Title :

Collecting as canon formation : art history and the collection of drawings in early modern Italy

Author :
WARWICK, Genevieve ;
Conference :
International Congress of the History of Art (29th, 1996, Amsterdam); Memory & oblivion : proceedings of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art held in Amsterdam, 1-7 September 1996; Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers ;
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Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Examines the role of cultural memory in determining the selection of works of art for a collection. It focuses on the collection of artists' drawings by gentlemen amateurs in Rome, ca.1700, centered around the figure of Sebastiano Resta. Traditionally, drawings were collected largely by artists who used them as aids in the creation of works of art in other media. However, the early modern period witnessed the rise of a new class of collectors for the drawing, gentlemen scholars and connoisseurs. These new owners selected and arranged their drawings according to new criteria. No longer used primarily as workshop tools, drawings became vehicles for scholarly reconstructions of the development of art. By arranging their drawings within albums in historical order, these early connoisseurs used their collections to put forward art-historical arguments about the development of artistic styles. Thus, a collection like Resta's constituted the formation of a canon - a selective revision of history determined by his social and intellectual milieu. The purpose of the collection was to preserve, and to disseminate, this view of history and so to chart the future of the arts by shaping artistic memory. ;
Pagination/Size :
13 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Collection ; Collectionneurs ; Collections ; Dessin ; Histoire de l'art ; Historiographie ; Italie ; Resta, Sebastiano, 1635-1714 ; Roma (ITA) ; 1600-1700 ;
Descriptors :
Art history ; Collection ; Collections ; Collectors ; Drawing ; Historiography ; Italy ; Resta, Sebastiano, 1635-1714 ; Roma (ITA) ; 1600-1700 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975584 ;
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
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