Panofsky Lecture 2020 // Charlotte Guichard: Watteau and the New World: Picturing Visions of Empire in Regency France, 1717-1721



von 18:15 bis 19:30


Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Lesesaal Bibliothek, 1.OG, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10, 80333 München

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What were the early visions of Empire in Regency France? From the Pilgrimage to the Isle of Cythera (1717) by Jean-Antoine Watteau, exhibited at the time of French colonial expansion in Louisiana, to frescoes and engravings that circulated around 1720, my talk will question the formation of idealised representations of colonisation conveyed by the visual languages of galanterie and commerce. As celebrations of ‘doux commerce’, these representations created a mirage that was countered by other images proposing a cruder vision of colonial expansion, to denounce violence and the appropriation of natural resources.
Mapping these conflicting visions of the colonies in Regency France reveals the construction of a visual imagery of French Empire, and also the contrasting values attached to images and art in those years. This matrix had a lasting impact on Enlightenment artists, with images and art being considered as sites of seduction and illusion, of domination, and of contestation.

Panofsky Lecture 2020
Nicolas Charles Silvestre after François Le Moyne, Project for a ceiling at the Gallery of the Banque Royale (detail), 1728


2016 wurde am Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte die Panofsky-Professur neu eingerichtet. In der Panofsky Lecture stellt die/der Panofsky-Professor ihre/seine Forschungen vor.