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Godefridus Schalcken – Fascination and Impact

Research Conference: 21 January - 23 January 2016

International Conference on the occasion of the exhibition Schalcken – Painted Seduction

Information from the curator, 15 December 2015

From 25 September 2015 to 24 January 2016 the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud in Cologne presents the first ever monographic exhibition dedicated to the Dutch painter Godefridus Schalcken (1643-1706). In cooperation with the Dordrechts Museum a second venue will take place in the artist‘s hometown from 21 February to 26 June 2016.

Schalcken – Painted Seduction features roughly one third of the painter‘s known oeuvre. With 80 loans from museums and private collections in Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic and the United States, the show offers a comprehensive look at the fascinating, delicate, and witty art of Schalcken.

Highly successful in his lifetime, acclaimed and sought-after by collectors of the 18th and 19th centuries, Schalcken seems to have suffered unfairly from his popular image as the Master of Candlelight and mere follower of Gerrit Dous’s fijnschilderij – and hence has been easy to dismiss as a fleeting phenomenon. Exhibition and conference seek to update the general view on the artist, thereby stimulating further research.

To open up the discussion and broaden our understanding of the artist the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum is organizing a scholarly meeting from 21 to 23 January 2015 to accompany the exhibition. Financial support is generously granted by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Themes to be dealt with include case studies on works of Schalcken and his contemporaries, iconographical and stylistic questions, the role of patronage and connoisseurship in the artist’s day, along with technical and conservation issues.

Program and registration

The conference program and more information is also available on

Conference Program updated 17 December 2015

Thursday, 21 January 2016

from 15:00 Registration of the Participants

16– 18:00 Visit to the Exhibition

19:00 Key Note Lecture (in German) as part of the Public Lecture Program “Kunstbewusst im Wallraf”:

Peter Hecht, Utrecht: Beschränkung wird Marke – die Spezialisierung in der Malerei des Godefridus Schalcken


Friday, 22 January 2016, Stiftersaal WRM

Godefridus Schalcken – Aspects of His Work and Technology

Chair: Anja K. Sevcik, Cologne

9:00 Welcome by the director, Marcus Dekiert, Cologne

Introduction to the Conference Program by the exhibition curator, Anja K. Sevcik

9:30 Wayne Franits, Syracuse NY: Schalcken in London – Self-Portraiture as Self Promotion

10:15 Eddy Schavemaker, Amsterdam: What’s in a Date? Some Thoughts on the Challenge of Establishing a Chronology for Schalcken’s Œuvre

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Adriaan Waiboer, Dublin: Godefridus Schalcken and the Network of Dutch Seventeenth-Century Painters

12:15 Anja K. Sevcik, Cologne: “Boozing, Feasting,Carousing” – a note on Schalcken’s painting of Ceres and possible sources

12:30 Lunch Break

14:00 Betsy Wieseman, London: Savvy, Suave and Stylish – Godefridus Schalcken and the Business of Portraits

14:45 Norbert Middelkoop, Amsterdam : A curious case of copying – Schalcken’s portrait of Joan Corver

15:00 Nicole Elizabeth Cook, New York: From Amoris Causa to Pygmalion’s Creative Dream- Godefridus Schalcken and Theories of Love and Art

15:45 Tea Break

16:15 Quentin Buvelot, The Hague: Format Changes in Painting on Panel by Schalcken and other Fijnschilders

17 -19:00 Visit to the exhibition with discussion of selected works


Saturday, 23 January 2016, Stiftersaal WRM

Godefridus Schalcken – Collectors‘ Passion and Afterlife

Chair: Tico Seifert, Edinburgh

9:00 Introduction: Tico Seifert, Edinburgh

9:15 Jan Six, Amsterdam/London: Schalcken’s Pupil Arnold Boonen

10:00 Yannis Hadjinicolaou, Berlin: Synagonism in Dordrecht – Arent de Gelder´s Handeling and his Network of Friends

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Justus Lange, Kassel: “With profoundly expression“ – Landgraf Wilhelm VIII von Hessen Kassel and his appraisal for Schalcken’s work

11:30 Gero Seelig, Schwerin: „So rahr, das man überhaupt in kein Cabinet sie antrifft” – The Quest for Paintings by Schalcken for Schwerin

12:00 Everhard Korthals Altes, Delft : Schalcken in Eighteenth Century-Collections

12.30 Lunch Break

14-14:45 Junko Aono, Fukuoka: In the glow of candlelight – a note on Nicolaas Verkolje’s approach to the art of Godefridus Schalcken

15-16:15 Public Panel Discussion (in German): Godefridus Schalcken – Fascination and Impact

Moderation: Tico Seifert, Curator of the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Panel :

Gregor J.M. Weber, Head of the Fine and Decorative Arts department at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Peter Hecht, Professor at the Institute for Art History at Utrecht University

Jörg Streichert, Executive Secretary of the Society of Friends of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Anja K. Sevcik, Head of the Department of Baroque Painting, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne

16.15 h Farewell Coffee and Tea

The main conference language will be English, attendance is free of charge, but registration via patricia.dietrich(at)wallraf(dot)museum is required.

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