Parution : 1er numéro de « Journal18 », nouvelle revue en ligne consacrée au 18e siècle (Printemps 2016)


First Issue  : #1 Multilayered (Spring 2016)

Art history’s material turn, informed by anthropology, material culture, and consumption studies, has prompted new interest in both the physicality and the social lives of artworks. Examining the ways that eighteenth-century art objects were produced, transported, and transformed helps us to understand how they were perceived and reimagined in different cultural and temporal contexts. In the workshops and collective spaces of artistic design and manufacture, objects became the creative products of many minds and many hands, simultaneously and successively. Likewise in their afterlives as commodities and possessions, objects were continually altered through use and re-use, each transaction constituting a reframing – sometimes literal – as objects inhabited new settings or were subjected to damage, aging, or rejuvenation.

This inaugural issue of Journal18  explores the multilayered nature of eighteenth-century art. Our focus is on artworks that bear traces of multiple hands as a result of workshop production, cross-cultural exchange, re-use, restoration, vandalism, or other factors. Among the questions considered are: who were the many people involved in art’s production and reproduction (artists, collectors, scholars, dealers, handlers, and restorers)? How were eighteenth-century artworks made, re-purposed, transported, and conserved? How were they translated across media as well as across time, space, and culture? And what is the creative effect of non-creative acts like accidents or defacement? The articles in this issue not only reexamine traditional art-historical categories – such as style, originality, or authorship – but also encourage new methodological perspectives and find new meaning in the materiality of art objects.

David Pullins, « Stubbs, Vernet & Boucher Share a Canvas: Workshops, Authorship & the Status of Painting« 

Charlotte Guichard, « Scratched Surfaces: Artists’ Graffiti in Eighteenth-Century Rome« 

Kristel Smentek, « China and Greco-Roman Antiquity: Overture to a Study of the Vase in Eighteenth-Century France« 

Dipti Khera, « Marginal, Mobile, Multilayered: Painted Invitation Letters as Bazaar Objects in Early Modern India« 

Journal18  is an online journal devoted to eighteenth-century art and culture. Journal18  publishes issues twice a year and in-between we also publish short notes, reviews and scholarly musings in Notes & Queries.

We are currently accepting proposals for issue #3 Lifelike and for Notes & Queries. Information about upcoming issues will be posted in Future Issues. For further information regarding contributions to Journal18  visit Information for Authors and for all other inquiries contact

Founded and edited by eighteenth-century art historians based in Los Angeles, New York, and Oxford, Journal18 is advised and supported by a specialist international editorial board of academics and museum curators. The journal is affiliated with HECAA, the professional association for Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture, and with the Institute of Fine Arts, New York.

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Founding Editors

Noémie Etienne, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Meredith Martin, NYU and Institute of Fine Arts
Hannah Williams, Queen Mary University of London

Editorial Board
Nebahat Avcioglu, Hunter College/CUNY
Finbarr Barry Flood, Institute of Fine Arts/NYU
Esther Bell, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Daniela Bleichmar, University of Southern California
Jeffrey Collins, Bard Graduate Center, New York
Thomas Crow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York
Craig Hanson, Calvin College
Anne Higonnet, Barnard College/Columbia University
Kristina Kleutghen, Washington University, St Louis
Anne Lafont, INHA, Paris
Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Harvard University
Mark Ledbury, University of Sydney
Katie Scott, Courtauld Institute of Art
Charlotte Vignon, Frick Collection
Michael Yonan, University of Missouri

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