Organisatie van congressen, workshops, sessies
Conferences, workshops, chaired sessions
organized session ‘Netherlandish Illumination and Painting in the 15th and 16th centuries: Integrating new art-technical research in established approaches’ at the international conference of the Historians of Netherlandish Art in Ghent and Bruges, 24-26 May 2018 (with Dr. Anne Dubois, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, and Dr Lieve Watteeuw, Illuminare-Centre for the Study of Medieval Art & Book Heritage Lab, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Netherlandish Illumination and Painting in the 15th and 16th centuries: Integrating new art-technical research in established approaches
Technical art history found its way into the study of panel painting many decades ago, while the scientific and art-technical inquiry of illuminated manuscripts developed at a much slower pace. However, improvements in technical equipment resulted in significant progress during the past decade, with the “Inside Illumination” study day in Brussels in June 2014 and the “Manuscript in the Making: Art and Science” conference held in Cambridge (UK) in December 2016 as landmarks in technical manuscript studies. With the foundations laid, we think there are now several important steps to take.
One of the tasks is to integrate ‘classical’ art historical methods and technical research in manuscript studies, as has long been realised for panel painting. Another issue is the need for syntheses and for comparative studies: only a handful of contributions on said conferences were studies of larger groups of manuscripts or investigations over longer periods of time. Moreover, comparison of the techniques used in panel painting and manuscript illumination has hardly begun. Last but not least, technical studies into Netherlandish manuscripts have been few and far between. This is even more regrettable because in Netherlandish art of the 15th and 16th century, numerous relationships existed between panel painters and manuscript painters. Several of the most famous artists – including Rogier van der Weyden, Simon Marmion, Gerard David and Simon Bening – practiced both crafts. Furthermore, the international cultural climate in the Netherlands, along with its prominent role in global trade, provided both artists and patrons with access to the newest materials and artistic trends – the new possibilities and challenges of which still need to be evaluated.
organized session ‘Manipulating the Object: Simultaneous Readings and Experiences’ at the conference of the Historians of Netherlandish Art in Amsterdam, 26-29 May (with Prof. M.L. Goehring, New Mexico State University)
organized session on Flemish manuscript painting at the conference of the Historians of Netherlandish Art in Antwerpen, 14 March (with Prof. M.L. Goehring, New Mexico State University)
organized partial conference and round table discussion on Flemish manuscript painting at the Groninger Codicologendagen in Leeuwarden, 14-16 March (with Prof. M.L. Goehring, New Mexico State University, and Prof. J.M.M. Hermans, University of Groningen)
organized workshop Heaven & Earth for the Dutch Research School of Medieval Studies and the University of Amsterdam, 27-29 May (with Prof. C.A. Chavannes-Mazel, University of Amsterdam)