Conferences, Journals, Fellowships
Call for Papers
Renaissance Society of America
RSA, Chicago, March 30 – April 1, 2017.
What’s New about Old Women?---in Netherlandish Art
The subject of Old Age and specifically that of old women has recently become a newly explored field of historical and as well as sociological research. And imagesof aged women in the Early Modern Period in Northern Europe (1450-1700) have been studied where before they were ignored or overlooked. Numerous examples of old women can be found in portraits, genre and mythological paintings as well as in prints and drawings. Women with wrinkled faces and rheumy eyes were executed major artists: Dürer, La Tour, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Rubens and many more. It appears that images of old women were ubiquitous.
This session will explore artists who painted them—and why. What meaning did they have? Who were these women? Was there a market for such images? What was the intellectual or even common opinion about old women or images of them?
Please send a title, 150 word abstract and 150 word bio to Frima Fox Hofrichter firstname.lastname@example.org by June 5.
The Art of Law. Artistic Representations and Iconography of Law & Justice in Context from the Middle Ages to the First World War
Bruges, January 16-18, 2017.
Paper proposals of 20 minutes should be sent as 300 word abstracts including one or two images, together with a short academic CV and publication list, to Stefan.Huygebaert@ugent.be and Vanessa.Paumen@brugge.be by June 1, 2016 at 17:00. The organizers invite junior and senior scholars from all disciplines involved (art history, legal history, political and/or institutional history, archeology, architectural history and other fields from the humanities) as well as museum professionals.
The authors of the selected papers will be notified by 15 July, 2016. A selection of papers will be peer reviewed and published in the form of an academic book. The conference will take place in the Groeningemuseum (Bruges, Belgium) on 16, 17 and 18 January, 2017. A private visit to the exhibition The Art of Law will be part of the program.
Keynote speaker : Carolin Behrmann (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Plank-Institut)
Organized by the Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands and Musea Brugge, the Museum Hof van Busleyden and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Ghent Legal History Institute, the Belspo IAP Justice & Populations. The Belgian Experience in International Perspective and the Belspo IAP City & Society.
Marc Boone (Ghent University), Bruno De Wever (Ghent University), Stefan Huygebaert (Ghent University/FWO), Samuel Mareel (Museum Hof van Busleyden/Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp/Ghent University), Georges Martyn (Ghent University), Vanessa Paumen (Flemish research centre for the arts in the Burgundian Netherlands/ Groeningemuseum), Xavier Rousseaux (UCL), Nathalie Tousignant (USL).
Journals and Book Series
Call for Proposals
Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art (JHNA)
The Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art (www.jhna.org) announces its next submission deadline, August 1, 2016. Please consult the journal's Submission Guidelines.
JHNA is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published twice per year. Articles focus on art produced in the Netherlands (north and south) during the early modern period (c. 1400-c.1750), and in other countries and later periods as they relate to this earlier art. This includes studies of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, tapestry, architecture, and decoration, from the perspectives of art history, art conservation, museum studies, historiography, technical studies, and collecting history. Book and exhibition reviews, however, will continue to be published in the HNA Newsletter.
The deadline for submission of articles is August 1, 2016.
Alison M. Kettering, Editor-in-Chief
Mark Trowbridge, Associate Editor
Dagmar Eichberger, Associate Editor
Jacquelyn Coutré, Associate Editor
New Series from Amsterdam University Press
A forum for innovative research on the role of images and objects in the late medieval and early modern periods, Visual and Material Culture, 1300-1700 publishes monographs and essay collections that combine rigorous investigation with critical inquiry to present new narratives on a wide range of topics, from traditional arts to seemingly ordinary things. Recognizing the fluidity of images, objects, and ideas, this series fosters cross-cultural as well as multi-disciplinary exploration. We consider proposals from across the spectrum of analytic approaches and methodologies.
For more information, or to submit a proposal, please contact Erika Gaffney, Senior Acquisitions Editor, at Erika.Gaffney@arc-humanities.org. Or, visit https://www.facebook.com/VMCseries/?ref=br_rs or http://en.aup.nl/series/visual-and-material-culture-1300-1700.
HNA Fellowship 2017-18
We urge members to apply for the 2017-18 Fellowship. Scholars of any nationality who have been HNA members in good standing for at least two years are eligible to apply. The topic of the research project must be within the field of Northern European art ca. 1400-1800. Up to $2,000 may be requested for purposes such as travel to collections or research facilities, purchase of photographs or reproduction rights, or subvention of a publication. Preference will be given to projects nearing completion (such as books under contract). Winners will be notified in February 2015, with funds to be distributed by April. The application should consist of: (1) a short description of project (1-2 pp); (2) budget; (3) list of further funds applied/received for the same project; and (4) current c.v. A selection from a recent publication may be included but is not required. Pre-dissertation applicants must include a letter of recommendation from their advisor.
Applications should be sent, preferably via e-mail, by December 14, 2016, to Paul Crenshaw, Vice-President, Historians of Netherlandish Art. E-mail: email@example.com; Postal address: Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence RI 02918-0001.
Fulbright-American Friends of the Mauritshuis Award
The purpose of the grant is to provide advanced training, research and educational opportunities in paintings conservation. The grant will focus on the study, examination and treatment of works of art in the collection of the Mauritshuis, in combination with a tailor made study program at the University of Amsterdam. The grantee will gain practical experience and knowledge treating paintings in the conservation studio of the Mauritshuis, under the supervision of the conservators of the museum. The grantee will participate in workshops, (informal) lectures, symposia and other events at the university. During the grant period, research will not only include paintings in the Mauritshuis collection, but also pictures in other Dutch and/or European institutions.
Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden Prize 2016
Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden Association
Hôtel de Ville
Enclos Saint-Martin, Rue Saint-Martin
B-7500 Tournai, Belgium
The international non-profit scientific association, Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden hereby calls for nominations for the biennial "Roger de le Pasture / Rogier Van der Weyden Prize" to be awarded at the end of 2016.
This year the prize will reward two Master Theses related to the history of figurative arts in the Southern Netherlands during the Burgundian period (late 14th – early 16th centuries). The first place will be awarded one thousand five hundred euros (1500 €) and the second place will be awarded one thousand euros (1000 €).
The works should be written in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, and must have been defended during the academic years of 2015 or 2016. Candidates will include with their application: a summary of their work as well as the jury results and a recommendation letter from their advisor.
The thesis should be submitted in two copies and should reach the Association before Friday October 7, 2016, proof of postage, and should be sent by regular mail to Mr. Serge Hustache, President of the International scientific association Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden, Cité Georges Point, rue Paul Pastur, 4, B-7500 Tournai, Belgium. Candidates must include their e-mail address with the package for e-mail confirmation of receipt. Copies will not be returned. They will be given to the Association’s collection in the Tournai City Library and, for ten years, they may only be consulted with author’s permission.
The Board of Directors of the Association is competent for any and all problems relating to the prize or for failure to comply with the above regulations. The Board’s decisions are final and no reasons will be given for non-selection.
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Recent laureates of the Roger de le Pasture / Rogier van der Weyden Prize:
2014 : Rozanne DE BRUIJNE (University of Amsterdam) and Daan VAN HEESCH (KU Leuven), for their Master thesis on the Norfolk triptych, kept in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen of Rotterdam, and the Sketchbook of Berlin.
2012 : Élodie De Zutter (Université libre de Bruxelles) and Ruben Suykerbuyk (Universiteit Gent), for their Master thesis on a portrait of Philip the Good kept in the St Magdalen Hospital in Ath and Michiel Coxcie’s copies of old masters.
2010 : Dominic Delarue (Universität Heidelberg) and Silvia Caporaletti (Università degli Studi di Padova), for their Master thesis on the Vie de saint Josse, an illuminated manuscript from the Burgundian ducal library and the influence of Flemish art on Giovanni Boccati and Antonio da Fabriano, painters from the Marche region.
Scholar-in-residence at the Dutch University Institute for Art History
The Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence (NIKI)
offers a scholar-in-residency accommodation for a distinguished
researcher in art history to spend time dedicated to his/her projects.
A candidate for this accommodation will have an excellent international
reputation in a field of research that is of relevance to the Institute
(Italian art; artistic relations between Italy and the Low Countries;
Netherlandish art in Italy).
A scholar-in-residence is offered:
- 4 month accommodation in the Dutch University Institute for Art
History in Florence, including standard housing utilities
- Access to the research library and photographic archives
During the period of residency, the scholar will:
- prepare a scholarly publication
- give public lectures at the Institute and/or
- assist with the current teaching activities at the Institute and/or
- participate with the organization of an international conference
- actively participate in the Institute’s scholarly community
- if relevant, create opportunities for collaboration between the
Institute and one’s home university
Applications can be submitted at any time. There is no deadline for
applications. Candidates will indicate the period that they would like
to be in residence.
Application will include:
- a letter of application for the scholar-in-residency
- a proposal for the period of the scholar-in-residency, not to exceed
- a CV
- name of editor/publisher of projected publication
- names of 2 colleagues from whom recommendations may be requested
- Research topic’s relevancy to the areas of focus promoted by the
- Innovative nature and feasibility of proposed research
- motivation for a residency at the Institute
- Quality and structure work plan
- potential contribution to the teaching activities at the Institute
- Applications must be submitted by email to the director of the Dutch
University Institute for Art History in Florence: prof. dr. Michael W.
- Based on the selection criteria, the Director advises the chair and
two members of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute. Together
they form the selection committee.
- The director informs the applicant on the outcome of the selection
Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell'Arte, Viale Torricelli
5, 50125 Firenze
Tel. 055.221612 Fax. 055.221106
The Department of Art History of the University of Amsterdam will start a new two-year MA program Arts of the Netherlands, in active collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, the Mauritshuis, the Van Gogh Museum, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and many other museums and cultural and heritage institutions in the Netherlands and Flanders. The program will commence in September 2016.
Arts of the Netherlands is dedicated to the study of the artistic tradition of the Low Countries from circa 1400-1900 and comprises the fields of Early Netherlandish Art, Dutch and Flemish Art of the Golden Age and modern art from the 19th and early 20th Centuries. This research driven program will accommodate a maximum of 15 outstanding students per year, who will be selected on the basis of merit. Arts of the Netherlands is committed to an international perspective and will be taught in English. The program is targeted primarily towards students who aspire to an academic or museum career.
The information about the new program and the link to the application page are now online:
The rolling admission process is now open. The application deadline is May 15, 2016, but students are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience.
The program will be introduced during an information meeting for students on Thursday, February 18, from 5 to 6 pm, at the P.C. Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, in Amsterdam. Applicants can also contact the program coordinator, Prof. dr. Hugo van der Velden, for questions or further information about the curriculum (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Knowledge of the Curator. New Directions in Art History & Curatorial Practice
University of Groningen, July 17-23, 2016.
Application deadline May 1, 2016.
Mellon MA History of Art Courtauld Institute of Art
Visualizing Knowledge in the Early Modern Netherlands, c. 1550-1730
Taught by Prof Joanna Woodall and Dr Eric Jorink
The Southern Netherlands and later the Dutch Republic were not only famous for their art production, but at the centre of the fundamental reconfigurations of knowledge that took place in Europe during the early modern period. Cities such as Antwerp, Leiden and later Amsterdam were ‘hubs’ attracting merchants, printers, artists and scholars from all over Europe. Old as well as new models for knowledge were not only debated but also made visible and even made tactile. Moreover, it was in the Dutch Republic that the revolutionary philosophy of René Descartes was conceived and first published. This course will be particularly concerned with the role of visuality and visual materials in these exciting developments.
We shall explore, throughout the course, the fascinating questions of what knowledge was in the early modern period, and how its foundations were shifting. While some artists were engaged in representing the Garden of Eden, the Ark or the Temple on paper and canvas or in wood as a model of knowledge, others became fascinated by the influx of unknown information for the East and West Indies and other parts of the world. Illustrations – schemes, abstractions, or images done after life – played an increasing role in the debate about the New Philosophy. Rembrandt’s Anatomy lesson of Dr Tulp was one of the many paintings in which knowledge was questioned and constructed, as were Vermeer’s Cartographer and Astronomer. Cabinets of curiosities – by far the richest in Europe – were productive sites of knowledge, where words and things were connected, often displaying previously unknown naturalia and artificialia. Another major theme will be the changing relationship between visual materials and the authority with which they were invested. Rather than separating ‘works of art’ from ‘scientific’ illustrations and materials, the course will encompass paintings, drawings and prints by canonical artists alongside, for example, the illustrations to Descartes’ Discours, original drawings by Maria Sibylla Merian and even anatomical preparations.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation MAs are Options in which a visiting scholar from another discipline enters into dialogue with a member of the faculty at the Courtauld Institute. They are offered for only one year. Dr. Eric Jorink is an expert on Dutch scientific culture of the early modern era. He is Researcher at the Huygens Institute for Netherlands History (Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences) in The Hague and the author of Reading the Book of Nature in the Dutch Golden Age, 1575-1715 (Brill 2010; reviewed in this issue of the Newsletter).
Students with a background in art history, history and/or the history of science and ideas are particularly encouraged to apply for this Option. Knowledge of Dutch or a Germanic language, whilst not essential, would be an advantage.
We are accepting applications to this MA Special Option on a rolling basis.
Academic Registry The Courtauld Institute of Art Somerset House, Strand London WC2R 0RN UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2635 / 2645 Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2410 Email: email@example.com
Netherlandish Art and Architecture in an International Perspective
Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands) offers a new Master's specialisation in Netherlandish Art and Architecture in an
International Perspective. This comprehensive, one-year programme explores the history of painting and sculpture, architecture and the decorative arts
of the Netherlands from the Late Middle Ages to the present. Taught in English, it gives students from different countries the opportunity to
specialise in one of the most fascinating fields in art history.
Prospective students will need a Bachelor's degree in Art History or Cultural Studies, or at least 45 EC points (or equivalent) in art history courses.
In all other cases, portfolio and motivation will determine whether the candidate meets the programme requirements. In addition, students will need
adequate English language skills.
For more information, visit our website www.ru.nl/masters/naa, or contact us at Radboud University's Student Information Desk (T: +31 (0)24 361 2345; E: firstname.lastname@example.org).