library in the (arch)bishop residence in Kroměříž.

The monograph is primarily focused on the reconstruction of the iconographic programs of the wall paintings in libraries, but also takes into account the style of the paintings, their authorship and last, but not least the iconography and iconology of the whole monastery (respective castle), where library halls are located. The iconographic themes in the Moravian libraries, in some cases decoded for the first time, are presented in the context of decoration of other Baroque monastic libraries in the Czech Republic as well in the Central Europe. Continue reading In the Name of Wisdom. The Iconography of the Baroque Libraries in Moravia in the 18th Century

Call for papers: The heaven of the well-to-do citizen. Baroque ceiling painting in townhouses

Peace and Prosperity – both conditions for political stability and economic prosperity always determined the lifestyle of the upper middle classes and are reflected visually in the ceiling
frescoes of the 18 th. century. A speedily executed and therefore affordable medium, ceiling painting was apt for representations of complex subject matters supported by its vast surfaces.

The free imperial city of Augsburg provided ideal conditions. The trade in textiles or silver products flourished as well as banking. In Augsburg, the centre of publishing houses and printing, a rich supply of iconographic and compositional possibilities was available. The bi-confessionally ruled academy attracted many fresco painters from the surrounding territories. Therefore, Augsburg seems to be the ideal place for an interdisciplinary symposium on ceiling paintings in bourgeois houses within a European context.

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International workshop New Research on Baroque Ceiling Painting

An international workshop “New Research on Baroque Ceiling Painting” and the Annual Meeting of the Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe will tak place in Budapest, May 31 – June 2, 2019.

Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Building „Sophianum”
1 Mikszáth Kálmán tér, Budapest, ground floor, room 9

Franz Anton Maulbertsch, Visitation of Virgin Mary (detail), Cathedral Vác, Hungary, 1771-1772
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