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Marie-Stéphanie Delamaire
Winterthur Museum (Winterthur, DE 19735-1819)

Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopedia and the Color Printing Revolution: A Translation and Critical Study

Preparation of a critical study and translation into English of articles on print-making in Denis Diderot and Jean d'Alembert's Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, 1751-1772.

This project is a critical study and English translation of the three most important articles on printmaking published in Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopédie between 1755 and 1758. The articles were collaboratively written by several scholars, practitioners, and amateurs of printed images: Claude-Henri Watelet (1718-1786), Antoine Gautier de Montdorge (1701-1768), Jean-Michel Papillon (1698-1776), and Louis de Jaucourt (1704-1779). They formulated, for the first time, the aesthetic and epistemological consequences of the eighteenth-century color printing revolution: the emergence of a modern concept of art reproduction, and the notion that a printed image taught not only through its representation but also through its own material production. The translated articles will be part of the Encyclopedia of Diderot & d’Alembert Collaborative Translation Project, a free, collaborative digital humanities endeavor hosted by the University of Michigan Library.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Cultural History; History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

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Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 8/31/2017