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Art of the Southern Netherlands, Gdańsk and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Symposium: 21 March 2015

Conference organized by the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre and the University of Gdańsk in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Theatrum Gedanense Foundation.

Art of the Southern Netherlands, Gdańsk and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth to be held in Gdańsk, 21 March 2015.

Supervised and co-organized by Professor Jacek Tylicki, the conference will be staged on the historical premises of the Old Town City Hall in Gdańsk, as a part of the Flemish cultural days (the ‘Flemish Week’) in Gdańsk, supported financially by the cities of Ghent and Mechelen.

The topics addressed will include, among others, the cultural expansion of 15th and early 16th century Bruges, the 16th century pictorial culture of Antwerp, and various aspects of Flemish art in the 17th century, including Baroque sculpture. The reaction in Polish art historiography to the strong presence of Netherlandism in modern-era Gdańsk culture will also be considered.

The city of Gdańsk constituted a key link in the process of exchange of intellectual and artistic ideas (including transmission of formal and iconographic patterns) between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Low Countries, also serving as leading centre for financial relations of both lands. It is therefore not surprising that the wealthy Baltic seaport furthermore acted as a chief regional spot for art imports and trade. The aim of the conference is to shed some new light on dissemination of artistic phenomena deriving from the Southern Netherlands in this part of Europe, both through migrant masters, and itinerant artworks.

The official conference languages are English and Polish

Conference coordinator: Maria Gostyńska


8.30 Registration of participants, Old Town City Hall, Gdańsk
9.00-9.30 Greeting – Prof. Jerzy Limon, Prof. Jacek Tylicki

Session 1 (chairing: Prof. Jacek Tylicki)
9.30-10.00 Prof. Dr. Manfred Sellink (Director, Royal Fine Arts Museum Antwerp)
Antwerp’s Golden Age: making images in the 16th century

10.00-10.30 Dr. Till-Holger Borchert (Chief Curator, Groeningemuseum Bruges)
Brugia extra muros: the export of Bruges paintings in the 15th and early 16th century to Europe

10.30-11.00 Dr. Nico van Hout (Research Curator, Royal Fine Arts Museum Antwerp)
Rubens Receiving the Crown Prince of Poland and Other Stories

11.00-11.30 Discussion
11.30-12.00 Pause

Session 2 (chairing: Dr. Jacek Friedrich)
12.00-12.30 Dr. Emile van Binnebeke (Curator of European Sculpture and Furniture, Royal Art and Historical Museums, Brussels)
Flemish Baroque sculpture, status quo and possible horizons

12.30-13.00 Prof. Dr. Ryszard Szmydki (Papal John Paul II University, Cracow)
The role of Gdańsk in acquiring Netherlandish tapestries for the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 16th and 17th centuries

13.00-13.30 Dr. habil. Jolanta Talbierska (Director, General and Keeper of the Print Room, University of Warsaw Library)
Art of the Southern Netherlands and Printmaking in 17th Century Gdańsk. A case study of Jeremias Falck and Daniel Schultz

13.30-14.00 Dr. Jacek Żukowski (Warsaw)
The Arch of Philip and the Gate of Vladislaus, or reception of Antwerp ephemeral art in Gdańsk A.D. 1646

14.00-14.30 Discussion
14.30-15.30 Pause

Session 3 (chairing: Dr. Jacek Żukowski)
15.30-16.00 Hanna Benesz, M.A. (Curator Emeritus of Early Netherlandish and Flemish Painting, National Museum in Warsaw)
Flemish pictures addressing the theme of Justice

16.00-16.30 Dr. Franciszek Skibiński (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń)
The Constructors of Hamlet’s Castle. Netherlandish architects and artists on the Baltic 1550-1600

16.30-17.00 Dr. Jacek Friedrich (Director, Gdynia City Museum; University of Gdańsk)
Netherlandism in the art of old Gdańsk in the eyes of Polish researchers in the 20th century

17.00-17.45 Discussion and conference conclusion (Prof. Jacek Tylicki)

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