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Tudor and Jacobean painting: production, influences and patronage

Research Conference: 2 December - 4 December 2010

From the call for papers, 13 November 2009

Tudor and Jacobean Painting: Production, Influences and Patronage, London: Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th December 2010

This conference is part of a collaborative research project between the National Portrait Gallery, the Courtauld Institute of Art and the University of Sussex, called Making Art in Tudor Britain. More information can be found at:

Panel sessions:

Session I: Material Practices in the Tudor Period (chaired by Dr. Aviva Burnstock, Courtauld Institute of Art)

Session II: Influences and Transmission: native and foreign artists (chaired by Prof. Maurice Howard, University of Sussex)

Session III: Patronage, Markets and Audiences (chaired by Dr. Tarnya Cooper, National Portrait Gallery)

We seek papers on new research and previously unpublished material in the following areas:

Session I: Tudor artists’ painting processes; panel making; sources of wood; construction and ‘trademarks’; artists’ techniques and effects; artists’ treatises and technical evidence from paintings; underdrawings and types of transfer; artists’ colors and media; Tudor and Jacobean frames; technical evidence on groups of Tudor and Jacobean paintings.

Session II: Holbein’s aftermath; native painting in England; painted ephemera such as stage sets and decorative painting; Elizabethan Ă©migrĂ© painters; the role of painter heralds; international exchange and the taste for Renaissance ornament; documentary evidence about Ă©migrĂ© artists or the processes of transmission between native and foreign artists; techniques and practices borrowed from the decorative arts; Jacobean Ă©migrĂ© painters.

Session III: Court patrons: expectations of representation; artist and patron: the commissioning process; narrative painted interiors in Tudor and Jacobean England; display spaces and presentational devices; narrative and allegorical image making in Britain; copies and versions; markets and audiences in London and the regions; evidence of patron involvement in the production of portraits.

Confirmed speakers:

Susan Foister (Director of Collections, National Gallery); Catharine MacLeod (Curator of 17th Century Portraits, National Portrait Gallery); Robert Tittler (Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, Concordia University, Montreal); Karen Hearn (Curator of 16th and 17th Century Art, Tate Britain); Ian Tyers (Dendrochronologist); Libby Sheldon (Lecturer in History of Art with Material Studies, University College London); Lucy Wrapson (Hamilton Kerr Institute).

Please send abstract of no more than 250 words by January 25th 2010
For further details please contact: Catherine Daunt, National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE,, telephone: 020 7312 6629. Delegate booking for the conference will open in May 2010.