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The Louvre Before The Louvre

Mia Jackson (QMUL) & Hannah Williams (University of Oxford)

Friday, 5 July 2013 from 10:00 to 18:00 (BST)

The Louvre Before The Louvre

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The Louvre Before The Louvre

Artisans, Artists, Academies

Wallace Collection, London


Now one of the world’s most famous museums, the Louvre was once a vast artistic and cultural centre of a different kind. This one-day conference addresses the fascinating but little-known period of the Louvre’s history throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, exploring the role this space, its objects, and its inhabitants played in the histories of art production and artistic sociability in early modern Paris.

Eminent and emerging scholars including two guest speakers from the Musée du Louvre will together provide an intimate understanding of the artistic and intellectual neighbourhood of the Louvre and its effect on art and design in the period. Papers on the day will investigate the collective spaces and sociable practices of the Louvre (from the royal academies to artists’ studios), the intersections between personal and professional spaces for the artists and artisans who both lived and worked in the Louvre, and the wider significance of the Louvre in artistic social networks both locally and internationally.

Taking place in the Wallace Collection, which houses one of the United Kingdom’s finest collections of art from this period, this conference offers attendees the opportunity to experience the results of these artistic collaborations.

Convenors: Mia Jackson (QMUL) and Hannah Williams (University of Oxford)

Speakers: Drew Armstrong (University of Pittsburgh), Laura Auricchio (The New School), Esther Bell (Cincinnati Art Museum), Geneviève Bresc-Bautier (Musée du Louvre), Dena Goodman (University of Michigan), Anne Higonnet (Barnard College, Columbia University), Pierre-Édouard Latouche (Université du Québec à Montréal), David Maskill (Victoria University of Wellington), Guilhem Scherf (Musée du Louvre), Katie Scott (Courtauld Institute of Art), Susan Wager (Columbia University)


Generously supported by the Wallace Collection and the Faculty of History of the University of Oxford. Image: Antoine Coysevox, Charles Lebrun, c. 1676 © By kind permission of the trustees of the Wallace Collection.


For further inquiries: louvrebeforelouvre@gmail.com



10:00      Registration

10:15      Welcome: Christoph Vogtherr (Wallace Collection)

10:20      Introduction: Mia Jackson (QMUL) & Hannah Williams (University of Oxford)

Session I: Guest Speakers from the Louvre - New Research on Sculptors' Reception Pieces at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture

10:30      Geneviève Bresc-Bautier (Musée du Louvre): Integration of sculpted works into the collections of the 

                 Académie during the Ancien Régime

10:50      Guilhem Scherf (Musée du Louvre): Reception and diffusion of the sculpted morceaux de réception

                 during the Ancien Régime

11:10      Discussion

11:25      Tea & Coffee

Session II: Collective Spaces & Sociable Practices

11:55      Drew Armstrong (University of Pittsburgh): Life and Loss in the Académie Royale d'Architecture

12:15      Esther Bell (Cincinnati Art Museum): Coypel the Curator: Sociable Space in the Cour Carrée

12:35      Discussion

12:45      Pierre-Édouard Latouche (Université de Québec à Montréal): Des Recueils des Maisons Royales en

                 Petit (1745) à L'Architecture française (1756) de Blondel: le remploi d'un plan de la Cour Carrée

1:05        Anne Higonnet (Barnard College, Columbia University): Studios, Sociability, and Unexpected

                Consequences in the Old Louvre

1:25        Discussion

1:35        Lunch (not provided)

Session III: Living and Working in the Louvre

2:35       Susan Wager (Columbia University): Un-occupying the Louvre: The Royal Gem-Engraver Jacques Guay

2:55       David Maskill (Victoria University of Wellington): Louis Tocqué (1696-1772): A Portrait Painter at the


3:15       Katie Scott (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Parade's End: On Charles Coypel's Bed

3:35       Discussion

3:50       Tea & Coffee

Session IV: Neighbourhoods and Networks

4:20       Dena Goodman (University of Michigan): 4 rue des Orties: the Louvre of the Silvestres, 1668-1805

4:40       Laura Auricchio (The New School): Beyond the Louvre: Re-mapping the Paris Art World in the Age of

                Louis XVI

5:00       Discussion

5:15       Closing Remarks and General Discussion


Do you have questions about The Louvre Before The Louvre? Contact Mia Jackson (QMUL) & Hannah Williams (University of Oxford)

When & Where

The Wallace Collection
Manchester Square
W1U London
United Kingdom

Friday, 5 July 2013 from 10:00 to 18:00 (BST)

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