Papers are invited for a conference session on the subject of 'Articulating the Antique' at next year's annual conference of the Association of Art Historians in London, United Kingdom, 10th-13th April.
This session considers the relationship between painting and the arrangement of sculpture in pictorial space. What does the articulation of sculptural sources in a painting reveal about the intentions of the artist, the expectations of patrons and the general cultural situation? Such themes that might be explored include the following: the array of sculpture in religious scenes such as the baptism of Christ to communicate theological ideas; the use of relief sculpture such as sarcophagi by painters to convey abstract ideas such as sleep and death; the relationship between classical literature such as Ovid and sculptural figures in paintings; the relation between sculpture collections and figures in paintings; the creation of a tradition of articulation of the antique from the Renaissance through to Poussin, David and beyond. Papers are welcomed with subject proposals relating to art of all periods.
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