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Comparison, Emulation and Competition – Flemish Painting in French 18th-Century Collections (Rubens Talk Series)

Online event: 14 July 2021

Date: Wednesday 14 July 2021
Times: 19:00 to 20:00 BST, and available to view for one week thereafter
Location: Zoom Webinar (Online)
Speaker: Dr Christoph Vogtherr, General Director, Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin-Brandenburg

Talk Description: 

Flemish painting rose to a prominent role in Parisian collections only in the late 17th century. Even Rubens started to be regarded as one of the major European painters considerably later than in territories of the German Empire or in Italy. This change in perception and taste went hand in hand with new modes of picture displays. In the first decades of the 18th century, the comparison of schools and painters became the guiding principle of art presentation. Flemish painting was introduced into Parisian collections in this context of emulation and competition between the schools. In the process, Flemish and French painting gained a prominence comparable to Italian art.

In this talk, Christoph Vogtherr will trace the rise of Flemish and Dutch painting in Parisian collections, its important position in picture displays and art theory, as well as its role in the formation of French 18th-century painting.

About the Speaker: Dr Christoph Martin Vogtherr is General Director of the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg. His main research interests are the history of the Prussian Royal palaces, French 18th-century painting and the history of art collecting in the 18th and 19th centuries. He was previously Director of the Hamburger Kunsthalle (2016-2019), and before that, Curator of paintings and then Director of the Wallace Collection from 2011-2016. He has published widely on 18th-century French painting.

Rubens Talk Series, 9 June to 21 July: To accompany the Wallace Collection’s new exhibition, Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes, this series of seven evening talks will explore different aspects of Rubens’s extraordinary life and achievements, the fascinating social, cultural and economic circumstances of his age, and his enduring artistic legacy.

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