Scholars’ Day ‘Renaissance Drawings from Private Antwerp Collections’
Until January 25, 2015, the Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp, is presenting for the very first time forty-two unique Renaissance drawings from the collections of private Antwerp collectors.
In the sixteenth century artists were held in particularly high regard: they ran flourishing workshops, travelled around Europe and received local and foreign commissions. Their work also consisted of drawings, a genre which developed into a separate art form.
The exhibition Renaissance Drawings from Private Antwerp Collections highlights the various functions of a drawing: as a source of inspiration for a subsequent work, as a sketch for paintings for example or as an individual art work. But drawings also became collector’s items, that were sought after. The extraordinary talent of such artists as Frans Floris, Hans Bol, Jan Brueghel, … was soon noticed by Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858-1901) as well as by contemporary Antwerp collectors. On this occasion they show their most beautiful Renaissance drawings to the public.
The exhibition was developed in collaboration with the University of Ghent where students of Art History examined the drawings with specialists. During the Scholars’ Day, specialists will focus on some of the drawings exhibited, and launch the discussion on attribution, function and iconography.
09.30. Registration and coffee/tea
10.00. Welcome by dr. Claire Baisier, director Museum Mayer van den Bergh
10.05. Introduction by the curators prof. dr. Koenraad Jonckheere & prof. dr. Maximiliaan Martens
Chair – Voorzitter: Koenraad Jonckheere
10.15. Joris Van Grieken (Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels)
Mountainuous Landscape with River Valley and the Prophet Hosea – attributed to Gillis van Coninxloo
10.40. Virginie D’haene (Groeningemuseum, Bruges)
Riverlandscape with the parable of the wise and foolish builders – Circle of Matthijs Cock
11.05. Louisa Wood Ruby (The Frick Collection, New York)
Views of Ruins in Rome – Paul Bril?
11.30. Maarten Bassens (Collection Rosier, Antwerp)
Inventio pictoria Henrici Clivensis. A Reconstruction of the Mediterranean
11.55. Conclusions of the morning session
12.30. Lunch offered by the museum
Chair – Voorzitter: Maximiliaan Martens
14.00. Anne van Oosterwijk (Groeningemuseum, Bruges)
Pieter Pourbus’ drawn oeuvre
14.30 u Jeroen Luyckx (KU Leuven)
The Repentant Mary Magdalene – Maerten de Vos
15.30. An Van Camp (British Museum, London)
Travelers at the Ruins in Pozzuoli – Jan I Brueghel
16.00. Conclusions of the afternoon session
Lectures are in English or Dutch.
Registration is free.
To register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 4th, 2015.
The number of participants is limited.
You will receive our answer/confirmation by January 7th.