A publication on roman painted ceilings

Alix Barbet : Coupoles, voûtes et plafonds peints d’époque romaine. Ier-IVe siècle apr. J.-C., Paris, Hermann, Paris, 2021.

ISBN : 9791037006806
Dimensions : 23.1 x 28.7 cm
Pages : 350
Prix : 64,00 €

The book is available on CAIRN : https://www.cairn.info/coupoles-voutes-et-plafonds-peints-d-epoque-romain–9791037006806.htm

The study of the domes, vaults and painted ceilings of the Roman Empire is an undertaking that takes us from present-day Great Britain to the borders of ancient Mesopotamia, via the countries of Eastern Europe, not forgetting North Africa, as far as Libya and Egypt. More than four hundred decors are studied and photographed, some of which have disappeared, been destroyed or stolen. Of the two hundred and seventy-two sites from which these paintings come, sixty are from Gaul, thus almost a quarter of the sites illustrated with a perspective of Gaul in the space of the Roman world.

We are trying to classify these paintings, which at first imitate the wooden or stone caissons that preceded them, then the draperies, before inventing very varied decorative schemes, close to certain mosaic pavements. Flowerbeds are obviously abundant in the tombs, where they remind us of the annual rose festival dedicated to the deceased. An emperor like Nero added gold to the vaults of his palace, rightly called the Domus Aurea, which inspired Renaissance painters when it was discovered. The link between the past and the present can be read through this investigation.

(translation of the french presentation on the website of the publisher).


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Publication :”Das Schloss als Zeichen des Aufstiegs”

Das Schloss als Zeichen des Aufstiegs

Die Ausstattung von Vaux-le-Vicomte im Kontext repräsentativer Strategien des neuen Adels im französischen 17. Jahrhundert

Höfische Kultur interdisziplinär (HKI) – Schriften und Materialien des Rudolstädter Arbeitskreises zur Residenzkultur

Der 1661 beginnenden Alleinherrschaft König Ludwigs XIV. ging in Frankreich eine Phase intensiver baulicher Aktivität in Kreisen aufgestiegener Staats- und Finanzeliten voraus. Zu den wichtigsten der insbesondere im Pariser Umland entstandenen Anwesen zählt das für Nicolas Fouquet erbaute Schloss von Vaux-le-Vicomte, welches hier als Fallstudie für die Wechselwirkung zwischen sozialer Mobilität und Kunst dient. Der Band nimmt die unter der Federführung von Charles Le Brun zwischen 1657 und 1661 entstandene Ausstattung von Schloss und Garten in den Blick und stellt diese in den Kontext vergleichbarer Bau- und Ausstattungsprojekte der Zeit.

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Internationale Tagung des Akademienprojekts „Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland“ : “Barocke Deckenmalerei und die Begleitmedien der Repräsentation – Perspektiven der Produktion und Rezeption”

Deckenmalerei wird im 17. Jahrhundert in Verbindung mit der Architektur das wohl wichtigste Medium dynastischer, fürstlicher, kirchlicher Repräsentation im ganzen mitteleuropäischen Gebiet. Ihr Hauptzweck und Inhalt ist die visuelle Demonstration von Status, Macht und Geltung, aber auch von Zugehörigkeit, Geschmack und Kultiviertheit ihrer Auftraggeber. Ihr Ort ist im profanen Bereich die Residenz eines Territorialherrn: das Schloss des Fürsten, der große Saal, die Repräsentations- oder Prunkgemächer. Im sakralen Bereich dient an erster Stelle der Kirchenraum selbst als Oberfläche, der wiederum oft fein untergliedert ist.

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Article : “Georges Puchal and Marion Ortiz, “Les technologies de restitution 3D au service de la connaissance des plafonds peints médiévaux”, Patrimoines du Sud [Online], 12 | 2020”

3D modelling is of real interest in the research and dissemination of knowledge on medieval painted ceilings. Intrinsic to architecture, but also carrying rich and as yet unknown, artistic and social content, their study is complex for several reasons. Site access issues and complex structures with multiple volumes, make reading the ensembles difficult. Research work over the last thirty years has demonstrated the importance of the general organisation of decorative elements when studying symbolism. The use of digital imagery via 3D modelling makes it possible to overcome these constraints. The International Association for Research on Medieval Painted Structures and Ceilings (RCPPM) is currently exploring ways of applying 3D modelling to these objects of study.

Exhibition : “Style BREAK?! West Berlin fights over a ceiling painting” (Potsdam, Charlottenburg Palace, 15.05.22 – 31.10.22)

The exhibition on Google Arts & Culture is dedicated to the role of modernism in the process of rebuilding Charlottenburg Palace. The focus is on the contemporary ceiling painting by the painter Hann Trier (1915-1999) from 1972 in the White Hall of the New Wing. This was preceded by many years of discussion about a possible reconstruction of the Baroque ceiling painting created by the Prussian court painter Antoine Pesne (1683-1757). The exhibition makes a contribution to the reconstruction debate that has been reignited since the fall of the Wall with building projects such as the Humboldt Forum in Berlin or, most recently, the Parade Apartment in Dresden Palace. Not only the new findings from archive materials from the 1940s to the 1970s and the discovery of the large designs for the ceiling painting allow an insight into the exciting period of reconstruction, but also interviews with contemporary witnesses.

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Exhibition on Appiani reconstitutes graphic oeuvre

The important fresco painter and founder of the Mainz Art Academy Joseph Ignaz Appiani (1706 – 1785) up to now has been little known as a draughtsman. And there are considerable gaps in his biography. However, in spring 2022 with the graphic art exhibition ‘An Appiani Adventure‘ the Wallraf will finally shine light into this darkness and invite visitors on a search for clues of an art historical nature. Recently, within the Cologne Museum’s graphic collection of c. 70,000 sheets, experts discovered an important body of work by Appiani that had until then been attributed to other artists. With this previously unknown treasure the Wallraf will for the first time pay extensive tribute to the Rococo artist as a draughtsman.

Call for Paper : “Les intérieurs historiques et le numérique – possibilités et limites des reconstructions virtuelles pour la recherche” (Paris, Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art Paris, 17 novembre 2022 ; château de Versailles, 18 novembre 2022)

La reconstruction virtuelle d’intérieurs historiques – de l’architecture en passant par la décoration murale et le mobilier jusqu’aux textiles – est un instrument de médiation culturelle qui a fait ses preuves ces dernières années, en particulier dans le monde des musées et des expositions, mais aussi dans les monuments historiques et en archéologie. Depuis une période récente, cet outil est en outre utilisé spécifiquement par la recherche en histoire et en histoire de l’art pour l’étude des intérieurs historiques. Les questions de proportions spatiales ou encore les unités architectoniques fondamentales sont ici au premier plan, l’accent étant souvent mis sur la possibilité de visiter virtuellement ces espaces, soit sur un écran 2D, soit avec un casque immersif.

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Call for Paper: “Baroque Ceiling Painting: Theory & Praxis”

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.


Thematic headings

Baroque Ceiling Painting Gets Social and Cultural | social status of the artist, functioning of a workshop, artistic apprenticeship, artist & client, reception of ceiling paintings

II Materiality of the Image | historical materials, techniques and technologies in early modern treatises and monumental paintings

III Norm & Form | formal aspects of ceiling paintings in context of the artistic practice, designs, process, perspective, decoration, projection, colorit, anatomy, models, compositions, etc.

The Conference is opened to art historians, restorers and historians of techniques focused on history of early modern monumental paintings. The proposals of the papers including the title, a short abstract (up to one page), and a short biogram of the author are welcome until April 31, 2022, to: loudova@phil.muni.cz, & madl@udu.cas.cz

Martin Mádl,
Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Michaela Šeferisová Loudová,
Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno

Jan Vojtěchovský,
Faculty of Restoration, University of Pardubice, Litomyšl

CFP in PDF: CFP_BCP_Theory_Praxis_2022

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