Call for Proposals
College Art Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2014
Drawing Foundations in Early Modern Europe Sponsored by the Northern California Art Historians (NCAH), a CAA-affiliated institution
Catherine H. Lusheck, University of San Francisco Patricia L. Reilly, Swarthmore College
This panel invites papers that address the foundations of humanist drawing in early modern Europe either from the perspective of disegno as the conceptual and formal “foundation of painting,” or from the perspective of critical, art historical junctures when drawing increasingly came to be viewed as a privileged intellectual, humanist endeavor. By examining early foundational “moments” of humanist drawings from the standpoint(s) of theory, practice and/or content, this panel seeks to address and further problematize the nature, evolution and stakes of early modern drawings practice, and by extension, the relationship between drawing and other more so-called “finished” works such as painting, sculpture and architecture.
Some questions that may be addressed include: Where were the first “sites” of humanist drawings practice and under what conditions were they first manifested? What did the earliest “moments” of drawings practice look like at the juncture when drawings evolved into one of the most prized, preeminent displays of humanist intellect and ingegno? To what extent was Idea, or the conceptual foundations of drawing, critical to early Renaissance drawing, especially in the Florentine tradition, and in what ways were these conceptual foundations and their often rhetorical content incorporated into early modern drawings? And how might we problematize the relationship between paintings and graphic practice in this period given our shifting understanding of drawings’ earliest foundations and the stakes inherent in drawing as “the foundation of painting” in the Renaissance humanist tradition?
Please submit an abstract and c.v. to Catherine Lusheck (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Patricia Reilly (email@example.com) by July 1, 2013.
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