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Moving Sculptures & Painted Poetry

Wanneer:wo 13-09-2017 17:00 - 19:00
Waar:Oude Boteringstraat 34, Room 002

The ICOG research centers Arts in Society & Historical Studies present a session of The Objects of Art & Architecture Seminar with Prof. Aleksandra Lipińska (Munich) and Prof. Caecilie Weissert (Marburg).

Aleksandra Lipińska (Munich): “Moving sculptures. Southern Netherlandish alabasters from the 16th to 17th centuries”

The talk presents a little-known chapter of the history of the early modern Netherlandish sculpture: the serial production of small-scale alabaster reliefs, altarpieces and statuettes in the workshops of Mechelen and Antwerp between c. 1525 and 1650. It provides insight into the rules of this craft, the specificity and meaning of the material, and the marketing methods employed by Southern Netherlandish ateliers. Lipińska uniquely analyses this phenomenon from the perspective of its distant recipients in Central and Northern Europe on the basis of works largely unknown. While doing so she inquiries into the reasons for the popularity of these foreign works and the ways of their adaptation at the destination.

Aleksandra Lipińska is a professor at the Art History Institute of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich. Her research interests cover early modern northern sculpture, culture transfer between Central and Eastern Europe and other regions as well as questions of material meaning. Next to numerous articles in renowned journals (Simiolus, The Rijksmuseum Bulletin, Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art), she edited several volumes and more recently published her book Moving sculptures. Southern Netherlandish alabasters from the 16th to 17th centuries in Central and Northern Europe, Brill 2015. In 2011 she co-curated Matter of Light and Flesh. Alabaster in Netherlandish Sculpture of the 16th and 17th centuries (National Museum Gdańsk).

Caecilie Weissert (Marburg): “Frans Floris and the Poetry of the Pléiade”

According to his contemporaries, the Antwerp painter Frans Floris (1519/20-1570) was one of the most important representatives of his profession; Lodovico Guicciardini went so far as to call him the most important Netherlandish painter alive and Giorgio Vasari praised him as a “Flemish Raffael.” Beside his well-known contacts to Italy one area of discussion has focused on Floris’ contacts to France. But according to the current state of research, Floris never visited France himself. Still, he remained wellinformed about artistic developments there through his friends and students like the painter and poet Lucas d’Heere and we can find clear references to French literature in his paintings. Weissert argues that, in addition to painted references to antiquity and Italy, both the topic and the composition of some Floris paintings were heavily inspired by French artistic ideals as well.

Caecilie Weissert is currently Professor of Art History at the Philipps University Marburg and Extraordinarius Professor of Art History at the University of Stuttgart. As a Ph.D. student, she studied at the Freien Universität Berlin and at the University of Stuttgart with an extensive research stay in Paris. She received both her PhD and her Habilitation from the University of Stuttgart. 2009/2010 she was guest lecturer at the Georgia State University in Atlanta, USA and from 2012 to 2013 full professor for Art History at the University of Vienna. Her scientific interest focusses on art and cultural history of the Netherlands in the early modern period, media-historical question and the history of emotions in arts.