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Italy and the Low Countries, artisic relations: portraits, still lifes, market and kitchen pieces

Exhibition: 14 November 2005

The 14th annual symposium in Utrecht on Italy and the Low Countries


Instituut Kunstgeschiedenis en Muziekwetenschap, (Institute for Art History and Musicology), Utrecht
Onderzoeksschool Kunstgeschiedenis (OSK; Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History
Nederlands Interuniversitair Kunsthistorisch Instituut (NIKI; Dutch University Institute for Art History), Florence
in cooperation with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Amsterdam

From the website of the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History


On Monday 14 November 2005 the fourteenth annual symposium Italy and the Low Countries – Artistic relations will take place. This year the focus is on a number of pictorial genres which played a fundamental role in the complex field of artistic relations between Italy and the North, but did not or hardly receive the necessary spotlight during the previous editions of the symposium. Attention will be paid to the Italian import of Dutch and Flemish works belonging to these categories, activities of the northern artists producing such works at the Italian courts and elsewhere in the country, the impulses they delivered to Italian artists and the taste for and interest in such works of the Italian clientèle. Due to their specific nature and subjects the art works belonging to these genres often played a particular social role and also functioned as a mirror of social habitus and behaviour.


9:00-9:30 Coffee
H.E. Mario Brando Pensa (Ambassador of the Italian Republic)
H.E. Jan Hoekema (Ambassador for International Cultural Affairs)
Yvonne van Rooy (President Utrecht University)

Introduction: Bert Meijer (NIKI, Florence/Utrecht University)
Moderator: Guus van den Hout (Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht)

Machtelt Israëls (Amsterdam)
Absence and resemblance: Sassetta’s images of Bernardino degli Albizzeschi

Paula Nuttall (Cambridge)
Memling and Italian Renaissance portraits

Guus Sluiter (Amsterdam)
Jan Kraeck alias Giovani Caracca, portrait painter at the Savoia court

Discussion and lunch

Paola Squellati Brizio (NIKI, Florence)
Frans Pourbus’ portraits for the Gonzaga and Savoia courts

Francesca Rossi (Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona)
Meat versus fish: market and kitchen scenes in the age of the Counter-Reformation

Zoran Kwak (NIKI, Florence/Leiden University)
Competing in seductive illusions: kitchen scenes by the Dutch Late Mannerists

Kat Eisses (Utrecht)
Culinary catastrophes: Dutch advertising for Italian food”