Category Archives: BCPCE Conferences, Colloquia & Workshops

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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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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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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Connecting across Europe? Ceiling Painting and Interior Design in the Courts of Europe around 1700

English version below ⇒

Eine gemeinsame europäische Sprache? Deckenmalerei und Raumkünste an den europäischen Höfen um 1700

13. 9. – 15. 9. 2018, Hannover-Herrenhausen

Program: Conntectin Accros Europe 2018

Eine Tagung
des  Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland (CbDD) von Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München und Bayerischer Akademie der Wissenschaften in Kooperation mit
der Landeshauptstadt Hannover, Herrenhäuser Gärten,
dem Institut für Kunst- und Musikhistorische Forschungen (IKM), Abteilung Kunstgeschichte, der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe (BCPE).

Deckenmalerei als Medium höfischer Selbstdarstellung um 1700

Das Corpus der barocken Wand- und Deckenmalerei betrachtet Wand- und Deckenmalerei als ein Medium. Im höfischen Kontext dienen beide den Landesherren ebenso wie beispielsweise Architektur oder Raumausstattung zur Selbstdarstellung gegenüber Standesgenossen.

Um 1700 ist in der Selbstdarstellung europäischer Höfe vor allem nördlich der Alpen ein formaler und inhaltlicher Wandel festzustellen. Im Bereich der Deckenmalerei etwa fällt auf, dass die Decke nun oft nicht mehr in einzelne Felder unterteilt, sondern in ihrer Gesamtheit mit einem Gemälde versehen wird. Das einzelne große Gemälde wird raumbeherrschend. Eine freie Monumentalität, große Maßstäbe und ein neuer Illusionismus werden wichtig. Die Kunst der Augentäuschung als hohe Kunstfertigkeit der barocken Deckenmalerei setzt sich durch. Das Deckenbild erlangt Autonomie und als Medium folgt sie oft einer eigenen Logik. Wand und Decke können nun auch einheitlich gestaltet werden. Der Wandel ist kein rein formaler, sondern auch ein inhaltlicher: Verherrlichungen und Personifikationen etwa erfolgen im nördlichen Europa nun auf eine zuvor nicht praktizierte Art und sind oft nicht mehr allgemein dynastisch ausgerichtet, sondern auf bestimmte Personen hin orientiert.

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Baroque Parish Churches and Their Decoration: A New Field of Research

Call for Papers

Baroque Parish Churches and Their Decoration: A New Field of Research / Die barocken Pfarrkirchen und ihre Dekoration: Ein neues Feld der Forschung

International Conference
Vienna, 23–25 October, 2017

Program of the Conference Baroque Parish Churches, Vienna 2017

Poster of the Conference Baroque Parish Churches, Vienna 2017

CFP Parish Churches Vienna 2017

Baroque Parish Churches and Their Decoration: A New Field of Research

The Research Group for Baroque Ceiling Painting in Central Europe (BCPCE), the Institute for History of Art and Musicology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Region of Hradec Králové, and the Omnium Association will jointly host a symposium on the painterly decoration of parish churches of Catholic and Lutheran denominations in Vienna from the 23rd to the 25th of October, 2017. The event thus tackles a topic that has been treated rather negatively in the history of art history up until now, compared to the extensive research into the decorative programs of monasteries or pilgrimage churches. In this case, the analysis of the wall and ceiling painting – the core business of the BCPCE – only makes sense in the context of a broad historical contextualization. The general historical and churchhistorical framework must be discussed as well as theological and liturgical aspects of these churches. The period covered in this conference (1500–1800) was bracketed by confessionalism in the sixteenth century, and by the Josephine reforms in the late eighteenth century; the conference focuses on the geographic space with Central Europe largely governed by the Hapsburgs, as well as with Central Germany – that is, the essential parts of the old Holy Roman Empire.

Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer, Church of Saint Margaret, Šonov / Schönau (East Bohemia), 1727-1730

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