Fifth Early Modern Symposium at the Courtauld Institute of Art

Work in Progress: Bringing Art into Being in the Early Modern Period
Fifth Early Modern Symposium

09.30 – 18.00, Saturday 26 October 2013
(with registration from 09.00)
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Complex narratives spanning months, years or even decades exist behind the single bracketed date attached to artworks to indicate their moment of execution or completion. This one-day symposium will explore the ‘ante-natal’ development of early modern art from its conception to its ‘quickening’ and eventual birth. The process fascinated contemporary theorists and continues to raise questions for modern art historians. For example, when was an artistic project considered finished or unfinished? What terms were used to indicate the various stages of bringing an artwork into being, and what implications did these terms have for authorship and authenticity? The creation of art is not the work of a moment or achieved at a single stroke; it involves a series of transpositions from idea to study or plan, from sketch to painting, from plan to building and so on. How did early modern art reflect on the process of its own making?

Organised by Anya Matthews and Giulia Martina Weston (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: £16 (£11 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions)
BOOK ONLINE: http://courtauld-institute.digitalmuseum.co.uk

Or send a cheque made payable to ‘The Courtauld Institute of Art’ to:

Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating ‘Fifth Early Modern Symposium’.

For further information, email ResearchForumEvents [at]courtauld.ac.uk

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