Camilla Pietrabissa - The Courtauld Institute of Art

Camilla Pietrabissa

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Camilla Pietrabissa

PhD student

Thesis: France picturesque: viewing landscapes in Parisian interiors, 1680-1750

Supervised by Prof. Katie Scott

Funded by Courtauld scholarship

My research traces the development of landscape as a pictorial genre in Paris between 1680 and 1750. Even if the Académie Royale had, among its members, several painters who specialized in landscape, artists such as Jean-Baptiste Forest, Antoine Watteau and Jean-Baptiste Oudry engaged deeply with landscape painting in their practice. They responded to the current need for naturalism by introducing new sources for the study of spatial composition, and new practices to observe the natural world. Though the careful selection of five case studies, my thesis shows that several history painters established parallel careers as landscape painters thanks to the dynamic art market and the patronage of the Parisian urban elite.


  • Courtauld Institute of Art
    2012-2013: MA History of Art. Special Option: Drawing and the circulation of knowledge in the global eighteenth century (winner of the Director’s Prize for Outstanding MA Dissertation)
  • IUAV University, Venice
    2010: MA Visual Arts Production and Curating, visiting student
  • Bocconi University, Milan
    2008-2010: MSc Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment

Research interests

  • Eighteenth-century art and the French Enlightenment
  • Theory of pictorial genres in France
  • Landscape representation in art
  • Drawing techniques

Conference Papers

  • ‘The bigger picture : Oudry’s landscapes between allegory and naturalism’, conference Allégorie et topographie à l’époque moderne, INHA, Paris, 9-10 June 2016
  • ‘Painting for painters: the landscapes of Jean-Baptiste Forest (1636-1712) and artists’ collections in Paris’, Postgraduate Symposium: Showcasing New Research, The Courtauld Institute, 10-11 March 2016
  • ‘For amusement and distraction: Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s landscape paintings in Henri-Camille de Beringhen’s cabinet’, paper read at the 14th International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 27 July 2015.
  • Il a très bien entendu le paysage’: Perspectives on Gardens and the Patronage for Watteau’s fêtes galantes’, Oxford Garden and Landscape History Seminar, Maison d’Oxford, 1 November 2014.

Recent publications

  • ‘When Medium Matters: contemporary archival relations in Tacita Dean and Seth Price’, Cinema and Art As Archive, Form, Medium, Memory, edited by Cosetta Saba and Francesco Federici, Mimesis International, 2014
  •  Review of Les secrets de la laque française: Le vernis Martin for BSECS, British Society for Eighteenth-century studies, May 2014.
  •  Entries for the exhibition catalogue Peupler les cieux. Dessins pour les plafonds parisiens au XVIIème siècle, edited by Bénédicte Gady, Musée du Louvre, February 2014

Other academic activity

  • Founding member of the Works on Paper Study Group
  • Convenor of the Early Modern Writing Workshop at the Courtauld Institute
  • Prints and Drawings Study Room Assistant, The Courtauld Gallery, London
  • Co-convenor of the Sixth Early Modern Symposium The Intelligent Hand, 1500-1800 at the Courtauld Institute of Art (November 8, 2014)n.

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