Maulbertsch and Adolph von Freenthal: „Kalkmalerei in Fresko“ and „quadri riportati“

Excursions to Mikulov and Kroměříž, April 28-29, 2022

by: Michaela Šeferisová Loudová
photos: Martin Mádl

Two important works of the Baroque painting in Moravia located in Mikulov (Nikolsburg) and in Kroměříž (Kremsier) are under restoration. The ceiling paintings depicting scenes from the St John the Baptist legend in the church of the Piarists in Mikulov were created by Franz Anton Maulbertsch (1724–1796) around 1757.

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Baroque Ceiling Painting: Theory and Praxis

Call for Papers

Baroque Ceiling Painting: Theory & Praxis

Czech Republic, Litomyšl, October 20–22, 2022

The Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno and the Studio of Wall Painting Restoration of the Faculty of Restoration, University of Pardubice, are preparing an international scientific Conference devoted to the problems of art theory and practice in the field of wall and ceiling painting of the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe. The Conference is organized within the frame of the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe (BCPCE), with the support of the Czech Academy of Sciences, program Strategy AV21: Cultural Heritage as Part of European and Global Discourse.

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BCPCE against Putin’s Aggression in Ukraine

Under the impression of a disturbing report and based on unfortunate historical experience, The Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe, an association of experts and professional institutions from Europe and the United States, dedicated to the study of monumental painting of the early modern period, strongly condemns the unjustifiable military aggression of the Putin regime and its army against Ukraine, during which civilians, including women and children, are being murdered and hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have already been forced to flee their homes. We oppose the unacceptable invasion of the territory of a free state, which is a flagrant violation of international law and a drastic violation of basic human rights.  Last but not least, we condemn this aggression by Putin’s Russia as a real and already implemented threat to the values of the world’s cultural heritage, to which Ukrainian cultural property undoubtedly belongs. We call for a halt to Russia’s barbaric war campaign and for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine!

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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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The Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe