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Symposium announced for 4-5 December 2008 in Amsterdam: Art after iconoclasm: painting in the Netherlands between 1566 and 1585

Dr. Koenraad Jonckheere of the University of Amsterdam extends an open invitation to a symposium on 4-5 December 2008 on a major subject to which too little attention has been paid in art history.


Organizer’s announcement

Art after iconoclasm: painting in the Netherlands between 1566 and 1585


University of Amsterdam
Nieuwe Doelenzaal, Singel 425, Amsterdam
entrance via University Library)


15 Euro (Students: free)


In 1566 an iconoclastic movement, called the “Beeldenstorm”, struck the Netherlands. This uprising, inspired by Protestant ideas, is generally considered to be a turning point in the history of The Netherlands. As such, it has been studied in depth by historians. Art historians on the other hand have rarely studied painting in two decades between the Iconoclasm (1566) and the Fall of Antwerp (1585). It is a black hole in the art history of the Netherlands.

This symposium aims at investigating how relatively unknown, yet highly esteemed painters of the period, such as Adriaen Thomasz. Key, Frans Pourbus the Elder, Jacob de Backer, Michiel Coxcie, etc. were forced to find new iconographies, new styles, new genres and new markets under pressure of constantly shifting Catholic and Protestant regimes. The main objective is mapping the various painterly solutions to the fierce antipathy and the fervent sympathy for painting. In other words, the goal of this symposium is to explain how painting in the Netherlands in the period 1566-1585 adapted to the rapidly changing political, economical, social and religious circumstances.

Confirmed speakers

Key note lecture: Prof. dr. David Freedberg

*    Prof. dr. Arnout Balis (Free University Brussels)
*    Prof. dr. Margit Thøfner (University of East Anglia)
*    Prof. dr. Volker Manuth (Radboud University Nijmegen)
*    Dr. Anne T. Woollett (The J.P. Getty Museum)
*    Dr. Filip Vermeylen (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
*    Dr. Tine Meganck (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium)
*    Dr. Thijs Weststeijn (University of Amsterdam)
*    Dr. Karolien de Clippel (Utrecht University)
*    Dr. Koenraad Jonckheere (University of Amsterdam)