All posts by Michaela Seferisova Loudova

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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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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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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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

Image, Communication, Behaviour

Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Research into Cultural Phenomena in the Central European History: Image, Communication, Behaviour

by Michaela Šeferisová Loudová and Radka Nokkala Miltová, Seminar of Art History, Masaryk University in Brno

The main objective of the centre is a cross-disciplinary analysis and interpretation of mechanisms, which may explain the cultural-historical reality throughout its long duration from the Middle Ages up to the resent. The centre intends to develop a synergistic link between research teams in the cultural-historical field at universities in Brno and Olomouc, which have for some time now been prominent in their use of such approaches. In addition there is also the intention to draw on cooperation with the most important Czech Republic researchers as well as with leading experts abroad (Wroclaw, Vienna, Paris, Lausanne). In this sense the project endeavours to link up various methodological approaches with subjects in the field, which will be monitored within the particular modules: The theory and practice of cultural-historical disciplines; Image, cult, space; Imagination, image and text; Representation, places of memory. Outputs from the project will be a series of monographs, articles and a final, methodologically targeted volume, in which all the modules will be involved.

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