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AiS - The Objects of Art + Architecture

When:Tu 03-04-2018 17:00 - 19:00
Where:Oude Boteringestraat 34.002

The ICOG research centre Arts in Society organizes a new session of The Objects of Art + Architecture seminar on Tuesday 3 April 2018. During this seminar, Camelia Errouane and Jan de Jong will discuss their latest research. All are welcome to attend.

Camelia Errouane (RUG) - Nineteenth-century Ghost Photography

In the nineteenth century, photography was used to capture images of ghosts and the occurrence of supernatural phenomena, such as levitating tables. Many of them were obvious frauds. Others could be characterized as attempts to investigate these events. After all, the nineteenth century was the century of groundbreaking discoveries. Microbiological research by Louis Pasteur and others, for example, had laid bare the hitherto invisible world of microbes, to name just one innovation of the period. In this presentation, I will explore ways in which art historians could study ghost photographs.

Dr Jan de Jong (RUG) - Vivens Sibi Posuit. Cardinals commissioning a tomb for themselves (1400-1600)

In my contribution, I propose to study tomb monuments that were commissioned by the person who was to be buried in it (vivens sibi posuit). My main question is: Why would someone while still alive erect a tomb monument for him/her self, and which image and/or memory of him/her self does (s)he want to bequeath to posterity via this tomb? In order to answer this question, I will focus on tombs of (Catholic) clergymen. As they were supposed to live a celibate life, the tombs they erected were only for themselves and not - as was usual when married persons commissioned a grave for themselves - also for their wife/husband and children. As the highest clergy members usually erected the most elaborate tombs, I will concentrate on tomb monuments that cardinals constructed for themselves in churches in Rome, in the period from c. 1400 to c. 1600.