CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Ruins and retrospections: on aspects of temporality in Dutch art

symposium: 1 May 2005

A symposium to accompany the exhibition Time and transformation in 17th-century Dutch art.

Information from the symposium website

Dutch artists of the seventeenth-century depicted the world around them with new subtlety and specificity, greatly enhanced by their interest in temporal context. The powerful awareness of time that developed during this period is evident in depictions of landscapes with monumental historic ruins (both local and Italianate), the taste for rustic imagery such as time-worn farmhouses and fallen trees, vanitas still lifes, and rarer scenes that show instantaneous transformations created by floods and fires. The varied topics and approaches presented by the symposium speakers are intended to stimulate thinking about the many manifestations of time in Dutch art in order to further our understanding of the period as a whole.

Speakers are:

  • Susan Donahue Kuretsky, Vassar College, Introductory remarks
  • Walter Liedtke, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The persistence of memory in Dutch art
  • Ann Jensen Adams, University of California at Santa Barbara, Ruins in and of Dutch portraiture
  • David Levine, Southern Connecticut State University, Dutch artists in Rome and ‘Urbs Aeterna’
  • Celeste Brusati, University of Michigan, Time, temporality and fictions of presence in Dutch still life painting
  • Seymour Slive, Harvard University, Jacob van Ruisdael’s Ruins
  • Mariët Westermann, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Responding remarks

Program and registration

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