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Smentek, Kristel

Overview
Works: 18 works in 43 publications in 2 languages and 292 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  History 
Roles: Author, Contributor
Classifications: NE647.2, 769.94409033074753
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Kristel Smentek
Mariette and the science of the connoisseur in eighteenth-century Europe by Kristel Smentek( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rococo exotic : French mounted porcelains and the allure of the East by Kristel Smentek( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colorful impressions : the printmaking revolution in eighteenth-century France by National Gallery of Art (U.S.)( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An indispensable addition to the literature, this informative publication is not only one of very few books available in English on the subject, but it also reproduces for the first time all the featured prints in full colour. Authors examine the history, marketing, and collecting of these prints, as well as the tools, techniques, and papers used in making them."--Jacket
Buildings and objects the Rococo and after ; introduction by Kristel Smentek( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entrepreneurial art history : Pierre-Jean Mariette and the 'recueil d'estampes' in eighteenth-century Europe by Kristel Smentek( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collector's cut : why Pierre-Jean Mariette tore up his drawings and put them back together again by Kristel Smentek( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sex, sentiment and speculation : the market for genre prints on the eve of the French Revolution by Kristel Smentek( )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinoiseries for the Quing : a french gift of tapestries to the Qianlong emperor by Kristel Smentek( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pierre-Jean Mariette, le connaisseur d'estampes by Kristel Smentek( )

1 edition published in 2008 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pierre II Mariette or the Mariette dynasty revisited by Kristel Smentek( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Rezension von:] Un cabinet particulier : les estampes de la Collection Frits Lugt by Kristel Smentek( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Art, commerce, and scholarship in the Age of Enlightenment : Pierre-Jean Mariette and the making of art history by Kristel Smentek( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation analyzes the emergence of an art historical hermeneutic in Enlightenment Europe through an investigation of a celebrated, but poorly understood, eighteenth-century French print dealer, book publisher, and connoisseur of art and antiquities: Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774). Mariette was active in commerce, in the highest circles of the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, and in the international Republic of Letters, and his praxis elucidates the historically specific meanings of collecting and connoisseurship as forms of knowledge and social distinction. His ambivalence about the art market he helped usher in also illuminates the emergence of 'art' and 'aesthetics' as categories of intellectual inquiry, and the ideological opposition of both to commerce in an era of consumer revolution. Mariette spent over three decades in commerce, working as a book publisher, printer and print dealer. His successes as a businessman made it possible for him to collect and eventually to acquire the trappings of gentility, but it was also the knowledge economy of the marketplace that formed the basis of his scholarly work. His compilation of "ready-made" historical survey collections of prints for illustrious clients, for instance, provided the foundational historical framework for his writing on art. His status as a connoisseur was secured in 1750 when he left trade and was appointed an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. This was an unusual promotion for a former merchant, and it was made possible by eighteenth-century discourses on the empirical "science of the connoisseur" and the special status of drawings within them. Deemed to be purer, less mediated, examples of an artist's characteristic manner than paintings, drawings--a field in which Mariette's expertise was widely recognized--were the very foundation of a connoisseur's claims to knowledge. His ascension to the status of gentleman-connoisseur was, however, also the result of a discourse in which the skills of artists in matters of artistic judgment were demoted in favor of disinterested lay experts like Mariette. Mariette is most familiar today as a collector of drawings but his treatment of the old master drawings in his possession is radically at odds with modern norms. He cut them apart, reassembled them, and occasionally split recto-verso sheets into two separate papers. Far from being idiosyncratic, such interventions can be related to the widespread eighteenth-century preoccupation with ensuring the optimum conditions for the perception of works of art, a preoccupation conditioned by self-consciousness about the act of perception and the role of sensory experience in knowledge formation. Given the importance of sensory data in the acquisition of connoisseurial knowledge, the clarity of initial sense impressions was imperative; it was this clarity, I suggest, that Mariette sought to secure in the presentation of his drawings. Mariette's aim was to build an art historical and critical science from the object up. His methods and the historical, moral, and aesthetic goals of his connoisseurship are most completely articulated in his Traité des pierres gravées (Treatise on Engraved Gems), published in 1750. Far from ahistorical formalism, as connoisseurship is sometimes understood today, the Traité indicates that the ultimate ambition of Mariette's scholarly work was a developmental history of art grounded in stylistic analysis. Anchored by a belief, shared by many of his contemporaries, that he lived in a period when art had been demeaned by the effects of a too-extensive commercialization of artistic production, Mariette's goal was to regenerate contemporary art and taste through the establishment of an empirically-grounded canon of approved masters for artistic education and emulation. This agenda was shared by a pan-European network of scholars, collectors, and connoisseurs; from their efforts emerged the definitions of art ("Art" rather than "arts") and aesthetics that continue to structure art historical study today
Césarine Davin-Mirvault's Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni : February 9 through May 21, 2006 by Kristel Smentek( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Objects of encounter : mounting Asian porcelain in eighteenth-century France by Kristel Smentek( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Paradoxes de la gravure : originalité, authenticité et arts graphiques au XVIIIe siècle by Kristel Smentek( )

1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Global Circulations, Local Transformations : Objects and Cultural Encounter in the Eighteenth Century by Kristel Smentek( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Les transformations du rococo by Kristel Smentek( )

1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jean-Étienne Liotard, 1702-1789 : Swiss master : June 13 through September 17, 2006 by Kristel Smentek( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Colorful impressions : the printmaking revolution in eighteenth-century France
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