15 Decembre 2015

Venue: Het Pand Zaal Rec­tor Ver­mey­len Onder­ber­gen 1 9000 Ghent


10.00-12.15: Session 1 – Collecting in the Southern Netherlands

Ses­sion chair: Koen­raad Jonck­heere

Mar­lise Rijks, The epis­te­mo­lo­gy of col­lec­ting. Artists’ and arti­sans’ col­lec­tions in seven­teenth-cen­tu­ry Ant­werp

Nadia Baadj, Ear­ly Modern Cabi­nets as Cata­lysts of Know­ledge

Jan Muylle, The Fur­ni­ture of Count Antho­ny of Aren­berg (Brus­sels, 1617)


12.15–13.45: Lunch


13.45-15.05: Session 2 - Noble and bourgeois collectors

Ses­sion chair: Chris­tine Göt­tler

Nuno Senos, Science and Empire in the col­lec­tion of the Duke of Bra­gan­ça

Rena­ta Ago, Bour­geois col­lec­tors and their sup­por­ters (Rome, XVII cen­tu­ry)


15.05–15.45: Coffee/tea


15.45-17.05: Session 3 – The global world

Ses­sion chair: Sven Dupré

Clau­dia Swan, Rari­tey­ten and other spe­ci­mens: VOC goods, lief­heb­bers, and Dutch col­lec­tions 1600–1650

Chris­tine Göt­tler, A Java­nese Dag­ger in a const­ca­mer pain­ting by Frans Fran­cken the Youn­ger: Col­lec­ting Idols and Wea­pons in the Seven­teenth-Cen­tu­ry Nether­lands

17.05–17.45: Wij­nand Mijn­hardt, Conclu­ding remarks


The his­to­ry of col­lec­ting in Ear­ly Modern Europe has recei­ved a lot of inter­est in recent years. Most exis­ting research focuses either on art col­lec­tions in rela­tion to the art mar­ket and connois­seur­ship or on the role of scho­lar­ly col­lec­tions in rela­tion to glo­bal trade net­works and new scien­ti­fic know­ledge. Lar­ge­ly igno­red howe­ver, are the col­lec­tions of prac­ti­tio­ners such as mer­chants, artists, and arti­sans. Often avid col­lec­tors them­selves, these prac­ti­tio­ners played a vital role in ear­ly modern know­ledge eco­no­mies cha­rac­te­ri­zed by an increa­sing mar­ket for mate­rial objects that were consi­de­red to be trans­mit­ters of know­ledge. Also, prac­ti­tio­ners fre­quent­ly played an impor­tant part in the for­ma­tion and conser­va­tion of prin­ce­ly and scho­lar­ly col­lec­tions. Cen­tral to this work­shop is the role of prac­ti­tio­ners in the culture of col­lec­ting in ear­ly modern Europe. Of par­ti­cu­lar inter­est are the pro­cesses through which col­lec­ted objects became sources of arti­sa­nal, artis­tic, or scien­ti­fic know­ledge and inno­va­tion. Users and behol­ders of col­lec­tions were invi­ted to observe, inves­ti­gate, depict, and ques­tion indi­vi­dual objects and their inter­re­la­tion­ships, and as such, col­lec­tions became ‘cata­lysts of know­ledge’.

This work­shop aims to bring toge­ther approaches from the domains of art his­to­ry, the his­to­ry of science, and mate­rial culture stu­dies. His­to­ries of col­lec­tions are par­ti­cu­lar­ly sui­table to inte­grate methods from dif­ferent dis­ci­plines. The mate­rial-based approach that is inex­tri­ca­bly lin­ked to the his­to­ry of col­lec­ting also opens new vis­tas about the rela­tion­ship bet­ween mate­rial objects and theo­ry. Research on col­lec­tions can shed new light on both art theo­ry and know­ledge theo­ry. How can the culture of col­lec­ting be rela­ted to the stri­ving for and trust in objec­tive know­ledge? How did the dis­play of art and other objects in col­lec­tions relate to the (reli­gious) image debates? What was the role of visua­li­za­tion in rela­tion to col­lec­ting, art theo­ry, and know­ledge prac­tices? Can col­lec­tions be unders­tood in a culture of ques­tion?


Informations pratiques

Work­shop is free of charge, but places are limi­ted, so please regis­ter here / L'entrée est libre et gra­tuite, mais les places sont limi­tées, ins­crip­tion obli­ga­toire : regis­tra­tion.


Mar­lise Rijks, Sint-Pie­ters­nieuws­traat 41, 9000 Ghent

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