History seminars at the IHR
Collecting & Display (100BC to AD1700)
Convenors: Dr Andrea Galdy, Susan Bracken, Adriana Turpin
Venue: Room SH243, 2nd floor, South block, Senate House
Time: Monday, 6.00pm
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For public leisure (with a private benefit). Art on display in the hotel Spitzer in Paris
Dr. Paola Cordera (Professor of History of Art at the Politecnico of Milan)
Her research has evolved from a multidisciplinary background developed through various research projects in the field of museums and cultural heritage. These have spanned Medieval and Renaissance art, architecture and decorative arts and their revivals and collections in 19th and 20th century.
Frédéric Spitzer and his Parisian museum were the subject of her PhD thesis (Politecnico of Milano and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne).
The marchand-amateur Frédéric Spitzer (1816-1890) was listed amongst the prominent collectors of Medieval and Renaissance art in nineteenth-century Paris. His outstanding collection – known as the Musée Spitzer – was unanimously considered to be the model of nineteenth-century collecting focused on constructing a residence in which complete stylistic harmony existed between the architectural details, furnishings and the arrangement of the collection. Although Spitzer’s method of collecting and display in period rooms was abandoned at the end of nineteenth century, it profoundly influenced museums in Europe and private collections in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Princesse de Lamballe
Sophie North (MA)
After a career in the newspaper business, including the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times, Sophie completed a Master's degree at the University of Buckingham (in association with the Wallace Collection) in 2014. Her dissertation presented original archival research on the Princesse de Lamballe and her interiors. Her areas of current research include Louis XIV's cabinet de curiosités and the Marchands Merciers.
This paper is an attempt to explore the taste in decorative arts of the Princesse de Lamballe in the late 18th century. Her life and tragic death have fascinated generations of historians and biographers, but surprisingly no academic study on her interiors and taste for the decorative arts has ever been carried out. The paper will seek to demonstrate that the Princesse de Lamballe was a follower of the changing fashions in the decorative arts in her public life and in her private life had much simpler tastes.
Venue: Room SH246, 2nd floor, South block, Senate House