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Bibliographical Society of America sponsored session, College Art Association Annual Conference This session will consider bound volumes created or transformed through the incorporation of independently printed images. Inspired by recent scholarship that addresses the popularity of modifying, enhancing, or creating books in this manner, this session will focus on the production and reception of such…

Past Events

Session Chair, Historic Libraries and the Historiography of Art (II)

02.12.20 - 02.15.20

108th Annual Conference, College Art Association, Hilton Chicago

Historic libraries are coming into their own as resources for interpreting intellectual history. Analyzing those libraries that have informed art historians, art critics and their public has opened new paths for exploring art historiography. Whether book and manuscript collections survive intact, perhaps in their original locations, or are known only through bibliographies or inventories, they…

Two Italian art bibliographies written a century apart demonstrate the power of bibliography to constitute a discipline within a specific intellectual and cultural framework. Comparative analysis of these works throws into relief the extent to which each employs bibliography as a vehicle to express deeply felt, and divergent, perspectives on the nature of Italy and…

Session Chair, “Historic Libraries and the Early Historiography of Art”


107th Annual Conference, College Art Association, New York Hilton Midtown

Historic libraries offer underutilized resources for understanding art history. This session explores the potential of such collections – whether intended explicitly for the study of art or not – to deepen and broaden our interpretation of art historiography and its relationship to social, intellectual and geopolitical currents.

Presentation, “Leopoldo Cicognara’s Catalago ragionato as a Database for Digital Visualizations”


Digital Cicognara Library Open Forum, ARLIS/NA Annual Meeting, New York Hilton Midtown

In 1821 Leopoldo Cicognara published a bibliography that still stands as a milestone in the history of art librarianship: it records a key collection assembled shortly before the establishment of art history as an academic discipline. Conceptualized as a database, his Catalago ragionato provides a basis for digital visualizations that offer fresh insights, because they…