The Parasole Family Enterprise: the View from 1600
Woodblock prints were central to the articulation of early modern knowledge. In examining the Newberry Library's illustrated Arabic Gospel, Evangelivm sanctvm Domini Nostri Iesu Christi (Romae : Typographia Medicea, 1590), I hope to involve participants in a discussion of woodblock book illustration in Rome between 1585-1650. We will focus on this and other genres of illustrated book, and the family printmaking enterprise of Leonardo and Girolama Parasole, to spark a discussion about the market for images from the points of view of the printmakers, publishers, patrons and authors whose joint industry enabled the intellectual engagements of the period.
Cut, Paste, Copy: Habsburg Cross-Cultural Craft in Vienna
This paper explores aesthetic judgment in relation to imperial craft practices in two adjoining rooms at Schloss Schönbrunn. One, the “Millionenzimmer," features sixty découpaged assemblages made by cutting up and recombining 266 Mughal miniatures. The other is lined with chinoiserie sheets: copies in blue ink on white paper of prints designed by Boucher and Pillement. The cultural otherness of these images complicates the idea of making as leisure-time activity, revealing fraught stakes of imperial control and self-formation.