1-16-2014 Julia Sienkewicz
Date: January 16, 2014; 4:30-6:00pm
Title: Placing Sight: Benjamin Henry Latrobe and Landscape Aesthetics
Presenter: Julia Sienkewicz, Assistant Professor of Art History and Director of the Program in Art History at Duquesne University
This talk will present a portion of my ongoing research into the watercolor studies of Benjamin Henry Latrobe. The monograph project, tentatively entitled Epic Landscapes: Benjamin Henry Latrobe's Virginian Watercolors, 1795-1799, analyzes the paintings and writings of the artist during the years in which he emigrated from Britain to the United States. The watercolors that Latrobe produced during these years offer his own representations of immigrant experience, as well as his meditations on the experiential similarities and differences between Europe and the young United States.
In this presentation, I will focus on a selection of Latrobe's landscapes alongside his theoretical writing on landscape aesthetics (most of which is contained in his two-volume An Essay on Landscape). I will examine the techniques employed by Latrobe in order to capture the sensation of landscape and, in particular, I will focus on instances wherein Latrobe produced sets and series of images of the same site. These multiple works convey the sensation of travel across space and time and between lived experience and poetic metaphor. This analysis allows us to understand the particular techniques that Latrobe devised in order to capture the conjoined experiences of sight and site, body and mind, place and displacement.
Julia Sienkewicz is Assistant Professor of Art History and Director of the Program in Art History at Duquesne University. She holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Art and Architectural History of the United States. Her research has been supported by the United States Capitol Historical Society, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Winterthur Museum & Country Estates, the American Council of Learned Societies along with the Henry R. Luce Foundation, and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. She is currently completing a monograph entitled Epic Landscapes: Benjamin Henry Latrobe's Virginian Watercolors, 1795-1799, and is also working on the research for a second monograph, tentatively entitled Sculptures in Transit and Translation: Horatio Greenough's Conglomerate Art.
All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited. Refreshments will be served.
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