New Directions in Art History Lecture - Aaron M. Hyman, "Print, Painting, and the Contours of the Baroque"
Apr 1, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
This talk reexamines "the Baroque” by tracking the transmission of compositions both across the global reaches of Spain’s empire and within more circumscribed northern European geographies. What emerges in the process is a period sensitivity to form and to the contours of repeatable figural units that was inculcated, it is argued, by the medium of print. The implications are two-fold. First, placing print—and with it the transmission rather than origin of pictures—at the center of this story uncovers a period sensitivity to formal syntax and pictorial recombination. And second, geographies newly embraced by art history’s global turn are shown as more than new contexts for socio-cultural inquiry, but also as having the potential for helping us rethink the discipline’s foundational categories.
Aaron M. Hyman is assistant professor in the Department of the History of Art and Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches about the art of the Spanish Empire, with a particular focus on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in colonial Latin America and Northern Europe. He is author of Rubens in Repeat: The Logic of the Copy in Colonial Latin America (forthcoming 2021, Getty Research Institute). An article stemming from this project, “Inventing Painting: Cristóbal de Villalpando, Juan Correa, and New Spain’s Transatlantic Canon,” (Art Bulletin 2017) was awarded the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize from the College Art Association.