Conferences & Workshops 2010-2006


Conference Session at the Society for Renaissance Studies National Conference, York, July 2010

William Stenhouse (Yeshiva University, NY): 

Private and Public Collections in Excavation Records of the Late Renaissance

Roy Halstead (Museo Bellini, Florence):

From a Private Collection to a Public Museum: the Display of Renaissance Art in the Museo Bellini, Florence

Adriana Turpin (IESA, Paris & Collecting & Display):  

The Historical Creation of the Renaissance Interior: the Collecting and Display of Furniture in the 19th century


Collecting East & West

The British Institute of Florence and Florence University of the Arts

25 – 29 June 2009


Women Collectors

Institute of Historical Research, University of London

8 July 2008


10 to 10.30 welcome and introduction to the conference

10.30 to 12.00 Cordula van Wyhe, Devotional objects in the collection of Marie de’Medicis, queen mother of France

Joanna Marschner, Caroline of Ansbach: the queen, collecting, and connoisseurship at the early Georgian court

2.00 to 3.30pm Joy Kearney, Agnes Block, a collector of plants and curiosities in the Dutch Golden Age

Christopher Rowell, Elizabeth Murray, second Countess of Dysart (1626-1698)

Orsolya Bubryák, Elizabeth Rákóczi (1654-1707)

4.00 to 5.30 Heike Zech, The Princely Mother as Collector (Holy Roman Empire)

Antonio Aymonino: Elizabeth Seymour Percy (1716-1776)

5.30 to 6.00 pm general discussion


Collecting & the Princely Apartment

Abtei Ottobeuren

13 to 17 July 2007

Interesting though the building of collections, the hunt for specific objects, and the fate of the successful or ruined collector are in their own right, the issue of display must not be forgotten. In fact, a specific form of display was often seen as vital for the enjoyment and understanding of the exhibits. In some cases the same importance was given to developing an appropriate form of display as to gaining ownership of desirable objects.

This conference means to go one step further, considering the role of princely apartments through the centuries as part of a complex system of living and storage space within residences. We invite papers considering any aspect of the history and structure of the apartment, of the display of collection objects within and outside the apartment, the connection of the apartment to other localities of a residence, of furniture and decoration forming part of collections or serving to enhance the display of collections.

Our conference was sponsored by a grant from the Henry Moore Foundation.


Saturday 14 July 2007

10 to 11am introduction and guided tour (Prof dr Ulrich Faust OSB)

11.30 to 1pm

Andrea Gáldy, Collecting & Display in the apartments of the Medici Ducal Palace in the sixteenth century

Lisa Kirch, Oh and S at Neuburg

Christopher Rowell, The Green Closet/(Long Gallery) at Ham to its ‘lost’ equivalents abroad

2.30 to 4

Joy Kearney, Melchior de Hondecoeter, Jan Weenix and royal taste and patronage

Stéphane Castelluccio, Les collections d’objets d’art du Chancelier Séguier et de son épouse (1672, 1683). Le goût de deux grands amateurs du règne de Louis XIV.

4.15 to 5

Andrew Moore, Thomas Coke’s European tour: the princely apartments of Rome, 1712-1718

General discussion

 7.30 to 10.00 Concert in the Emperor’s Hall for those who wish to attend 

Sunday 15 July 2007

High Mass in the Basilica for those who wish to attend

11 to 12.30 pm

Alden Gordon, Achieving comfort and privacy without sacrificing status: the decoration and pictures in apartements privées versus apartements d’apparat

Angela M. Opel, Art’s Emancipation from the Ceremonial. The development of spatial separation of art collections from the princely apartments: the Wittelsbach residences in Düsseldorf and Mannheim

2 to 3.30

Gero Seelig, Schwerin Castle and its collections around the middle of the eighteenth century

Virginie Spenle, Painting and Sculpture Galleries in the German state apartments at the beginning of the eighteenth century

Volker Heenes, The Erbach collection of vases and antiquities

4 to 5 respondent(s) and general discussion

Monday 16 July    

Morning free, afternoon excursion to the Fugger Castle in Kirchheim and Baroque Museum Ochsenhausen

Tuesday 17 july    

Excursion to the Munich Residence; conference finishes at lunchtime


Dynastic Ambition

14 July 2006

While the collecting of rare and precious objects meant to attest to the wealth, taste, and education of their owner, such collectibles were also used through the ages to further political and dynastic ambitions. Lucullus and the julio-claudian emperors are famous examples from antiquity. During the renaissance the medici managed to rise from their bourgeois origins through successful cultural politics in conjunction with more conventional means. Many of the leading european families, even those richer and more powerful than the medici, tried to emulate their example.

The one-day workshop will explore several examples of successful collecting and its uses from antiquity to the age of enlightenment.

Our workshop is sponsored by a grant from the Henry Moore Foundation.

10.00 to 10.30 welcome and introduction to the workshop

10.30 to 11.30 Elizabeth Macaulay (St. John’s College, Oxford): Display of Victory : gardens, generals, and political ambition in late Republican and early Imperial Rome 

Dr William Stenhouse (Yeshiva College, New York): Learned advisors and the advertisement of collections in the late Renaissance

11.40 to 1.00 Esther Münzberg (International Max Planck Research School): Art and nature in contest: sculpture at the Dresden Electoral Court ca. 1600 

Prof Dr Luc Duerloo (University of Antwerp): Rudolph’s heirs 

Dr Stephanie Walker (The Bard Graduate Center, Villa i Tatti): A Royal pretender in Rome: Livio Odescalchi and Cristina of Sweden

2.30 to 3.30 Dominique Bouchard (Lincoln College, Oxford): Collecting, display, and dynastic ambition in Naples and Cosenza (1480 – 1680) 

Dr Mary Ruvoldt (Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Masters Program) : Michelangelo in Multiple

4.00 to 5.00 Dr Elizabeth Goldring (AHRC Centre for the Study of Renaissance Elites and Court Cultures, University of Warwick): The politics of Elizabethan collecting: the Earl of Leicester and the display of paintings at Wanstead 

Helen Hughes (Head of Historic Interiors Research & Conservation, English Heritage): Collections display at the Little Castle, Bolsover

5.00 to 5.45 general discussion