Meaning in the Making: Visual Technologies
This seminar investigates the relationship between the meanings of an artistic object and the process by which it is made. Is the medium the message? By taking "technical art history" into account, along with new attention to materiality, we study representation as a phenomenon of production as well as conceptualization. Information about technique is often neglected in the classroom, yet scholars are collaborating with conservators and curators to understand the conditions and actions of making. We especially examine what possibilities and limitations arise in technological shifts such as that from photochemical to digital film, silverpoint to chalk drawing, tempera to oil and then acrylic paint, illuminated to printed book, and the rise of bronze sculpture. The focus is on the visual culture of early modern Europe (c. 1400-1700), but perspectives from other fields are welcome. The course is of particular interest to those thinking about becoming a curator or conservator.
HISTART Categories for Concentration Distributions: D. Europe and the U.S., 3. Early Modern.