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CONF: WerkStattWissen – The Work of Art (Bern, 31 May – 2 Jun 17)

The Work of Art – Material and Technology in Sources and Workshop Practice

irene painting a diptych of christ
Irene painting a diptych (of Christ?).

The variety of traditional sources poses a challenge to accessing practical knowledge in historical workshops. Texts and pictorial representations provide information on the production of materials and art works, but are not always reliable. What was their audience and purpose? Does the source result from hands-on experience, does it simply recapitulate older information or leave out essential details in order to preserve valuable workshop secrets?

From 31 May to 2 June 2017, the international conference “WerkStattWissen – The Work of Art” as part of the SNSF project “New Approaches to Art Technological Resources” sets out to evaluate a wide array of art technological sources. The conference consists of three panels examining historical texts and illustrations with regard to their reception and their application for restoration.

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Lecture Series: Ringvorlesung: Kunst und Technik (Berlin, May-Jul 17)

Palazzo Massimo Istoriato, a fading palace facade in Rome by Polidoro da Caravaggio and Maturino da Firenze, 1523.
Palazzo Massimo Istoriato: a fading palace facade in Rome by Polidoro da Caravaggio and Maturino da Firenze, 1523.

Berlin, Technische Universität, 03.05. – 05.07.2017

Oberflächlichkeiten. Bedeutung, Material, Technologie und Erhaltung
historischer Architekturoberflächen
Vortragsreihe im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung Kunst und Technik

Konzeption und Organisation: Andreas Huth

Die äußere Erscheinung und die Wirkung von Architektur werden nicht nur vom verwendeten Material, sondern auch von dessen Be- und Verarbeitung bestimmt: Die Gestaltung der Oberfläche kann das Material der konstruktiven wie der schmückenden Glieder eines Baus herausstellen und mit Bedeutung aufladen, es vergessen lassen oder verdecken. Die im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung stattfindenden Vorträge führen in zum Teil wenig beachtete historische Techniken, ihre Ausführung, Materialien und Werkzeuge ein und vertiefen anhand konkreter Objekte Fragen der Funktion und Bedeutung der Oberflächengestaltung in der Architektur allgemein. Hierbei finden notwendigerweise auch Aspekte der Konservierung und Restaurierung Berücksichtigung, denn die Architekturoberfläche gehört als Kontaktzone zum Außenraum zu den sensibelsten Bereichen eines Bauwerk.



Publication News: Giotto and the Flood of Florence in 1333

128119Giotto and the Flood of Florence in 1333 : A Study in Catastrophism, Guild Organisation, and Art Technology by Erling S. Skaug

Giotto di Bondone was the key figure in the transition from medieval to modern in European painting. It is well known that he, on 12 April 1334, was appointed architect of the cathedral of Florence, and that he made a design for the campanile. But it has never been explained why he was offered that task, and at that particular point of time. Was it just an honorary position for the aging artist, shortly before his death? Or was his actual commission to organise the rebuilding of vital parts of the city after the disastrous flood of 4 November 1333 – the worst catastrophe of its kind until the one in 1966? By this angle of approach, based upon the textual evidence of the nomination, it becomes possible to put together several pieces of a puzzle that makes up an entirely new picture of a moment in the history of Florencee. Elements as different as Giotto’s stay at the French court in Naples, the introduction of punched decoration in Florentine painting, the dating of some of his problematic altarpieces, the Florentine painters’ place int he city’s gild structure as shown by their formal titles, and a perhaps surprising glimpse into Giotto’s workshop in its late period can all be shown to be causally connected.