Printing Colour 1700–1830: Discoveries, Rediscoveries and Innovations

28 June 2017 | The Hague

An interdisciplinary conference on the materials, techniques, and uses of colour printing in the West. Following the publication of Printing Colour 1400-1700, the first handbook of early modern colour printmaking before 1700 (by Ad Stijnman and Elizabeth Savage), this conference will be the first interdisciplinary assessment of Western colour printmaking in the ‘long eighteenth century’, 1700–1830. The two-day conference at Senate House (10-11 April 2018) will be followed by object sessions in London institutions including the British Library, British Museum, Senate House Library, V&A and Wellcome Collection (12 April 2018). 

Keynote speaker: Dr Margaret Morgan Grasselli (National Gallery of Art, Washington)
Convenors: Dr Elizabeth Savage (University of London) & Dr Ad Stijnman (Leiden University)

Abstracts for papers or posters are encouraged from historians of all kinds of printed materials (including historians of art, books, botany, design, fashion, meteorology, music and science), conservators, curators, rare book librarians, practising printers and printmakers, and historians of collecting. Registration fee will be waived for speakers and poster presenters, transport and accommodation also offered to speakers. Please submit abstracts by 1 October 2017, see form.

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19 June 2017 | Paris

Formerly the international head of OMD at Christie’s in Paris (see the news item on Stijn Alsteens, below), Benjamin Peronnet has embarked upon a new career as a dealer in Old Master Drawings in Paris: Benjamin Peronnet Fine Art. He will also act as an expert for auction houses and his first experience in that field will be a great collection of Swiss drawings, mainly designs for stained glass windows, which will be sold next December at Drouot in Paris. Peronnet will show highlights from that collection in London, at Shapero Rare Books in London during the London Art Week (1-5 July next).

See also Peronnet’s new website.

1 May 2017 | The Hague

Effective 1 September 2017 dr. Yvonne Bleyerveld has been appointed senior curator of drawings and prints in the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD). She will be the successor to Erik Löffler, who died last year. Sad as we still are by the demise of our dear friend and colleague Erik, we are very pleased by the news that Yvonne will be taking over from him. She is a renowned specialist in the field of OMD and OMP, as well as member of the editorial board of Delineavit et Sculpsit, and therefore ideally suited for the job. During the last years she has been working free-lance, especially on collection catalogues of main collections of OMD in our country (a.o. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Teylers Museum).

For more information, see the website of the RKD (in Dutch) and the Codart website (in English)

31 October 2016 | New York

After ten full years as curator of OMD in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Belgian art historian Stijn Alsteens will be the international head of the department of OMD at Christie’s, effective 1 December. He is moving back to Paris, where he was previously a curator of the Fondation Custodia (Frits Lugt Collection). Alsteens takes over from Benjamin Peronnet who has decided to leave Christie’s after 11 years with the company.

See Christie’s press release.

1 August 2016 | Los Angeles

Dr Julian Brooks, a curator of Old Master drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum since 2004, succeeds Dr Lee Hendrix, who retired at the end of June following a 32-year career at the Getty. For more information, see the museum’s announcement.