Archives par étiquette : Karin Leonhard

Appel à communication : Vanitas. Reconsideration of a pictorial concept

Philippe de Champaigne, Vanitas, vers 1671, huile sur toile, 28 x 37 cm, Le Mans, musée Tessé.

Type : Appel à communication

Date limite de l’appel : 30 juin 2017

Date de l’événement : 24 – 26 mai 2018

Lieu : Belgique, Gand

Vanitas. Reconsideration of a pictorial concept

ANKK-sponsored Session

One of the most controversial pictorial concepts within the methodological debate of Netherlandish art history certainly was (and still is) the concept of the Vanitas of the mundane world. It has become quite common to view and subsume Dutch still life painting under the aspect of transience and to claim that those works include a moralizing message: The depicted objects – may it be the skull or hourglass, overturned glasses, wilted flowers, money, jewelry or instruments (used either in daily life or in art and science) – have been interpreted by art historical scholarship in rather generalizing terms as symbols of the vanity and impermanence of human life. Besides this rather cultural pessimistic interpretation there are additional readings of still life painting – for example a more sensualistic approach emphasizing the cognitive power of sense perception; or a social-historic position that links the genre to seventeenth-century European economic expansion by accentuating the importance of goods as a means to establish identity. Continuer la lecture