Fans as Images, Accessories and Instruments of Gesture in the 17th and 18th Centuries  

International Conference 29th November – 1st December 2017 University of Zurich, Institute of Art History

This interdisciplinary conference discusses the cultural role of European folding fans in art, fashion, and material culture in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In eighteenth -century Europe, fans became important fashion accessories across social classes and were almost omnipresent in social interaction. Painted and printed fans presented a wide variety of social knowledge through fast and fleeting pictures, in this way conveying personal statements of those who carried them. Early modern fan depictions were often inspired by or based on Renaissance and contemporary paintings. In the course of the eighteenth century, fan leaves displayed an increasing variety of cultural themes, thereby also functioning as souvenirs as well as conveyors of political and social messages. The conference aims to take a closer look at the pictorial and intermedial interplay of ornamental patterns, figurative elements, and artistic subject matters against the background of European fan manufacture, artistic networks and international trade. Furthermore, it seeks to closer examine fans as gender -specific instruments of gesture and communication.

Further Details/Website: http://www.agenda.uzh.ch/record.php?id=36241

Email: miriam.volmert@khist.uzh.ch


Event – Fans as Images, Accessories and Instruments of Gesture in the 17th an 18th Centuries, 29th November-1st December 2017, Zurich, Switzerland

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