Conférence en ligne : Emotional Objects – Northern Renaissance Afterlives in Object, Image and Word, Londres, The Warburg Institute, le 22 avril à 17h

A One-Day International Symposium, the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. Organized by Professor Juliet Simpson, FRSA, FRHistS (Coventry University/Warburg Institute)

Keynote (confirmed): Prof. dr. Gabriele Rippl, Universität Bern

In 1920 Louis Gillet, the French art historian and internationalist published a rousing article defending the repatriation of stolen fragments from the Van Eycks’ Ghent Altarpiece from Germany to Belgium as ‘un drapeau’. His ensign of a Northern patrimony pitched as an emotive call for a different cultural ‘belonging’ post-1918 was part of a pattern. Jean Fouquet’s Melun diptych was vaunted as both a ‘jewel’, yet the opprobrium of France. At its most charged was the identification of Matthias Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece with extreme War trauma during its 1918-19 Munich display. Yet these Northern Renaissance ‘Afterlives’ remain neglected. This symposium will explore how responses to the Northern Renaissance (in the period spanning the early 1900s-early 1930s) were mediated via objects, images and words in potently emotive contexts of reception, recreation, visual and material imaginaries and contemporary cultural memory making.

Paper topics will encompass: staging Northern Renaissance exhibitions, collections; migrating artist-emblems; tournaments and projecting nation-hood, astrologies and modernities, emotional viewing and German prints, Wöfflin’s ‘North’; Huizinga’s ‘anxious’ medieval modern; the pathos of Northern Renaissance architecture. Via these, and related explorations, a pivotal ambition will be to ask new questions about meanings, identities and agencies of Northern Renaissance afterlives in an emotional politics of cultural reception and memory from the early 1900s-to the Weimar Republic close.

Organizing Committee:

  • Professor Juliet Simpson (Coventry University/Warburg Institute)
  • Dr Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff (Finnish National Gallery-Ateneum)
  • Dr Stefan Bauer (Royal Holloway, University of Warwick)
  • Professor dr. Gabriele Rippl (Universität Bern)

The organizers gratefully acknowledge funded support for this conference from the Royal Historical Society, the Warburg Institute/School of Advanced Studies, University of London, and Coventry University’s Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities.

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