History of Art Research Seminar: Genevieve Warwick | Effigies

  • Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 17:15 to 18:30

This seminar by Dr Genevieve Warwick is the second in the History of Art Research Seminar Series 2016 - 2017.

Genevieve is Reader in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh.

A leading scholar of Renaissance and Early Modern European Art and Visual Culture c. 1400-1750, she has special interest in sculpture.

She has published widely, including Bernini. Art as Theatre (Yale University Press, 2012).


Genevieve's paper 'Effigies' arises from two converging interests. 

The first is concerned with the status of the exemplum or ‘case study’ in art-historical writing, or how the objects we select for study shape our disciplinary narratives.  The second concerns questions pertaining to the definition of ‘sculpture’. 

The paper will use a selection of sculptural exempla to make its point.  One is an anatomical horse made of bronze from the workshop of the sixteenth-century sculptor Giambologna, a piece made for the purposes of research rather than as a work of art. 

Another is the category of the ‘doll’, figures made for young girls as surrogates either of themselves or their imagined children, largely by anonymous craftsmen, but also by some of the most celebrated sculptors of the Renaissance. 

Both trouble the boundaries of the category of ‘art’. Both also raise questions of scale or size, as defined by the relationship with the viewing body. 

The paper proceeds by taking up the notion of the ‘effigy’ as a means to approach sculpture’s three-dimensional ‘presence’.

The event is free and open to all.

This event is part of the History of Art Research Seminar Series of talks by guest speakers and colleagues. Find out more about the series.