CFP: The Artist as Collector in the Eighteenth Century

From H-ArtHist:

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Annual Conference,
Portland, Oregon, March 27-30, 2008.

The Artist as Collector in the Eighteenth Century

This session will advance the study of the history of collecting by probing issues associated with the under-explored role of artists as collectors, specifically the unique relationship between their artistic identities and their own art collections. Artists frequently amassed notable and multi-faceted collections, which have been historically overshadowed by more aristocratic collections as well as artists' own professional pursuits. Their collections functioned on both public and private levels as sources of artistic inspiration, symbols of status and taste, and pedagogic resources. Their collections asserted their aspirations, talents and predilections, and reflected the vicissitudes of the market. While the history of collecting is a well-researched (though still developing) field, the history of artist-collectors, with a few notable exceptions (e.g., Rubens), remains largely overlooked.

This panel will address issues regarding complex and often contradictory roles played by artist-collectors in the eighteenth century. Topics may include: various functions of artists' collections; artists' collections in relation to others; composition and conscious fashioning of artists' collections; use of the collection as a tool for self-promotion; artists' tastes and how they informed their collecting; rivalry among artist-collectors; use of artists' provenance in building a history of quality and taste; the public's perception and interpretation of the collection; effects of art market supply and demand; artists' attributions of works in their collections; and the role of artists' collections in the development of museums. Art, politics, economics, and social issues are among the subjects bought together in this session, making it ideal for this interdisciplinary conference. This standard-format panel will represent artists of multiple nationalities and embrace a variety of methodologies and types of collections.

Please send abstracts by September 15, 2007, to Kaylin Weber
( and Leslie Scattone (
For more details, see .

Thank you,

Leslie Scattone and Kaylin Weber


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