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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
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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?: No

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
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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
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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