Conference: Max J. Friedländer (1867-1958): art-historian, museum director, connoisseur, Amsterdam, 8th of June 2017


20328530979Conference: Max J. Friedländer (1867-1958): art-historian, museum director, connoisseur, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, June 8, 2017
Registration deadline: Jun 5, 2017

The 5th of June 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Max J.
Friedländer (1867-1958). This milestone offers an excellent opportunity
to reflect on the legacy of this still well-esteemed art historian.
Friedländer was appointed director of the Kupferstichkabinett in 1908,
then subdirector of the Gemäldegalerie in 1912 and finally director of
the latter in 1929. Under the energetic leadership of Wilhelm Bode,
general director of the Berlin museums, Friedländer developed into a
recognised connoisseur and author of over eight hundred publications,
of which Die Altniederländische Malerei (Early Netherlandish Painting)
and Von Kunst und Kennerschaft (On Art and Connoisseurship) are the
best known.

In the history of art history Friedländer is primarily associated with
“connoisseurship”, a competence which he considered most important.
According to Friedländer, connoisseurship embodies a subjective form of
scholarship and can only be gained by practice. The lack of a
theoretical underpinning and the impossibility of factual verification,
however, gradually led to the decline of connoisseurship as a scholarly
method, especially in the academic field.

The symposium aims at highlighting Friedländer’s merits for the history
of art. Specialists from Belgium, Germany, the United States and The
Netherlands will present a diverse range of papers that will call
attention to Friedländer’s work as museum official, scholar and
connoisseur. Moreover, the relevance of connoisseurschip for today’s
art history will be discussed.

The organization of this international symposium is in collaboration
with the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague, the
University of Bamberg and the CVNK (Contactgroep Vroege Nederlandse
Kunst/Network for specialists in early Netherlandish art).


09.00-09.30 Registration and coffee

09.30-09.40 Welcome

09.40-10.00 Suzanne Laemers: Max J. Friedländer, an introduction to a
renowned art historian

Friedländer’s activity at the Berlin museums and his relation with his
colleagues, art dealers and collectors

10.00-10.20 Sandra Kriebel: Exhibiting Berlin private collections: Max
J. Friedländer as curator of loan exhibitions

10.20-10.40 Claire Baisier: Max J. Friedländer and the Antwerp
collector and connoisseur Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (1858-1901)

10.40-11.10 Coffee

11.10-11.30 Catherine B. Scallen: Max J. Friedländer and Duveen Bros.

11.30-11.50 Dr. Timo Saalmann: Connoisseurship in doubt: Max J.
Friedländer, the art market and antisemitism in the early 1930s

11.50-12.20 Discussion

12.20-13.30 Lunch

13.30-13.40 Bart Fransen: Friedländer 3.0: Max J. Friedländer’s Early
Netherlandish Painting as online database

Evaluation of Friedländer’s scholarly contribution to the history of art

13.40-14.00 Simon Elson: The poet or Max J. Friedländer’s art commentary

14.00-14.20 Eveliina Juntunen: Max J. Friedländer and modern
printmaking in Germany. Some thoughts about his influence on its
reception and on the art market

14.20-14.50 Discussion

14.50-15.20 Coffee

The importance of connoisseurship as a method in art history, including
the field of technical study and its rivalry with the learned eye, and
the necessity of teaching connoisseurship

15.20-15.40 Katrin Dyballa: Connoisseurship: A precondition for writing
a collection catalogue

15.40-16.00 Carol Pottasch/Kirsten Derks: The Lamentation by Rogier van
der Weyden (Mauritshuis, The Hague) in the context of traditional
connoisseurship and technical research

16.00-16.20 Milko den Leeuw/Oliver Spapens: Connoisseurship and
technical examination: opposites or complimentary methods?

16.20-16.30 Daantje Meuwissen: Connoisseurship os MA-specialisation at
the VU University Amsterdam

16.30-17.00 Discussion and closing remarks

17.00-18.00 Drinks and possibility to visit the Middle Ages and
Renaissance Galleries

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CFP: Early Netherlandish Art in the Long 19th Century (Ghent, 24 – 26 May 18)

N-0186-00-000118-wpuCFP: Early Netherlandish Art in the Long 19th Century (Ghent,
24 – 26 May 18), Ghent, May 24 – 26, 2018
Deadline: Jun 1, 2017
To submit a proposal for consideration, please send a 250 word
abstract, a 100 word bio, and a 1-2 page CV to
by June 1, 2017.

Francis Haskell famously argued that the “rediscovery” of early
Netherlandish painting in the nineteenth century was central to the
notions of history and culture that undergirded the rise of the modern
nation-states of Belgium and the Netherlands. This view has been
enriched by recent scholarship on the medieval and Renaissance
revivalist movements that took hold in both countries from about 1840
through the early years of the twentieth century. Yet the complex
relationship between artistic and literary practices of the period and
the emergence of a distinctly northern European history of art remains
largely unexamined, and its implications unacknowledged.

As Léon de Laborde, Camille Lemonnier, Émile Verhaeren, Hippolyte
Fierens-Gevaert, and, slightly later, Johan Huizinga published
pioneering investigations into the world of Van Eyck, Memling, and
Rubens, a similar retrospective spirit animated the artistic
imagination. Painters from Henri Leys to Fernand Khnopff and writers
from Charles De Coster to Maurice Maeterlinck embraced northern
precedents as a key source of inspiration for works that were at once
contemporary and rooted in a rich regional heritage.

This panel aims to explore the interplay between the visual arts and
the nascent field of art history in Belgium and the Netherlands. It
seeks twenty-minute papers which address how artists, critics,
historians, and others working in the Low Countries and abroad
developed diverse perspectives on their past that continue to shape our
understanding of the subject. Papers addressing specific instances of
revivalism and historicism are welcome, as are broader studies of
historiographical and literary trends, which offer insight into how one
era may mediate and even define our vision of another.

Papers must be based on ongoing research and
unpublished. Participants must be HNA members at the time of the

Panel Chairs: Edward Wouk, Assistant Professor, The University of
Manchester; Alison Hokanson, Assistant Curator, The Metropolitan Museum
of Art

Conference: After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443-1517, St Anne’s College, Oxford, 28th June 2017 – 30th June 2017

238d-5c94-4eb4-bd92-3202Conference: After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443-1517, St Anne’s College, Oxford, 28th June 2017 – 30th June 2017
Fees: Standard Registration Fee – £160.00; graduate Registration Fee – £120.00; dinner – £60.00
Register by June 21

After Chichele adopts an investigative and interdisciplinary approach. The period has been chosen precisely because the inner workings of English intellectual and religious life during these years have proved challengingly resistant to the formation of grand critical narratives. What are the chief currents driving the intellectual and cultural life of the church in England during this period? What happened to intellectual questioning during the period, and where did the church’s cultural life express itself most vividly? What significant parochial, regional, national and international influences were brought to bear on English literate practices? In order to address these questions, the conference will adopt an interdisciplinary focus, inviting contributions from historians, literary scholars, and scholars working on the theology, ecclesiastical history, music and art of the period.



How to Apply: Proposals for either 3-paper sessions or individual papers will be equally welcome. Individual papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please submit an abstract of no more that 250 words and a brief CV to
Deadline: 15 June 2017.

NB: Conference Registration Fees:
Participation with Paper: 75€ (Registration fee includes documentation and coffee-breaks);
• Attendance: 30€ for the general public and 25€ for students;
• Gala Dinner: 35€.

In December, as the third year of its six-year Strategic Project draws to a close, the Institute for Medieval Studies – whose research groups have been working around our main theme, “People and Knowledge in Motion: Medieval Portugal in Trans-European Networks” – is hosting a Conference aimed at bringing together scholars from around the world in order to discuss and reassess the research undertaken in the Institute and in the wider academic world on mobility, the circulation of models, and phenomena of a global nature during the Middle Ages. In the course of the last three years, researchers specialising in the areas of History, History of Art, Archaeology and Literature, have developed their research with a strong emphasis on the question of the circulation of men and women, ideas, models and artefacts as mirrors of a medieval reality in which
mental, symbolic and physical mobility seems to correspond less and less to the ancient perceptions and stereotypes of Medieval Men and Society as characterized by stillness and immutability. Furthermore, work in the Institute has raised additional questions and problems intimately connected with the topics being studied, but also very much in line with current historiographical trends. For this reason, the organizers of the 4th International Conference on Medieval Europe in Motion deemed it appropriate to take our principal concern a step further and propose as its main subject the question whether or not it is possible to speak of a Global Middle Ages.
The Conference will seek to provide a forum for scholars from all disciplines who are willing to examine this topic. We invite participation from graduate students, early-career researchers and senior scholars. Papers are warmly welcome whether in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French or Italian.
The three sections of the Conference will be:
1. Debating the Global Middle Ages: Theoretical and Historiographical Approaches;
2. Texts, Images and Representations;
3. Territories and Powers: a “Glocal” Perspective.
Possible topics may include, but are by no means restricted to, the following:
• approaches to sub-global, semi-global and pan-global concepts and the discussion of contact,
exchange, interaction, circulation, integration and exclusion;
• analysis of concepts and case studies concerning diffusion, outreach, dispersal and expansion;
• approaches to concepts of impact, reception, acceptance, transformation and reform.
Selected proceedings will be edited by the Institute of Medieval Studies, as a peer-reviewed e-book, during the course of 2018.


Workshop: Arts and Court Cultures in the Iberian World (1400-1650)

horizontalWorkshop: Arts and Court Cultures in the Iberian World (1400-1650), Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University (RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA), April 28, 2017

Visual strategies of legitimization became increasingly important for
Iberian monarchies during the late medieval and early modern periods.
Mediterranean dynastic, diplomatic, and military endeavors called for
effective propaganda, both in the metropolis and in viceregal
territories, such as southern Italy. Such efforts include architecture,
both ephemeral and permanent, the decoration of palaces, court
portraiture, and historiography. The advent of a Monarchia Hispanica
under Habsburg rule required careful elaborations of national,
religious, racial, and gender identities, across a mosaic of
multilingual and multiethnic populations. This workshop aims to
highlight some of these strategies, and to create a forum for
discussion of further research avenues, under the guidance of scholars
from Spanish and American universities. It is made possible thanks to
the collaboration of the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard
University, and the University of Valencia, with additional support
from the Fulbright Commission and the BBVA Foundation.


Welcome & opening remarks

Viceregal Palaces in the Dominions of the Crown of Aragon: Charting a
Mediterranean Architecture
Prof. Mercedes Gómez-Ferrer (Universitat de València)

Icons of Dynastic Authority. Sofonisba Anguissola at Her Majesty’s
Prof. Jorge Sebastián (Universitat de València)


Facing the Infidel Other: Visual Battle Narratives and Royal Entries by
Spanish Habsburg Monarchs
Dr. Borja Franco (UNED, Madrid)

The Triumph of Tunis in Viceregal Palermo, Messina, and Naples
Prof. Cristelle Baskins (Tufts University)

Final remarks and roundtable discussion
with Prof. Felipe Pereda (Harvard University).

End of workshop

Each lecture to be followed by Q & A

SAH/Mellon Author Awards, Deadline 1 June 2017

akdims1o_400x400SAH/Mellon Author Awards
Deadline: Jun 1, 2017

These awards are designed to provide financial relief to scholars who
are publishing their first monograph on the history of the built
environment, and who are responsible for paying for rights and
permissions for images or for commissioning maps, charts or line
drawings in their publications. The publication of a monograph
continues to be the most valued demonstration of scholarly competence
for career advancement and recognition in the humanities.
Unfortunately, many authors today must provide both a fully realized
text and the financial resources for its image program. The cost for
image rights and licensing, especially for digital publications, can be
prohibitively expensive. Through this grant, SAH will provide awards to
scholars to help defray the high costs of image licensing,
reproduction, and creation of original drawings and maps for monographs
on the history of the built environment. This grant is intended as a
seed grant to assist authors to pay for these costs and to secure other
applicable grants. See website for award criteria and applications

Job (permanent): Properties Historian at English Heritage, deadline 15 April 2017

EHEnglish Heritage is looking for a Properties Historian for a permanent post based in London. Salary c. £30,000. They’re especially keen to find a specialist on castles, or a medievalist. Deadline 15 April 2017. Further details here



(From the EH site) We are looking for a historian, archaeologist or architectural historian to carry out research into our 420 historic monuments, buildings and sites. You will be part of a small team of historians working collaboratively with colleagues from across English Heritage to deliver innovative and engaging interpretation schemes for visitors to our sites.

Under the direction of a Senior Properties Historian you will be responsible for undertaking and managing research into our sites, and for the dissemination of this research to a wide audience. Working on projects with Curatorial Department colleagues, you will formulate and implement research programmes, providing content and supporting materials for high-quality new presentation schemes. You will also make research publicly available through publication in a variety of media including guidebooks, scholarly journals, the English Heritage website and Members’ Magazine.

We are looking for someone who can work independently, often to very tight deadlines, engaging constructively with a wide range of stakeholders, including curators, interpreters, visitor operations staff and external specialists. You will need to be confident in documentary and archaeological research, and able to synthesise material of different types, ranging from oral history to web-based sources. Your work will include sites from all periods in England’s history, though a specialism in the study of castles and their landscapes and/or post-medieval fortifications would be a distinct advantage.

We bring the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year. No matter what they do and where they do it, our people play their part in protecting and presenting some of the greatest places in England for the benefit and enjoyment of our visitors.

We offer a wide benefits package to our employees including a competitive pension scheme, 25 days holiday and free entry into English Heritage sites.

Closing date: 15/04/2017 23:59:59