Jérémie Koering – Sketching Art History: Art Historians’ Drawings as Epistemic Tool

Event Date: 22 May 2019
The Lecture Room
Warburg Institute
Woburn Square,
London WC1H 0AB

The Warburg Institute presents:

Jérémie Koering (CNRS/Centre André Chastel) – Sketching Art History: Art Historians’ Drawings as Epistemic Tool

It is often ignored but many art historians, among the most famous of the Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-first centuries, have used the graphic instrument to study art in all its forms (architecture, painting, sculpture…). Burckhardt, Morelli, Cavalcaselle, Justi, Wölfflin, Aby Warburg, Baltrušaitis, Schapiro, Grodecki, Steinberg, Damisch, Imdahl or Marin, all used drawing to see, understand and explain works of art. The purpose of this talk is to show how drawing contributes to the emergence, the production and the transmission of a specific knowledge about artistic objects, by offering a panoramic view of the epistemic potentials of the graphic tool : to documente, perceive, compare, classify, analyze, experimente, conceptualize…

Jérémie Koering is an art historian at the CNRS (Centre André Chastel). He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the French Academy in Rome (2003-2004), the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte (2009), Yale University (Focillon Fellowship, 2014) and INHA/Villa Médicis (Chastel Fellowship, 2016). His fields of study are Italian Renaissance Art, epistemology of art history, and anthropology of images. He has published or co-edited several books : Léonard de Vinci (Hazan, 2007), Le prince en représentation (Actes Sud, 2013), Caravage, juste un détail (INHA, 2018), with Stephen J. Campbell Andrea Mantegna : Making Art History (2015), and with Yve-Alain Bois a special issue of October (Winter 2019) devoted to Meyer Schapiro and Hubert Damisch. He has recently transcribed and edited an unpublished manuscript by Robert Klein, L’Esthétique de la technè. L’art selon Aristote et les théories des arts visuels au XVIe siècle (INHA, 2017). Currently, he is writing two books : one on edible images (Des images que l’on mange, Actes Sud, 2019), the other on Schapiro’s drawings (Meyer Schapiro, en dessinant).

This event is part of the Director’s Seminar Series, which brings leading scholars to the Institute to share new research and fresh perspectives on the key issues in their fields.

Introduction by Professor Bill Sherman (Director, Warburg Institute):

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