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The commission (XIIIth-XVIIth centuries): actors, contracts and productions

La commande (XIIIe-XVIIe siècle) : acteurs, contrats et productions

La committenza (XIII-XVII sec.) : attori, contratti e produzioni

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Published on Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Anastasia Giardinelli

Summary

Every piece can be studied through its commission. The conditions of pieces commission in late Middle Ages and early modern period started a long series of studies in the domain of the History of Arts. The multidisciplinary approach led by our PhD meetings brings us to enlarge the field of the study focusing on the different types of artistic production, be they painting, sculpture, architecture, music, theatre, dance, literature or philosophy. Contributions will focus on every kind of production, material or immaterial, lasting or not, preserved or not.

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Every piece can be studied through its commission. The conditions of pieces commission in late Middle Ages and early modern period started a long series of studies in the domain of the History of Arts. The multidisciplinary approach led by our PhD meetings brings us to enlarge the field of the study focusing on the different types of artistic production, be they painting, sculpture, architecture, music, theatre, dance, literature or philosophy. Contributions will focus on every kind of production, material or immaterial, lasting or not, preserved or not, and can be developed on the following research lines:

  • Actors : the reflection will focus on the role of the protagonists customers, executors and potential intermediaries.  It is necessary to investigate the nature of the customers: are they individuals or groups? Which are his/her technical skills, his/her scientific knowledge, in the aforementioned domains? In which realm does the commission take place: civil, religious or private? The social status, the education or even a certain reputation of the executor contribute to clarify this research line and are therefore worth studying. At last, are there any intermediaries between these actors? Who are they, and which is their role? Studying the relations between these actors and the networks they are in might as well be taken into consideration.
  • Contracts : Intermediaries working among the protagonists of the commissions are the core topic of this research line. We invite lecturers to investigate the very nature of the employed sources (contracts, accounting, correspondence, mandates, bills, etc). What information can these documents bring about private, religious or civil commissions? What kinds of clauses are contained in a piece contract?  It is worth enquiring into the economic relations entertained by various customers and executors. Alongside these questions about the sources, a reflection can be made on other ways to deliver the commission
  • Ways of production: it is necessary to deepen the creation and implementation processes. Do the products of the commission differ from those destined to be sold through other channels? For the sake of understanding different ways of pieces production, lectures could focus on a more technical aspect about the material ways of production. This research line is addressed to History of Techniques as well as History of Economics, since it allows investigating the material aspects evoked in the contracts (materials, suppliers, financial management).

The Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours associated with the Research Unit Transitions. Moyen Âge et première Modernité of the University of Liège and with the laboratory Trame (Textes, représentations, archéologie et mémoire de l'Antiquité à la Renaissance) of the University of Picardy is organizing PhD international meetings in three sessions. The first meetings Transition(s) : concept, méthodes et études de cas (XIVe-XVIIe s.), will be held in Liège on 30th and 31st of January 2018. The second session Quel lieu choisir ? Implantation, représentation et mention de l'édifice et de l'objet (XIe-XVIIe s.) will be held in Amiens, on 29th and 30th of May. The third session of these meetings will be hosted by the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance on 10th and 11th of July 2018 on the topic : « The commission (XIIIth-XVIIth centuries) : actors, contracts and productions »

Submission Guidelines

The lectures, about twenty minutes each, fall under various disciplinary fields: History, History of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and Musicology. They will mostly concern the West in the late Middle Ages and the early modern period. Lectures can be delivered in English, French or Italian and will be lately published.

The lecture drafts, coming from PhD students or young PhDs, must be sent before the deadline, set on

20th of February 2018

(lafont_marie@outlook.com ; manon.gac@gmail.com) and must contain an abstract up to 200 words. In the e-mail, we kindly ask you to point out the topic of your thesis as well as introduce yourself in a few lines.

The Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance will be pleased to have you for lunch in both the meeting days. However, accommodation and transport will be at your charge.

Places

  • Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance - 59 rue Néricault Destouches
    Tours, France (37)

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Keywords

  • commande, Moyen Âge, époque moderne, commanditaire, artiste, oeuvre, production, contrat

Contact(s)

  • Marie Lafont
    courriel : lafont_marie [at] outlook [dot] com

Information source

  • Marie Lafont
    courriel : lafont_marie [at] outlook [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« The commission (XIIIth-XVIIth centuries): actors, contracts and productions », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, January 18, 2018, https://calenda.org/429383

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