CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Rembrandt and 17th-century Dutch history painting

symposium: 13 September - 14 September 2003

From the museum website

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, is pleased to present Rembrandt and the Rembrandt school: the Bible, mythology and ancient history, an exhibition which will run from September 13th through December 14th, 2003. As a supplemental program, the NMWA, in conjunction with the The Japan Art History Society, will present an international symposium entitled, Rembrandt and 17th-century Dutch history painting in the NMWA Lecture Hall on September 13th and 14th. While the papers to be presented at this symposium will be of a highly specialized nature directed predominantly at the members of the The Japan Art History Society, we believe that these talks may prove stimulating to those with a strong interest in Dutch history and culture.

For Japan Art History Society members, the information letter for the September meeting of the Japan Art History Society will be your admission ticket to the symposium. Please bring this letter with you to the Lecture Hall on each day of the symposium. For those who wish to attend the symposium but who are not members of the Japan Art History Society, please send a return-reply attached postcard to the address listed below. The first 30 applicants will be granted admission. Successful applicants should bring the reply section of the postcard (returned to you from the NMWA) as your admission ticket to the symposium.

Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), NHK Promotions, and the Pola Art Foundation have assisted with the organization and presentation of this symposium. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to all who have been involved in the realization of this project.


Saturday 13 September 2003

13:00-13:10 Welcome by Koichi Kabayama, Director of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

13:10-13:40 Rembrandt Today, Jan Kelch, Director of the Gemaeldegalerie, Berlin

13:40-14:30 Rembrandt or an Idiosyncratic Artist — Introduction to the Exhibition, Akira Kofuku, Chief Curator of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

14:30-14:45 Break

14:45-15:30 The Reception of Rembrandt’s “Holy Family by Night”. 1722 to Today, Taco Dibbits, Curator of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

15:30-16:15 Rembrandt, his Patrons and the Bible, Volker Manuth, Professor of Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen

16:15-17:00 Discussions and Questions

Sunday 14 September, 2003

10:00-10:45 Imitation and Originality in the History Paintings of Rembrandt’s Pupils, Jonathan Bikker, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

10:45-11:30 Aert de Gelder, Jan Steen, and Houbraken’s Perfect Picture, David de Witt, Bader Curator of European Art, The Agnes Etherington Art Center, Queen’s University, Kingston

11:30-12:15 Roles of Tronies in the History Paintings of Rembrandt, Yoriko Kobayashi-Sato, Associate Professor of Mejiro University, Tokyo

12:15-12:45 Discussions and Questions

12:45-13:45 Lunch Break

13:45-14:30 Rembrandt’s Nudes: A Study of “Danae”, Akihiro Ozaki, Professor of Tohoku University, Sendai

14:30-15:15 Rembrandt and Netherlandish “Printbibles” from 16th to 18th Centuries, Tatsushi Takahashi, Professor of Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo

15:15-15:35 Discussions and Questions

15:35-15:50 Break

15:50-16:35 The Market for Dutch History Paintings, Marten Jan Bok, Universiteit van Amsterdam

16:35-17:20 Rembrandt’s “Blinding of Samson” : A Work for Artistic Emulation with Rubens?, Toshiharu Nakamura, Professor of Kyoto University

17:20-17:40 Discussions and Questions

17:40-18:00 Evaluation and Final Discussions.
Chair: Yoriko Kobayashi-Sato.