Harvard Department of History of Art + Architecture
New Directions in Art History Lecture Series
Aaron M. Hyman, “Print, Painting, and the Contours of the Baroque”
This talk reexamines "the Baroque” by tracking the transmission of compositions both across the global reaches of Spain’s empire and within more circumscribed northern European geographies. What emerges in the process is a period sensitivity to form and to the contours of repeatable figural units that was inculcated, it is argued, by the medium of print. The implications are two-fold. First, placing print—and with it the transmission rather than origin of pictures—at the center of this story uncovers a period sensitivity to formal syntax and pictorial recombination. And second, geographies newly embraced by art history’s global turn are shown as more than new contexts for socio-cultural inquiry, but also as having the potential for helping us rethink the discipline’s foundational categories.
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