Art and Power: Patronage and Politics in Europe from the Old Regime to the Present

Friday, February 23, 2018

9:00 am

Stanford Humanities Center

Sponsored by:
The Europe Center, Freeman Spogli Institute, Department of French and Italian, and Stanford Humanities Center

Introduction: 9am (Dan Edelstein)

Panel 1: Representations of Power in the Old Regime (9:15-10:45am)

  • Sarah Grandin (Harvard University), “’To Preserve and Augment’: Printing the Cabinet du Roi, 1670”
  • Chandra Mukerji (UCSD), “Meaning vs. Imagination in the Art of the Sun King: Sculpture, themes, and political possibility”
  • Gerardo Tocchini (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice), “The Aristocratic Romance: Greuze’s ‘Bourgeois’ Scenes”

Panel 2: Patronage, Circulation, and Institutions (11am-12:30pm)

  • Rahul Markovits (École Normale Supérieure), “Actors of soft power: French theatre and the paradoxes of cultural grandeur in eighteenth-century Europe”
  • Audrey Calefas-Strebelle (Mills College), “Turkish and French delights: From Turkish origin to French manufacture, the circulation of artefacts and savoir faire in French-Ottoman cultural diplomacy”
  • Andrei Pesic (Stanford), “Patronage on the Cheap: Monopolies and Enlightenment Cultural Markets”

Art and Power Today: France’s Cultural Policy. Presentation and Discussion (2-3:00pm)

  • Bénédicte de Montlaur (French Embassy in the U.S.) in conversation with Matthew Tiews (Stanford Arts Initiative)

Panel 3: After the Revolution: Rethinking Art and Power in the New Regime (3:15-4:45pm)

  • Robert Morrissey (University of Chicago), “Enlightenment and Liminality: Mme de Staël, Victim as Arbiter of Taste and Glory”
  • Anne Higonnet (Barnard College), “Sumptuary law failure, fashion magazine success”
  • Heather Hadlock (Stanford), “Verdi’s Aida from Italian tourist to French resident: Paris, 1876-1880”
Friday, February 23, 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Stanford Humanities Center

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP


Arts Lecture / Reading Humanities 

General Public