Stephen Bann’s Lectures on Photography on November 27
On Wednesday, November 27, Professor Stephen Bann of the University of Bristol will lecture on the principles of the photographic image. The first lecture starts at 8 am. Stephen Bann is the Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2013
8 am | AUDITORIUM MAXIMUM | 1st FLOOR
Against Photographic Exceptionalism
Did the invention of photography cause the death of painting, as proclaimed by some artists of the 19th century? Or is the very idea of the “invention” of photography a myth, setting it apart from other kinds of art and thus distorting the development of the visual arts of the period? The lecture will outline a possible approach to photography, which is seen not as an exclusive category within art history but as a natural part of “visual economy”.
3 pm | FILM HALL | 3rd FLOOR
The Inventions of History: European Historical Painting and Its French Predecessors
One of the most important elements of 19th century European painting was the “genre historique”, reaching for the subjects of the middle ages and early modern age, as opposed to the existing preference of classical and biblical themes. This tendency was first seen in France as an expression of resistance to the official line of neoclassicism and exerted a huge influence on other European painters who started dealing with themes of their national histories.
Stephen Bann (Bristol, UK)
Stephen Bann is the Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of Bristol. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998. His publications include The Clothing of Clio: A Study of the Representation of History in Nineteenth-Century Britain and France (1984), Paul Delaroche: History Painted (1997), Ways around Modernism (2007) and Distinguished Images: Prints in the Visual Economy of Nineteenth-Century France (2013). He co-curated a Paul Delaroche exhibition in the National Gallery in London; currently he prepares the exhibition “The Invention of History” in Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon.