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Upcoming: Special issue "Performing Nationhood in Early Modern Rome", guest-edited by Susanne Kubersky-Piredda (Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome) and Tobias Daniels (LMU, Munich)

In the Early Modern period, the concept of national identity differed greatly from the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century ideology of the nation state. The word natio defined a group of persons unified by common territorial origins and cultural markers such as language, habits, customs, traditions, and confessions. Crucial to the construction of one’s own national identity was its performance in comparison and opposition to others’. Like no other city in Europe, Rome, home of the papacy, destination of pilgrims, and metropolis of art, was a perpetual hub for foreigners and thus was an ideal laboratory for the formation of national identities and their representation on an international stage. The aim of the forthcoming special issue is to locate and define emerging notions and expressions of nationhood in Rome from the 15th through the 17th centuries, and in particular the material, visual, and intellectual practices of nationhood.

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0221 Rachel E. Perry, Painting in Danger: Jean Dubuffet's Hautes Pâtes

Jean Dubuffet made his dramatic breakthrough into the art world in 1946 with what would become his signature innovation, the hautes pâtes (thick or high pastes). This article highlights the uneasy double bind Dubuffet found himself in, as his theoretical interest in ephemerality gave way to his clients’ and dealers’ practical concerns over the material durability of his work.

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0211 Eva Pluhařová-Grigienė, Vorwort zum Special Issue „Prekäre Vergangenheit? Barockforschung im östlichen Mitteleuropa unter den Bedingungen des Sozialismus”

Art history writing on Baroque architecture had a precarious position within the confines of Marxism-Leninism. The papers collected in this special issue highlight the complex relationship between the need to fulfill the new ideological requirements and persisting intellectual, personal, and institutional structures that preceded the communist takeovers.

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0209 Rodney T. Swan, Symbolism and Allusion in Matisse’s Jazz

Henri Matisse's "Jazz" became one of the most celebrated livres d'artiste of the 20th century. The images, created during the German Occupation of France, were embedded with symbols of cultural resistance, while his text, which he composed after the defeat of the Germans, reflected the transition to a post-Liberation France. […]

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