Appel aux contributions (University of Edinburgh)

Chers collègues, nous vous soumettons un nouveau appel aux contributions sur le thème du dessin, publié par l’Association of Art Historians d’Édimbourg:

Annual Conference and Bookfair, University of Edinburgh
07 – 09 April 2016
Style as History: Self-reflective moments in drawingedinburgh-old-college-law-school

Amy Concannon, Tate Britain (
Iris Wien, Institut für Kunstwissenschaften und Historische Urbanistik, Technical University Berlin (

Email paper propsals to the session convenor(s) by 9 November 2015. Download a Paper Proposal Guidelines

Since the Renaissance drawings have been inextricably linked with their authors. Drawings were thought to embody in a seemingly direct and unmediated way the artist’s pictorial thinking. They were understood as both traces of the process of artistic creation and highly idiosyncratic demonstrations of the manipulation of line, form and texture. More recently, increased attention has been paid to drawing as a discipline replete with its own tacit conventions and handed-down formulae that not only guides the learner in the acquisition of a certain facility and skill but also reveals the collective aspect of the art as a system of rule-bound notations. Concurrent with the efforts of academies to promote drawing as a universal visual language, the drawing collections of the 16th and 17th centuries and more particularly the great 18th-century cabinets, along with the ensuing publications by renowned collectors and connoisseurs, fostered an historical understanding of this art.

This session explores how artists across Europe have dealt with these developments. How have they reacted to different conceptions of stylistic formation when developing their own manner of drawing or engaging with drawing styles of the past? What kind of role has the recourse to – or rejection of – past traditions of drawing played in the construction of artists’ identities and their self-positioning within the competitive arena of contemporary draughtsmanship? This session invites papers that examine how the historicity of form is reflected in drawings from the early modern period to the present day.

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