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Johan Zoffany and his International Contexts

A conference addressing Zoffany's art in the context of four locations central to his practice: Germany, England, Italy, and India.


The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, will be co-hosting a conference on Monday 14 May 2012 to accompany a major exhibition on the eighteenth-century Anglo-British artist Johan Zoffany (1733-1810). The exhibition, Johan Zoffany RA. Society Observed, is curated by Martin Postle (Paul Mellon Centre) with Gillian Forrester (Yale Center for British Art), and MaryAnne Stevens (Royal Academy), is being held at the Royal Academy of Arts from 10 March to 10 June 2012.

Born in Frankfurt in 1733, Johan Zoffany trained as an artist in Germany and Italy. In 1760 he moved to London, where he adapted brilliantly to the indigenous art culture and patterns of patronage, creating virtuoso portraits and subject pictures that proved to be highly desirable to a wide range of patrons. Of all the major artists working in eighteenth-century England, none explored more inventively the complexities of Georgian society and British imperial rule than Zoffany. Yet, despite achieving considerable success there, he remained in many ways an outsider, looking dispassionately at British society. Resisting complete integration into his adopted country, Zoffany travelled for extended periods in Europe and spent six years in northern India. His body of work offers unique perspectives on key British and European institutions, including the art academy, the royal court, the theatre, and the families of the aristocracy and bourgeoisie. In India, Zoffany constructed new idioms for portraying the emerging colonial society in both public and private spheres, as well providing a nuanced account of the complex network of power relations, race, and culture at a critical moment in British imperial history.

The conference aims to address Zoffany's art in the context of four locations that were central to his practice: Germany, England, Italy, and India.

The full programme can be found at http://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/10/


Speaker(s):

Dr Martin Postle | talks
Craig Hanson | talks
Helen McCormack | talks
Steffen Egle | talks
Kate Roach | talks
Anna Maria Massari | talks
Kenneth Bendiner | talks
Richard Leppert | talks
William Pressly | talks

 

Date and Time:

14 May 2012 at 9:00 am

Duration:

Full Day

 

Venue:

Geological Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London
W1J 0BG


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Organised by:

Royal Academy of Arts
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Tickets:

£40/£20 reductions

Available from:

To register for the conference, check availability with Ella Fleming at the The Paul Mellon Centre. Email: events@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk Tel: 020 7580 0311 Fax: 020 7636 6730.

Additional Information:

Ticketing:

The full booking fee, including coffee, lunch, tea and a post conference reception is £40; Student and Senior Citizen concessions are £20. To register for the conference check availability with Ella Fleming at the The Paul Mellon Centre. Email: events@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk Tel: 020 7580 0311 Fax: 020 7636 6730. Once a place is confirmed please send a cheque made payable to the Paul Mellon Centre to 16 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3JA, including a self addressed stamped envelope.

Refund and Cancellation Policy:
Refunds are only available if a week’s notice is given prior to the event.

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