Making Art, Making Meaning in Fifteenth Century Flanders Workshop

October 19, 2018

The Europe Institute was at full capacity for "Making Art, Making Meaning in Fifteenth-Century Flanders," a workshop organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos  at the Frick Collection. It examined the making and meaning of art in fifteenth-century Flanders, with the aim of considering the context of Jan van Eyck’s Virgin and Child with St. Barbara, St. Elizabeth, and Jan Vos, which is the center of the exhibition. 

The two panels commenced after introductory remarks by David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art, Columbia University and Director of The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America.

The first was The Exhibition and the Artists, moderated by Pamela Smith, Seth Low Professor of History, Columbia University, and Director of the Making and Knowing Project, with panelists Emma Capron, Curator of Exhibition, The Charterhouse of Bruges, Maryan Ainsworth, Curator of Northern Renaissance Painting, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Susan Jones, Research for the Van Eyck Research in Open Access Project, KIK-IRPA, Brussels.

The second was The Religious and Institutional Context, moderated by Martha Howell, Miriam Champion Professor of History, Columbia University, with panelists Till-Holger Borchert, Director of the Musea Brugge, Jan Dumolyn, Professor of History, University of Ghent, and Ingrid Falque, researcher at FNRS, Belgium, and the University of Louvain.

Concluding remarks were provided by Walter Prevenier, Professor Emeritus, University of Ghent.

The workshop was co-sponsored by the Studies of the Dutch-Speaking World, the European Institute, the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, the Department of History, the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and the Making and Knowing Project, Columbia University, with the support of the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, and in cooperation with the Frick Collection. 

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