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Patterns of Art Consumption across the Modern Mediterranean | Masterclass 5

  • Mercedes Volait
Wednesday 8 November 2017
LUCIS Fall Fellow 2017: Mercedes Volait
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden

LUCIS visiting fellow Mercedes Volait - masterclasses

These masterclasses are given in conjunction with LUCIS visiting fellow Mercedes Volait's lectures on patterns of art consumption across the modern Mediterranean. The masterclasses propose to introduce students to the existence and possible uses of little-known primary material relevant to the issues discussed. Sales catalogues, auction minutes, museum records, press clippings, photographs of places, interiors and objects, as well as architectural drawings, represent some of the primary sources that will be exposed and analyzed. In addition, the reading of selected Arabic sources such as 19th-century chronicles, journalistic writing or travelogues, will be proposed. In doing so, the masterclasses aim to demonstrate the added-value gained by the combination, confrontation and cross-checking of different types of data, language-wise or media-wise, that are usually considered in isolation rather than in conjunction.

In the fifth masterclass, participants will focus on Egyptian perceptions of art and engage with passages of Ahmad Zaki's Al-Dunya fi Baris as well as Mercedes Volait's "Middle Eastern collections of Orientalist painting at the turn of the 21st century: paradoxical reversal or persistent misunderstanding?"


To register for the class, please send an email to lucis@hum.leidenuniv.nl. After registering, you will receive the reading materials via email. The classes are open to advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and PhD students from Leiden University.

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