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Questions of the Flesh: New Approaches to the Netherlandish Nude

Posted By Tianna H. Uchacz, Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Depictions of the nude in Netherlandish art met with an uneven reception, praised as lifelike, beautiful, and art-full or censured as indecent, dry, and fish- or stone-like. Many of the leading artists of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries took up the challenge of the nude, including Van Eyck, Memling, Gossart, Heemskerck, Floris, and Paludanus, elaborating individuated approaches to the rendering of the body and the flesh.

This panel invites papers that address various aspects of the nude in Netherlandish art. How did artists conceive of their brief when treating the nude? To what extent were they cultivating particular effects? How did the emergence of new themes or the reinvention of established ones affect the form and meaning of the nude? How did the approaches of Netherlandish artists relate to those of their contemporaries active elsewhere in Europe? This panel seeks to query what, if anything, was distinct about the Netherlandish nude.

Please send a title (15 words max.), an abstract (150 words max.), and a 1-page CV to Tianna Uchacz (tianna.uchacz@utoronto.ca) by June 4, 2016.

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