CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Paintings/problems/possibilities: a symposium dedicated to Svetlana Alpers

Symposium: 7 May 2010

The University of Amsterdam hosts a symposium dedicated to the work of Svetlana Alpers (Professor Emerita, University of California, Berkeley).
Her books on early modern painting are not easy to categorize within traditional strands of scholarship but share a progressive approach to
their subjects. The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth
(1983) turned attention away from iconography to questions about
the look and nature of Dutch painting. Rembrandt’s Enterprise: The
Studio and the Market
(1988) analyzed the master’s work in terms of his
performance on the market. More recently, Alpers has expanded her view
to Italian art in Tiepolo and the Pictorial Intelligence (1994, with
Michael Baxandall), to Spanish art in The Vexations of Art: Velazquez
and Others
(2005), and she has now turned to the making and discussing
of art today.

Pieter Saenredam, View across the choir of the St. Bavokerk, Haarlem. National Gallery London
Pieter Saenredam (1597-1665), View across the choir of the St. Bavokerk, Haarlem, 1637
National Gallery London

Svetlana Alpers will participate in a multidisciplinary assembly of
visual artist and researchers who have affinity with her thinking. She
will discuss a selection of works from the Renaissance to the present.
Her guests are the artist Jan Andriesse, historian Rudolf Dekker, artist
Jan Dibbets, painter Marlene Dumas and cultural historian Lotte van de Pol.

Registration obligatory: registration form


14:00-16:30, Agnietenkapel open from 13:30


The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History
Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age

Contact persons

Thijs Weststeijn (UvA)
Gerbrand Korevaar (Rijksmuseum)