Name: Dr Lisa Skogh
Role: Visiting Research Fellow
Research Project: The Kunstkammer and the Early Modern Consort: Knowledge, Networks and Influences
History of collecting in the early modern period and more specifically the Kunstkammer (Cabinet of Curiosities), Wunderkammer (Cabinet of Wonders), as well as Pretiosa cabinets, are areas within my field of specialisation. I am especially interested in early modern history of patronage, the art market, women’s history, knowledge in reference to the arts and natural history, amateurship, metallurgy and princely mining cultures, jewellery, silver, sculpture, baroque ivories (turned and sculpted), miniatures and portraiture and textiles, especially tapestries as well as libraries. The displays, functions and usage of collections as part of exchanges of dynastic and intellectual manifestations, and early modern designers and designs, gardens as displays of natural wonders, especially ephemeral vegetal and flower collections, and in all the above with a focus on the aspect of the political culture of the arts.
What was Europe? A V&A Salon is a series of intellectual salons that will take place in the new galleries devoted to Europe 1600-1800 at the Victoria & Albert Museum. This is a scholarly celebration and discussion platform of the new permanent galleries due to open in the late autumn 2015 and will integrate early career scholars and will be co-organised with Simon Schaffer professor of the History of Science, University of Cambridge, through The British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA).
The British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA) 2015
Books and Collection catalogues
Material Worlds. Queen Hedwig Eleonora as Collector and Patron, (Stockholm: The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Centre for the History of Science, 2013) (monograph).
European silver in the Nationalmuseum, 1500-1850, volume II, (Stockholm: Nationalmuseum, 2011) (complete collection catalogue).
Swedish silver in the Nationalmuseum, 1500-1850, vol. I, (Stockholm: Nationalmuseum, 2009) (complete collection catalogue).
“Jewels, Melons and Portraiture. Royal Patronage and Collecting in a Northern German Context” in Queen Hedwig Eleonora and the Arts: Court Culture in 17th-century Northern Europe, eds. Lisa Skogh and Kristoffer Neville (Aldershot: Ashgate, Women and Gender in Early Modern World series) peer previewed publication to include 15 contributions (under production and to be reviewed, tbc 2015-2016).
“Skill, Patronage and the Consort in the Early Modern German Princely context” in the special issue The Varied Role of the Amateur in the Early Modern Europe,, ed. Lisa Skogh, (to be reviewed and expected publication date, no 2, 2016 in Nuncius Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science, Brill publisher, tbc 2015).
“The Mine as a Subterranean Kunstkammer” in the special issue The Material Culture of the Mines in Early Modern Europe, eds. Tina Asmussen, Henrike Haug and Lisa Skogh, (peer-reviewed publisher tbc).
“The Wondrous Cabinets of the Hamburg Still Life Painter Johann Georg Hinz (1630-1700)” (publisher tbc)
A Selection of Published Articles
“The Museum of the Mind” in Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, ed. Claire Wilcox, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2015.
“The Ivory Foot by Georg Petel” in Leidenschaft für Elfenbein. A Passion for Ivory zu Ehren von Reiner Winkler. Sammler, Connaisseur und Mäzen, eds. Jutta Kappel and Marjorie Trusted (Munich: Kunstkammer Georg Laue, 2015).
“Hedvig Eleonora as a Collector and Patron” in Hedwig Eleonora the Queen of Swedish Baroque, ed. Merit Laine, (Stockholm: the Swedish Royal Collections, 2015).
“In the Eyes of the Learned World: A Dedication of Adam Olearius” in Hedwig Eleonora the Queen of Swedish Baroque, ed. Merit Laine, (Stockholm: the Swedish Royal Collections, 2015).
“From Swedish Mountains and Waters: A Pendant from Hedvig Eleonora’s Collections” in Hedwig Eleonora the Queen of Swedish Baroque, ed. Merit Laine, (Stockholm: the Swedish Royal Collections, 2015).
“Portraits in Relief: the Ducal Regents of Holstein-Gottorf” in Hedwig Eleonora the Queen of Swedish Baroque, ed. Merit Laine, (Stockholm: the Swedish Royal Collections, 2015).
“South, East and North: The Swedish Royal Collections and Dowager Queen Hedwig Eleonora (1636-1715)”in Collecting The East & West, eds. Andrea Galdy, Susan Bracken, Adriana Turpin (Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2013).
“Ivory portrait medallions in the collection of Swedish Queen Hedwig Eleonora of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp” in Barocke Kunststückh. Sculpture studies in Honour of Christian Theuerkauff Festschrift, eds. Marjorie Trusted and RegineMarth (Munich: HirmerVerlag, 2011).
“Dynastic Representation. A Book Collection of Queen Hedwig Eleonora (1636-1715) and Her Role as a Patron of the Arts” in Konsthistorisk tidskrift/Art History Journal, (London: Taylor & Francis), 80: 2, 108-123, June 2011.
“Politics of Possession. The Pretiosa Collection of Hedwig Eleonora” for the Journal of the History of Collections (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (online 2010), 2011, vol. 23, no.2, eds. Jessica Keating, Lia Markey and Arthur MacGregor, 333-347, in the special issue: Caputured Objects. Inventories of early modern collections.
“Das Uppsala-Inventar. Zu einer Büchersammlung von Hedwig Eleonoras von Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf (1636-1715), Königinwitwe von Schweden“ in Sammeln, Lesen, Übersetzen als höfische Praxis in der Frühen Neuzeit. Die böhmische Bibliothek der Fürsten Eggenberg im Kontext der Fürsten- und Fürstinnenbibliothek der Zeit, eds. Jill Bepler and Helga Meise, Wolfenbütteler Forschungen 126, Herzog August Bibliothek (2010), 307-334.
“Constructed Handsteine and Raw Gems in and between Princely Collections” at the workshop Gems in Transit: materials, techniques and trade in early modern Europe, organised by Sven Dupré and Michael Bycroft at the University of Warwick, May 18-19, 2015.
“The Master of Ceremonies and His Manuscript”, at the international interdisciplinary symposium, A Collector of Secrets: Sir Balthazar Gerbier (1592-1663) in cultural diplomacy and the arts, Research Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, June 4-5, 2015.
“Alexander McQueen and the Cabinet of Curiosities” at the conference Alexander McQueen: Sabotage and Tradition, Victoria and Albert Museum and London College of Fashion, June 5-6, 2015.
Roundtable discussion together with Anne Goldgar (King’s College, London), Alexander Marr (Cambridge University) and Mark Carnall (UCL) at the conference Collections in Use at King’s College, London, July 6, 2015.
“Olearius and the Kunstkammer” at the workshop Themed Rooms: Domestic Display and Personal Projection, organised by Moya Carey, Victoria and Albert Museum, October 23, 2015.
“The Kunstkammer and the Early Modern Consort: Knowledge, Networks and Influences” research-in-progress presentation Research Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, October 27, 2015.
Title tbc, the international workshop Catalysts of knowledge. Cultures of collecting in early modern Europe, University of Ghent, December 15, 2015.
“The Mine as a Subterranean Kunstkammer”, in the sessions Material Culture of the Mines in Early Modern Europe I-II, Renaissance Society of America annual conference, Berlin, March 26-28, 2015.
“The Kunstkammer and the Early Modern Consort: Knowledge, Networks and Influences” research-in-progress presentation in the Postgraduate seminar, History of Art Dept., Birkbeck, Univ. of London, Dec. 11, 2015
“Material Ad Vivum: Agate and Ivory in the Kunstkammer”, joint paper with Professor Marcia Pointon, University of Manchester, at the conference Ad Vivum? at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Nov. 21-22, 2015.
“Jacobsdahl and the North German courtly influences in Scandinavian palatial contexts” in the panel Decorating the Architcture of Leisure. Interpreting the Satellite's Decore between Politics and Nature at the conference Looking for Leisure. Court Residences and their Satellites 1400-1700, part of the Research Network Palatium, at the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences, Prague, 6-7 June, 2014.
“Collecting Ephemera. Melons as Means of Princely Display, Exchange and Knowledge in the Early Modern Period” at Association of Art Historians, Royal College of Art, London, 10-12 April 2014.
“Amateurship, Patronage and the Mining Culture in the Early Modern German Princely Context” at Renaissance Society of America, March 27-29, 2014 part of the sessions “The Varied Role of the Amateur I-II”.
“Dowager Queen Hedwig Eleonora as a Collector and Patron of the Arts” at the Royal Armoury (Livrustkammaren), Stockholm, March 20, 2014.
“Queen Hedwig Eleonora – a Liebhaberin of the Arts” at the symposium A Queen Emerges. Hedwig Eleonora of Sweden and Baroque Court Culture around the Baltic organised by the Swedish Royal Collections, Stockholm University, this opening lecture was held at the Royal Coin Cabinet, Stockholm, 1, October 2013.
“Amateurship, Patronage and the Consort. Luxury and Knowledge in the Early Modern German Princely Context” part of the workshop The Production of Luxury: Skills, Materials, and Networks,the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 4-5 July, 2013. This workshop forms part of the Leverhumle The Luxury Network: Luxury and the Manipulation of Desire: Historical Perspectives for Contemporary Debates.
“Bergwerke and Handsteine in the Royal Swedish Collections 1650-1720” at the conference Collecting Nature at Schwabenakademie, Kloster Irsee on 24-28 May 2013.
“Ivories in the collections of Queen Christina (1626-1689) and Queen Hedwig Eleonora (1636-1715)” at the annual meeting of The Ivory Study Group, at Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, 29-30 April, 2013.
“The Power of Fragility. Widowhood, Politics and Collecting”, part of the panel “Royal Dynasties Abroad. Constructing Cultural Identities at the Foreign Court I: Identity and Insecurity”, organised by David Taylor and Catriona Murray, Renaissance Society of America, Washington DC, March 23, 2012.
“Pretiosa, Politics and Memorabilia. The Collecting and Patronage of Hedwig Eleonora of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp”, lecture part of The History of Collecting Seminar at The Wallace Collection, London, Nov. 28, 2011.
Selection of Conferences and Symposia organisation
A Collector of Secrets. Sir Balthazar Gerbier (1592-1663) in cultural diplomacy and the arts. Research Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, June 4-5, 2015. International interdisciplinary symposium co-organised with Vera Keller (University of Oregon) and Nadine Akkerman (Leiden University). The symposium includes a group of renowned international scholars as speakers and chairs and keynote is Professor Linda Levy Peck (Georg Washington University, DC) and the concluding remarks will be given by Dr Marta Ajmar, (Victoria and Albert Museum, London). The symposium is generously supported by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon.
Material Culture of the Mines in Early Modern Europe I-II, at the Renaissance Society of America annual conference, Berlin March 26-28. Co-organised with Tina Assmusen (Max Planck Institute, Berlin), Henrike Haug (Technische Universität, Berlin) and the RSA discipline representative of History of Science, Monica Azzonlini (University of Edinburgh).The sessions includes a group of international scholars as speakers and the sessions chaired by Pamela H. Smith (Columbia University) and Pamela O. Long (independent scholar).
A Queen Emerges. Hedwig Eleonora of Sweden and Baroque Court Culture around the Baltic, International symposium organised with the Royal Collections of Sweden and Stockholm University, Stockholm, 1-4 Oct. 2013 Organising committee: Merit Laine Lisa Skogh Stefan Fogelberg-Rota and Mårten Snickare..
Programme of the conference (PDF file, 240 KB)
Review of conference can be read here (PDF file, 5.6 MB)
The Varied Role of the Amateur I-II co-organised with professor Vera Keller (Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon) and discipline representative for comparative literature, professor Jessica Wolfe (University of South Carolina) at the Renaissance Society of America, New York, 27-29 March, 2014.
Additional selected Research Outputs (Exhibitions)
Victoria and Albert Museum, Europe 1600-1800 (aspects of the Cabinet), new permanent gallery, opens late autumn 2015
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Wild Boar and Peaches. A reunion of Two 18th-century Artists 2008.