Oeuvromania in the Age of Reason

Join us for the Safra Colloquy Keynote Lecture presented by Antoinette Friedenthal, independent scholar, Potsdam, Germany

Thursday, May 4
1:00–2:00 p.m. (updated time)
West Building Lecture Hall and Virtual

The catalogue raisonné of the 18th century grew on the medium of prints. As multiples, these enabled collectors to assemble an artist’s oeuvre, an activity which fired their demand for information. The catalogue raisonné responded to this demand. Its best specimens combined commercially relevant expertise with professional know-how and sometimes even entertainment. Social and economic constellations shaped the making of the catalogue raisonné—which remains one of the most successful genres of art historical literature until today.
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Antoinette Friedenthal
Dr. Antoinette Friedenthal studied in Heidelberg, Berlin, and London before becoming research assistant at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome and then research scholar at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Now an independent art historian, she researches the image and self-portraits of artists, as well as the history and function of the catalogue raisonné, a topic on which she has published widely. With the Éditions du Louvre / El Viso she is about to bring out a volume of letters by Jean and Pierre Jean Mariette: “La fureur de la curiosité m’emporte.” Les Mariette et le Prince Eugène de Savoie. Lettres d’un voyage à travers l’Europe, 1717–1719.


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