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Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution – Closing Conference [CANCELED]

Research Conference: 27 April - 28 April 2020

In accordance with the Belgian national policy regarding the COVID-19 (Corona) virus, the joint organizing committee of Ghent University, the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts and Musea Brugge has decided to cancel the closing conference ‘Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution’, 27-28 April 2020 in Ghent.

As the largest ever exhibition of the work of Jan Van Eyck (1 February – 30 April 2020) draws to a close, scholarship gets the final word. Ghent University brings international experts of Art History and Medieval Studies to Ghent for a closing conference. The conference will be organized with the university’s core partners in the Van Eyck year, the Ghent Museum of Fine Arts and Musea Brugge.

The program starts with an exclusive after-hours event at the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday evening. After an introduction by the curators and opening speeches, conference participants will get a chance to enjoy the exhibition in a private viewing, followed by a reception. On Tuesday there will be a full-day conference in the Ghent University Aula with no less than six papers by internationally renowned experts from Art History and Medieval Studies.

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Monday 27 April 2020
After-hours at MSK

(Ghent, Fernand Scribedreef 1)

19:00 – 19:30: Welcome speeches

  • Rik Van de Walle, Rector of Ghent University
  • Cathérine Verleysen, Ghent Museum of Fine Arts
  • Maximiliaan Martens, Organising committee, Ghent University

19:30 – 21:30 : Private visits of the exhibition (with time slots)
Continuous reception

Tuesday 28 April 2020
Conference ‘Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution’ at UGent Aula

(Ghent, Voldersstraat 9)
Conference chair: Marc Boone (Ghent University, Professor of Medieval History and former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy)

8:30 : Registration with coffee at the Peristilium
9:00 : Opening of conference by Jan Dumolyn (Organising committee, Ghent University) & Till-Holger Borchert (Director Musea Brugge)
9:15 : Lorne Campbell – ‘The Arnolfini Portrait. The fifteenth-century versions and the development of the composition’

10:15 : Eberhard König‘Van Eyck interiors and the Turin-Milan Hours‘

11:15 : Coffee break at the Peristilium

11:45 : Hélène Dubois – ‘The Mystic Lamb restored’

12:45 : Lunch break at the Peristilium

14:00 : Susan Frances Jones – ‘Copies in Jan van Eyck’s Workshop’

15:00 : Maryan Ainsworth – ‘Unravelling the Mysteries of Jan van Eyck’s Crucifixion and Last Judgment’

16:00 : Coffee break at the Peristilium

16:30 : Wim Blockmans – ‘Incentives to a Genius’

17:30 : Closing remarks

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