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Long-Term Research Fellowships at the Getty Research Institute
Alexa Sekyra, Getty Research Institute

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Drawing and the Senses: An Early Modern History (Book)
Title: Drawing and the Senses: An Early Modern History
Author: Caroline Fowler
Editor: N/A
Abstract: Leon Battista Alberti wrote in De pictura (1435) that painting is divine because, as they say of friendship, a painting lets the absent be present. Absence and Presence in Early-Modern Drawing Pedagogy examines this relationship between absent and present objects and subjects in early-modern artistic pedagogy. This book studies the intersections among artistic treatises, natural philosophy and theology from 1400-1700, arguing that drawing pedagogy sought to teach the painting of histories that stimulated in the viewer the sensation of being present before the historical moment, the person, the still life. The manifestation of presence remained not only in the sensation of sight but also in all the sensory perceptions of touch, taste, smell, and the sixth sense of sensing the experience of existence. This book demonstrates the pedagogical means by which artists sought to teach the simulation of presence (and the sensorial perception of absence).
Year: 2016
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: This URL links to the updated book citation in OCLC WorldCat.
Publisher: Brepols Publishers
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 1909400394
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes

The Printed Eye and Impressions of Sense (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: The Printed Eye and Impressions of Sense
Author: Caroline Fowler
Abstract: Event Description: The 62nd annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America was held in Boston, MA, March 31–April 2, 2016. The meeting/conference featured ca. 680 sessions and 2,300 participants. Conference Panel: "Printed Drawing Books"; presentation abstract pending.
Date: 03/31/2016
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: This URL links to a PDF of the Conference program, which lists all of the 680 panel sessions with presenters and presentation topics.
Conference Name: 2016 Renaissance Studies of America Conference, Boston, MA

Raphael’s Apostles and Portraiture in the Eighteenth Century (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Raphael’s Apostles and Portraiture in the Eighteenth Century
Author: Caroline Fowler
Abstract: Symposium Abstract: This two-day international symposium was inspired by the important collections of British portraits at the Huntington Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, and by an upsurge of scholarly interest in the interactive nature of portraiture—both in its intrinsic character and as a curatorial construct. Portraiture implies an interaction between the sitter and the spectator. It often rehearses an interaction between two or more protagonists and regularly focuses on the interaction between the person(s) represented, and his/her or their surroundings. The same portrait, or portraits of the same sitter, can also find themselves interacting with each other across different media—paint, print sculpture, and more. Furthermore, curators are continually thinking about the ways in which the portraits they display—and the individuals these pictures portray—relate with each other across and around a gallery. This symposium, was jointly organized by the Yale Center for British Art, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Date: 12/11/2015
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: This URL links to the symposium program, which provides a full description of the symposium with roster of presenters and presentation titles.
Conference Name: "Portraiture as Interaction: The Spaces and Interfaces of the British Portrait"; The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Primitivism (Article)
Title: Primitivism
Author: Basu, Priyanka
Abstract: Primitivism in modern art designates a range of practices and accompanying modes of thought that span the period from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, and cut across artistic styles and groups. This encyclopedia entry presents instances of Primitivism that are representative of its features from this period.
Year: 2016
Primary URL:,
Primary URL Description: Online encyclopedia article, digital access URL.
Access Model: Open
Format: Other
Publisher: Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism [Online]

‘Primitive’ Ornament and Physiological Aesthetics in August Schmarsow’s Art History (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: ‘Primitive’ Ornament and Physiological Aesthetics in August Schmarsow’s Art History
Author: Basu, Priyanka
Abstract: This presentation focused on works by German art historian August Schmarsow, in which physiological aesthetics came together with research in ‘primitive’ art. In these writings Schmarsow intervenes in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century German-speaking discourse on the “beginnings" of art and ornament, in which an interdisciplinary group of theorists examined recently discovered ‘primitive’ forms. The presentation discussed Schmarsow’s work in relationship to turn-of-the-century art theory, perceptual psychology, and ethnology.
Date: 4/8/2016
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: URL link to the full conference description and detail.
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Secondary URL Description: URL link to the session and formal presentation abstract.
Conference Name: AAH2016 Annual Conference and Art Book Fair

The Locus of the Zamindar’s Sovereignty (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: The Locus of the Zamindar’s Sovereignty
Author: Chowdhury, Zirwat
Abstract: This presentation discussed the aesthetic function of silence in the topographical drawings that British painter, William Hodges, produced in and around Banaras, during his travels there amidst conflicts between the East India Company and the Raja of Banaras, Chait Singh.
Date: 11/11/2017
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: URL link to 2017 conference web page, which has a Word/PDF link to the 2016 conference sessions.
Conference Name: Interdisciplinary Conference for Scholars of British Studies

The Incommunicative Image (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: The Incommunicative Image
Abstract: This lecture discussed the politics of history painting in 18th-century Britain. It examined the challenges that British artists faced in representing “friendship” (as conversation) in the wake of Britain’s military conquests in India, particularly considering the importance given to painting for its ability to cultivate sympathy among viewers.
Author: Chowdhury, Zirwat
Date: 12/12/2016
Location: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Primary URL: N/A

Peas, Rupees, and the Currency of East Indian Commerce in 1788 (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Peas, Rupees, and the Currency of East Indian Commerce in 1788
Abstract: This talk examined an etching by artist Joshua Kirby Baldrey that he circulated in London (and beyond) in 1788, during the impeachment of Warren Hastings, Governor General of the East India Company. It examined how Baldrey's print crucially sounded both the popular early modern print genre of "Cries" and contemporaneous debates about "specie" in order to illuminate the changing nature of commerce under colonialism.
Author: Chowdhury, Zirwat
Date: 2/24/2017
Location: University of Claifornia, Irvine
Primary URL: N/A

Colonial Panoramas (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Colonial Panoramas
Author: Chowdhury, Zirwat
Abstract: This guest lecture presented to students in a UCLA course on “Art and Empire,” taught by professor Saloni Mathur, focused on the history of panoramas and their relationship to empire.
Date: 10/6/2016
Primary URL: N/A