Symposium: Vision and Visibilities in Early Modern Dutch Art

In conjunction with the Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery Organized by Bronwen Wilson, Associate Professor.

The exciting exhibit of seventeenth-century art from the Rijksmuseum provides the point of departure for a symposium that brings together international scholars to explore new perspectives in early modern Dutch visual culture. This was a context when religious conflict, globalization, and scientific discoveries prompted new claims for visual imagery and new pictorial strategies that solicited the engagement of viewers in forceful and sometimes unpredictable ways. Speakers will consider how vision and modes of depicting the world became mobilized for new political, religious and social ends and also how visual imagery mediated anxieties about vision and conflicting obligations, such as consumption and restraint.

9:45-10am Introductory Comments
Bronwen Wilson, University of British Columbia

10am-12pm Session 1 Chair: Joan Boychuk (PhD candidate, UBC AHVA)
Angela Vanhaelen, McGill University
Boredom’s Threshold: Dutch Realism
Bret Rothstein, Indiana University
Ouwehoeren: Distraction, Attention, and Visual Processing in the
Early Modern Low Countries

12-1pm Lunch (not provided)

1-3pm Session 2 Chair: Carla Benzan (PhD candidate, UBC AHVA)
Joanna Woodall, Courtauld Institute of Art
Laying the Table: The Procedures of Still-Life
Rose Marie San Juan, University College London
The Skull in the Cabinet: Unthinking Death

3-3:30pm Coffee (provided)

3:30-5:30pm Session 3 Chair: Ivana Horacek (MA candidate, UBC AHVA)
Celeste Brusati, University of Michigan
Perspectives in Flux: Viewing Dutch Pictures in Real Time
Christopher Heuer, Princeton University
Entropic Seghers

5:30-6:30pm Reception (provided)

With participation by Benjamin Schmidt (University of Washington), Lyle Massey (University of California, Irvine), Larry Silver (University of Pennsylvania), Richard Unger (University of British Columbia).

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Faculty of Arts and the Netherlands Studies Endowment Fund, Faculty of Arts, at the University of British Columbia, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Vancouver Art Gallery