This lecture will aim to show how digital technologies can enhance our knowledge of the spatial environment of the Pont Notre-Dame in Paris. At one point in its history, the inhabited bridge housed a number of picture dealers which was unmatched elsewhere in Europe. This micro-historical inquiry will be based on a data application that enables a historic visualization of the location and evolution of the proportion of shops actually devoted to the trade of pictures on the bridge. However, it will also deal more specifically with Watteau’s 1720 painting, “L’enseigne de Gersaint”, using 3D digital imaging technologies. This picture was painted for Gersaint, the most innovative dealer on the Pont Notre-Dame in Paris in the first half of the eighteenth century.
Fokum || Institute of Art History and Historical Urban Studies at TU Berlin
25.06.2018 || Architecture Building of the TU, Straße des 17. Juni 150/152, 10623 Berlin