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In Defence of Connoisseurship
As I have been recovering from the excesses of last night’s celebrations, this little blurb about connoisseurship and photographic records came to my attention. The subject was about paintings, but I thought it is very apt for the process that takes place every day on this forum.
In Defence of Connoisseurship
by Bendor Grosvenor
“I remember seeing the photograph [of an unattributed 18th century portrait] for the first time, with an almost instant flicker of recognition that I was in fact looking at a painting by Ramsay. One of the frustrating things about connoisseurship—the process of having a reasonable idea of who created a painting just by looking at it—is that it’s almost impossible to describe the neurological process of how that visual recognition works. For a discipline which strives (sometimes, in my view, too hard) to be more like a science than a humanity, someone saying, “that’s by Ramsay just because I think it is”, seems maddeningly woolly, and has contributed to many of the negative perceptions around connoisseurship among art historians. (Luckily, my eureka moment of initial recognition was backed up by documentary evidence, technical analysis, and wider scholarly consensus.)
And yet it is largely thanks to connoisseurship that photo archives first began to be assembled, back in art history’s equivalent of the Old Testament. In the beginning, there first had to be done the sorting and sifting of many thousands of unattributed and wrongly attributed artworks into something resembling cohesive epochs and oeuvres.”
Of course, it is even more difficult applying connoisseurship in this field since there is an entire industry out there churning out copies of almost everything that might be sold to the unsuspecting collector. Copies that can outnumber originals by thousands to one!
I always felt Bendor Grosvenor should still be part of the "Fake or Fortune" BBC Team.
@shine I certainly appreciated the Philip Mould videos while grounded, I miss both the American and British versions of Antique Roadshow.
@lotusblack They are only reruns due to the pandemic, but yes I do watch the reruns and YouTube has clips too.
@lotusblack Hurray, sesson 26 has started, I missed the first episode but I'm watching it now on YouTube, yippee Leigh Keno! No big crowds but at least they are back.
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